Thought by many to be "gospel's leading man", soulful contemporary gospel belter Earnest Pugh returned with a collection of Christmas and holiday songs delivered in spirited gospel style for his fourth studio album, Christmas with Earnest Pugh. This album follows Pugh's motivational 2011 album Earnestly Yours, shifting the focus to a yuletide look at spirituality. The holiday selections include impassioned takes on both traditional carols and modernized R&B gospel originals in a Christmas vein. Pugh is joined by a cast of gospel stars on the album, with featured cameos by singers like Lisa Knowles, Quadrius Salters, Nikki Ross, and Martha Buries. Pugh conducts the holiday party with a series of devotional and sometimes humorous interludes.
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AllMusic Review by Fred Thomas