Gospel followers will know of Emmy Award-winning, singer/songwriter and gospel hit-maker EARNEST PUGH. If you’re not yet aware of his powerhouse, testifying delivery you can remedy that via an upcoming Shanachie “best of” album.

However for a quick  fix, go straight to Mr P’s latest single, a searing, ‘Keep Hopes Alive’ . Earnest has released it to honour Black History Month and the song begins with a short homily  before a verse of ‘We Shall Overcome’ introduces his theme. That theme  develops into a heart-and-spirit stirring anthem connecting the struggles of African-Americans today with the triumphs of the Civil Rights movement. It’s a fine, convincing piece of work that puts Earnest firmly in the tradition of Rance Allen and Andre Crouch. Out now!