Award-winning singer, psalmist, author, teacher, and worship leader, Earnest Pugh teams up with Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, Senior Pastor at Atlanta’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, for this powerful song titled “Keep Hope Alive”. Available now for streaming and downloading.
The song, “Keep Hope Alive,” was produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Cedric Thompson and Keith Williams, CEO of PrazKeez Media and former pianist for Rev. Donald Vails. The song is the first release under the EPM Music Group’s new partnership with Shanachie Entertainment, an independent recording company known for its eclectic roster of Roots, Adult R&B, Gospel, and Smooth Jazz artists.
“But didn’t you know why so many doors were being opened for you,” Dr. Bryant sermonizes in the opening of this inspiring and hopeful ballad that shows off Pugh’s stunning high notes and soulful style of crooning. “God is not answering your prayer. He’s answering the prayer of somebody who had the audacity of hope.”
“Keep Hope Alive” was originally written and recorded by the late choirmaster, Rev. Donald Vails, for the 1992 Gospel Music Workshop of America LP entitled, Live from Salt Lake City, Utah. It borrowed from the Civil Rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome,” and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s “Keep Hope Alive” slogan that was popular during his 1984 U.S. Presidential campaign.