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One of gospel music’s most popular crooners, Earnest Pugh, is serenading his fans with a classic love song for Valentine’s Day. The dynamic five-octave singer has refreshed Joe Cocker’s 1975 Top Ten Pop hit “You Are So Beautiful” (written by the legendary organist Billy Preston with Bruce Fisher) from a Christian perspective and is releasing it as a special Valentine’s Day single. The heartwarming tune is on sale on iTunes on via Pugh’s EPM Music Group/eOne Entertainment label.

Ernest Pugh is a true romantic at heart. Here is a little treat from Gospel’s leading man!

E8: Why do you love Valentine’s Day?

Ernest Pugh: Valentines Day (to me) a time set aside to honor those whom I love and respect. While I display love on a daily basis in some way or another I make it a point to send flowers or make calls on Valentines Day to those who matter most.

E8: Why  did you choose this song?

Ernest Pugh: I do a lot of weddings throughout the year. “You Are So Beautiful” is one of the most requested songs for me in these


E8 What was your Inspiration for this song?

Ernest Pugh: “You Are So Beautiful” was initially inspired by Billy Preston’s love and respect for his mother. Many of you know that I lost my mother suddenly in 2006 and I use every opportunity possible to pay tribute to her, in some way, through my

music because she is the reason why I am doing what I do.

E8: What’s special person will I spend Valentines Day with?

Ernest Pugh: Since my divorce in 2006 God has not sent that “special” lady to me yet so I just give all my love to the ladies in my life: My daughter (Kira), my 10 sisters, and 96 year old Grand Mother (Addie Pugh) in Memphis, TN  It does my heart good to spread love and happiness to these wonderful ladies.

Here is a snippet of the beautiful song:

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