EPM is an artist-centric entertainment company that embraces new technologies and business models while serving up the best content to the Gospel community. Our goal is to be the vehicle for artists to reach fans, churches and the community at large with their message.
EPM General Manager, Scott Cameron, says, EPM is poised to make an impact not only in music but other areas of entertainment. We have cultivated a veteran staff along with a forthcoming roster of artists that is as unique and diverse as any label in the Gospel arena.”
Although, he’s now one of gospel music’s Top Ten artists, Earnest Pugh, was largely unknown when he stepped out in faith and opened his own EPM Music label in April 2005. He knew that he had a vocal talent but he was either rejected by major record labels or insulted by the deals they offered. His late mother, Ms. Lillie Pearl Whitmore, had often suggested that Pugh open his own label and he finally heeded her advice to launch EPM Music
He partnered with songwriter Keith Williams and they consolidated their resources (savings, investments and a few credit cards) to fund Pugh’s first live CD recording,
“A Worshipper’s Perspective,” in 2006. It was released nationally via a joint venture deal with Crystal Rose Records where it earned two gospel radio hits with the songs “Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up” and “Just For Who You Are.”
After EPM’s distribution deal with Crystal Rose ended, the firm partnered with Blacksmoke Music Worldwide to release the CD, “Live: Rain On Us.” Produced by Michael Bereal, the CD featured gospel greats Richard Smallwood and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. The CD debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and the title song pushed Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” out of the top slot on the Hot Gospel Songs chart and held the position for six weeks. The CD ranked #6 on Billboard’s 2010 Year-End Chart and led to high-profile performances for Pugh on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” and TBN’s “Praise The Lord” programs.
In 2011, EPM enjoyed new heights of success as EPM’s third CD release, “Earnestly Yours,” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and produced the chart topping radio smash, “I Need Your Glory.” The label’s biggest CD yet, it led to Pugh’s first ever Stellar Award nominations and a jam-packed concert calendar.