Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City of Houston Honor Dr. Earnest Pugh


Frenetta Tate, Contributing Writer

Musicians and dignitaries from all over Houston recently gathered at City Hall in Houston to commemorate and celebrate gospel recording artist, Dr. Earnest Pugh, for the great success of his 11th Billboard magazine Top 20 single, “I Need You to Breathe.”  This single is from his highly-anticipated album, Fully Persuaded, which will release in June 2017. This 11th single joins an amazing lineup of inspirational singles topping the charts for the last nine years.

Left to Right: Dr. Earnest Pugh, Kira Pugh, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and Ashley Turner.

The event began on the red carpet, hosted by KYND 1520 Radio Host, Amber Shaw and gospel recording Artist, Lonnie Hunter.  The Musician Wives’, Pat Williams, Patrick Tribitt, and many others came out to support the event and share how Dr. Pugh’s music has been an inspiration to them and has positively impacted their lives.  Gospel recording artist Terrence Hartford kicked off the celebration. Fox 26 News Anchor, Jonathan Martin and award-winning gospel artist, Kim Burrell hosted the event and kept the atmosphere filled with joyful anticipation.

A moving song tribute by David Michael Wyatt, “Rain & Glory Medley,” was a powerful prelude to Mayor Sylvester Turner, who shared words of appreciation and praise for Dr. Pugh’s success and immeasurable contributions.  On behalf of Mayor Turner and the City of Houston, May 15, 2017, was proclaimed as Dr. Ernest Pugh Day.

Gospel recording artist Kim Burrell.

The grand celebration of the man, the music, and the ministry of Dr. Pugh continued with greetings from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and a song tribute by Kathy Taylor, “The Blood Was Enough,” that provided a magnificent introduction to the video premier of the hit single. Pugh introduced his multi-talented musical team: Lucius Hoskins, Producer/Writer, Ken Hoskins, Writer, Alfred Singleton III, Writer, and his Creative Director and Producer, Keith Williams. Dr. Pugh’s also shared information about his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Veterans Emergency Relief (VER), which addresses the privation issues of female combat veterans, a cause connected to his purpose.

Dr. Earnest Pugh’s full album is scheduled for release at the top of June 2017. For more information, please visit

Photo Credit: Naomi Richard



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