City of Houston and Mayor Seyvestor Turner Celebrates Earnest Pughs 11th Billboard Hit

Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner Celebrates the Billboaed hits of Dr. Earnest Pugh.

Photo credits: Naomi Richard

Public figures, musicians and special invitees from all over gathered at City Hall in Houston to celebrate gospel recording artist, Dr. Earnest Pugh, for the tremendous success of his 11th Billboard Top 20 single, “I Need You to Breathe.” Deemed as Pughs latest single 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.

Let the night begin ….

A star studded red carpet kicked things off. The red carpet was hosted by Radio Host, Amber Shaw and gospel recording Artist, Lonnie Hunter. Photo credits: Naomi Richard  JMulan, The Musician Wives’, Terrance Hartford and a host of others came out to support and enjoy the celebration. All the excitement on the red carpet made it clear that Dr. Pugh’s music has been an inspiration to many and has impacted their lives.

It’s a celebration !

Photo credits: Naomi RichardOver 250 guest gathered in attendance to witness Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner present a proclamation to Dr. Pugh for his achievements in gospel music as well as the community. As if one proclamation wasn’t enough, Dr. Pugh was honored with another one by  Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee. The nights vibes were curated by Emcees Jonathan Martin and Kim Burrell. Photo credits: Naomi RichardFollowing the proclamation presentation special guest, gospel singer, Kathy Taylor took to the mic. Let’s just say the after a medly of hits, guests left a Taylor with a standing ovation. Terrence Hartford did a a tribute to Dr. Pugh that would led directly into Pugh speaking briefly to guests.

Celebration continues …

Pughs other guests on hand for the celebration consisted of his 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 as well as the importance of taking action in the community. As guest set in awe of the impact Dr.Pugh has made while being in Houston 4 short years preparation began for the main event.

Photo credits: Naomi Richard

Pugh premiered the highly anticipated music video for “I Need You to Breathe”. Received by a standing ovation, Pugh returned to the mic. Dr. Pugh concluded the special night by singing a song with gospel artist, Nikki Ross.

Photo credits: Naomi Richard

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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