Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Debuting this week, "Rain On Us" is passion rolled up in prayer and music. Earnest Pugh brings it in a big way and this is one song that you will feel to your very core.
"EPM Music Group/ Black Smoke Music artist Earnest Pugh bring us his next release, the 17 track, Earnest Pugh Live: Rain on Usthat shows growth, maturity and consistency in his ministry.
This live session brings an anointed experience of prayer, praise, worship, and prophetic impartation that brings the church right into your home. The album begins with an introduction fromBishop Lester Love, who prepares the precipitation of blessings that soon come after the first song "Oh Lord We Worship You". Pugh then masterfully continues the praise party with "The Great I Am". Give it at least 35 seconds and you will see why this will be the next song your church choir learns at practice.
Listening to the already popular title track "Rain on Us" will remind you of The Maestro, Minister Thomas Whitfield. The first phrase captivates the listeners in a way reminiscent of the romanticized "All I Need" by Whitfield. Pugh sings this prayer with such passion that makes you want to look to the hills and ask "Lord when is it going to rain?"
Other standout tracks include the rest of the album. That's right, this is one that you can press play and not worry about running into a song that you don't like. Each will move, inspire and minister.
As an added bonus, gospel veteran Vanessa Bell Armstrong is given the vamp and reprise of the traditionally flavored "My Rock". Armstrong handles this so well that Pugh tells her to "don't real high because I might run around the building."
If that doesn't make you run out and get this album, Pugh does a cover of Richard Smallwood's "Healing" who he lets close the song in a way that only Smallwood can do: with studied precision.
Rain on Us is a classic sure to top the charts. This is not just a good album but a Gospel great that brings innovation to contemporary gospel music." -gospelFlava
Personnel: Tia Smith, Jordyn White, David Cherry, David Cherry, Tia Smith, Greg Roberts (vocals); Erick Walls (guitar); Robert Ellis (strings); Soundcheck (horns); Michael Bereal (piano, keyboards, background vocals); Quadrius Salters (organ); Ethan Farmer (bass guitar); James "Jamie" Gamble (drums); Restoration (dancer); Charles Butler & Trinity, Shanika Leeks (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Randy Poole.
Recording information: Studio House North, Churchton, MD; Temple Of Praise, Washington DC.
Photographers: Cardell Love; Kevin Dickerson.
Originally known for his work with Byron Cage and O'landa Draper, Earnest Pugh soon gained a reputation as an exciting solo vocalist and inspiring minister. LIVE: RAIN ON US, finds the singer delivering an expressive set of contemporary R&B-tinged gospel that makes good use of his smooth, soulful style and impressive vocal range. From the uplifting, slow-jam title track to the funky, Stevie Wonder-influenced "Bless His Name," and the hard-hitting lead guitar and horn-laden "My Rock," LIVE: RAIN ON US finds Pugh passionately summoning the Spirit with a dynamic contemporary sound.