James Blackwood forged ahead, forming a new group of singers who would become a huge part of gospel music history. Though faces have changed over the years, the quartet continues on and is celebrating its 80-year legacy with the release of Forever/80th Anniversary Recording via Daywind Records, released in November 2014.
Enjoy this behind-the-scenes preview, narrated by Billy Blackwood:
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet is currently comprised of group manager and baritone singer Billy Blackwood, lead singer Michael Helwig, tenor singer Wayne Little and bass singer Butch Owens. They worked with two different producers on Forever, Ricky Free and Trey Ivey.
“I was honored to have been a part of producing this new record for a quartet that has such a long history in Gospel Music,” points out Free. “I hope this new record only expands their already huge fan base.”
"Working with two producers was an interesting approach but was also a great experience," says Billy Blackwood. "Trey Ivey and Ricky Free are very talented young men who have helped to take us to another level musically. The music is a bit edgier and more radio friendly than past projects, but there is, however, some very traditional Blackwood Brothers-sounding songs as well."
The album contains seven new songs and three older favorites. The legendary Oak Ridge Boys can be heard as guest vocalists on "Long Gone," which was written by Billy Blackwood, Kenna West and Jason Cox.
"I have never been so excited about the potential of one of our records," Billy remarks. "The bottom line is that we have a message and a mandate to share the story of God's love and His plan for people. We believe these songs are a vehicle to get that message to a greater audience than ever before."
You Can Find What I Found
I'll Fly Away Home
Walkin' and Talkin'
Heaven Will Be Mine Someday
When I Cross to the Other Side of Jordan
I Know in Whom I Have Believed
Oh, No You Don't
Dear Jesus, Abide With Me