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Prayer Request for Wayne Little and Family (Blackwood Brothers Quartet)

Written by scoopsnews on April 30, 2019 – 1:59 pm -

From The Blackwood Brothers Quartet: Special Prayer Request today for Wayne Little and his family. Wayne’s mom passed away in the early morning hours.

Please lift Wayne and his family in your prayers.

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934 with brothers Roy, Doyle, James and Roy’s son, R.W. In the late 50s Roy and Doyle retired from traveling and in 1954 R.W. was killed in a tragic airplane crash. However the quartet with James, as the quartet’s leader and spokesman, established a new group of singers who would go on to take Gospel music to new heights as they traveled and sang in all fifty of the United States, every Canadian province as well as cities in Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, South Africa, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

In 2002, James Blackwood went to be with the Lord, but his sons, Jimmy (James Jr.) and Billy have continued the 80-year tradition. Recently Jimmy retired after singing for 49 years and his younger brother, Billy now carries on the quartet which has the distinction of being the best-known name in Gospel Music history!

About Wayne:
Wayne Little has sung for many years in numerous quartets including the Crystal River Boys, and most recently, New Millennium. His crystal clear tenor voice is amazing people across the country. He has sung at hundreds of events including a concert at the Pentagon with Franklin Graham.Wayne is known for his singing of the great Gospel classic, O What a Savior. He and his wife Gina have two sons, Micah and Maison.

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Quartet Night Across America On The Road

Written by Staff on March 14, 2016 – 2:53 pm -

Quartet Night Across America

Quartet Night Across America

Hendersonville, TN (March 10th, 2016) –Fans across the country will soon be able to experience what attendees of the Daywind Quartet Festival at the Greenbrier and Legacy Five’s NYE Celebration at Opryland have witnessed firsthand. In partnership with Daywind and the Harper Agency, Quartet Night Across America is hitting the road, and will be coming to a city near you!

The unique production, featuring Legacy Five, Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Tribute Quartet and Brian Free & Assurance, takes the audience through the decades of Southern Gospel Music from 1910 to present. Fans have the opportunity to relive the music and hear the stories of groups like the legendary Statesmen Quartet, the Blackwood Brothers, Gold City, the Cathedrals and many more.

February 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

February 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

“I am personally thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of such a creative presentation of the history of our genre of music,” offers Scott Fowler of Legacy Five. “Working with these other renowned quartets has been an honor and we’re proud of the quality of event we’re able to deliver to fans. We’ve had a long relationship with both Daywind Records & Harper Agency, and I’m glad we’re able to all come together in this touring package!’

To bring Quartet Night Across America to your town, contact The Harper Agency at or by calling 615.851.4500.

DMG Concerts is a division of Daywind Music Group that promotes Southern Gospel music through elite concert events. For more information on upcoming events, visit or contact Dani Phillips at
To read the SGNScoops February 2016 issue featuring Legacy Five, click here.

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Candi’s Catch-ups: Greenbrier Quartet Festival

Written by Staff on June 2, 2015 – 10:49 am -



By Candi Combs

Daywind Music Group Hosts Greenbrier Quartet Festival 2015

Amongst the snow-topped mountains of White Sulphar Springs,West Virginia, Daywind Music Group held the first Greenbrier Quartet Festival at the extraordinary Greenbrier Resort. The event drew attendees from New Jersey to Florida and even a few Canadians. This endeavor marked an inaugural attempt by Scott Godsey and Daywind to host a multi-day event at a luxury resort. This geographic location is very different from the typical Southern Gospel venues that fans are accustomed to attending.

Artists panel

Artists panel

The Greenbrier welcomed each person with a smile and a large sweet tea! From that point forward, everything was presented on a whole new level. Even the seats in the concert hall were velvet covered while multiple stations in the room held pitchers of ice-chilled water.

Tribute Quartet, led by Gary Casto, started off the first night with their usual flair and energetic music. The lively group performed many charting songs and favorites, including, “Homesick Angel” and “Good News From Jerusalem,” featuring Josh Singletary. Read more »

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Blackwood Brothers Quartet Features Special Guests, Oak Ridge Boys, on New Single

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 2, 2015 – 8:41 am -

Blackwood Brothers Quartet Features Special Guests, Oak Ridge Boys, on New Single

Blackwood Brothers Quartet Features Special Guests, Oak Ridge Boys, on New Single

Hendersonville, TN – It’s always a treat when a legendary quartet such as the Blackwood Brothers or the Oak Ridge Boys release brand new music, but when two such quartets collaborate on a new song, it’s even more special!

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet carry the distinction of being the best-known name in Gospel music history, and now 81 years after their original formation, still provide Southern Gospel music fans with solid, four-part harmonies and quality singing.  Their latest project through Daywind Records, Forever: 80th Anniversary Recording, celebrates 80 years of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and the impact they have made on the genre.

On their new radio single, “Long Gone,” the Blackwood Brothers were joined by another legendary quartet, 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, the Oak Ridge Boys. With 50 years of tradition, the Oak Ridge Boys have been decorated in both the Gospel and Country music industries as one of the most innovative and recognizable sounds in music.

“Growing up in Texas, the Blackwood Brothers and the Statesmen Quartet were at the top of the Gospel Music industry. I loved going to see them in Ft. Worth, TX at the ‘Battle Of The Songs,’” shares Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys. “Having the opportunity to record with the Blackwood Brothers was a huge honor. When I heard the song, ‘Long Gone,’ I immediately knew that Billy Blackwood had a new vision for the Blackwood Brothers. The phrasing, the pushes, the style of singing, and the song in particular were all obvious signs that there is a new Blackwood Brothers for the future.”

Allen continues, “Since we recorded ‘Long Gone,’ I listened to the entire album and I will say that Billy Blackwood has managed to respect the legacy of the Blackwood Brothers name and career, but he has also placed his identity on the future of the Blackwood Brothers.”

“Long Gone” is the second single from the Blackwood Brother’s anniversary recording, Forever: 80th Anniversary Recording,  and was co-written by Billy Blackwood, Kenna West & Jason Cox. The single released to Southern Gospel radio in March is already receiving a positive response from DJs across the country.

Forever is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets.  Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1-800-635-9581.

For more information on Blackwood Brothers, visit

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SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday: What Can An SG Newbie Expect At A Concert?

Written by Staff on May 20, 2015 – 8:10 am -

wackywednesdayWelcome to another edition of Wacky Wednesday. SGN Scoops has polled about 18 artists about various things and received their answers. We have used this (not so much) scientific process to tabulate the Wacky Wednesday Top Ten (more or less)!


Today our subject is: What can someone new to Southern Gospel expect at a concert?

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

Our panel of expert artists gave us the following answers. These are not in any particular order. Do you agree/disagree?


Our first set of artists all gave very positive responses….

Billy Blackwood…It’s supposed to be fun!

Michaela Brown…You’ll leave feeling good!

Karen Peck…It’s very uplifting

Gary Casto

Gary Casto

Gary Casto…Best music in the world

David Sutton…You will be blessed

Greg Bentley…It’s life changing!

Booth Brothers1*…Be ready to clap your hands and have a good time!

Booth Brothers 3*…You’ll have a hand-clapping, foot-stomping time!


And then there were very specific comments…

Joseph Habedank…Christian artists are much more accessible than secular artists.

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

Lauren Talley Alvey…Our genre offers something for everyone, regardless of age or background. Most artists I know really care about people and ministry, and we aim to deliver a message each time we step on stage.

Phil Collingsworth Sr. …Our songwriters are highly esteemed


Don’t worry about the concerts being Age Appropriate…

Shannon Smith…The genre is VERY diverse and you’ll like it a lot more than you think you will (especially if you’re young and have been biased against the genre). Give it a chance – there’s a lot to love!

The Browns

The Browns

Chris Jenkins…Yes, individuals under 40 love Southern Gospel too!

Donna King…It’s NOT old people music. It’s for EVERYBODY!


Have you heard these comments before?

Booth Brothers2*…Someone will think it’s too loud

Clayton Inman…Could get a little loud


Rick Webb Family

Rick Webb Family

I hope you go to concerts to hear the singing because…

Scott Inman…There will a lot of singing

Hannah Webb…Be prepared for at least five encores by the end of the concert 🙂



Thanks for joining us for Wacky Wednesday. Do you have a suggestion for a question we can ask our artist panel? Write to us at


Stay tuned for more of these indepth polls right here on SGN Scoops!


**Note: The Booth Brothers each answered each question but wouldn’t say whose answer it was…therefore we are leaving it up to you, dear reader, to guess whether the pithy answer comes from Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth or Paul Lancaster!

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Blackwood Brothers Quartet Releases “Forever / 80th Anniversary Recording”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 12, 2014 – 4:00 pm -

Blackwood Brothers

Blackwood Brothers

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (November 12, 2014) – As the group celebrates its 80-year anniversary in 2014, the Blackwood Brothers Quartet is releasing its
Forever / 80th Anniversary Recording project on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet is comprised of group manager and baritone singer Billy Blackwood, lead singer Michael Helwig, tenor singer Wayne Little and bass singer Butch Owens.

The “Forever” project consists of seven new songs – penned by writers such as Lee Black, Dave Clark, Marty Funderburk, Sue Smith, Jimmy Taylor and Dianne Wilkinson – and three older songs. The legendary Oak Ridge Boys made a special guest appearance on the song “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,” emphasizes Billy Blackwood. “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.”

The Blackwood Brothers worked with two different producers on the project, Ricky Free and Trey Ivey.

“Working with two producers was an interesting approach but was also a great experience,” says 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.”

Free and Ivey produced five songs each on the project.

“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.”

Ivey adds, “It was an honor getting to work with the Blackwood Brothers. Billy, Butch, Mike and Wayne are great talents and great men. They do what they do with excellence, and this project is no exception.”

The group has been a part of the Daywind Family since 2009.

“The legacy of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet has long been established in our industry, but the group continues to enhance its expected level of excellence,” explains Daywind president Ed Leonard. “There’s something for every listener contained in this collection as fans get to relive timeless songs performed as only the Blackwood Brothers could while also hearing the current group expand its musical horizons on the ‘Forever’ project.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including the Tribute Quartet, Legacy Five, the Bowling Family, Joseph Habedank, the Nelons, Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck and New River, and Wilburn & Wilburn. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit  or contact Amanda Martin at

For more information on the group, visit the Blackwood Brothers Quartet’s web site at

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The Blackwood Brothers Quartet: A Night Like Never Before

Written by Staff on February 18, 2014 – 4:47 pm -

DSC_0610_AThe Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Concert Review by Vivian Belknap

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Grand Prairie, Texas



How many quartets can say they are celebrating 80 years of classic southern gospel music?  In 2014, Billy Blackwood continues the legacy started in 1934 by his Dad, James Blackwood.

DSC_0606_AI had the great privilege to attend a concert featuring Billy Blackwood and The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, February 13, 2014, hosted by Pastor Bill Webb and the Bible Believer’s Assembly of God Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. Those in attendance were treated with what Pastor Webb told Billy earlier in the afternoon would be “a night like never before.”

The Quartet consists of lead singer, Billy Blackwood; Wayne Little, tenor; Butch Owens, bass and Michael Helwig, baritone.

The “night like never before” began with the classic feel of “The Joy of Knowing Jesus.” The presence of the Holy Spirit was sweetly strong as the concert continued with songs like “The Old Country Church,” “It Is No Secret” and “The Lighthouse.”  Billy introduced a new song he wrote, “That’s What Heaven Will Be.”

DSC_0608As though it couldn’t get any better, Billy shared his heart. He proclaimed the goodness and grace of our Father through Jesus. He said, “Gospel music is not defined by the music, but by the message. The message makes it gospel music.”  Then we heard the majestic orchestration of “Declaration of Dependence,” from their album “Sweet Songs About Heaven.” The song strongly declares our dependence on Jesus.

DSC_0614Big John Hall was in the audience and Billy asked him to come to the stage. As John walked on stage, with tears in his eyes, he said, “Your dad never missed a note; he never missed a beat; never, ever.” Such a sweet time we got to see between these two men. Then we were blessed to hear John sing, “How Big is God.”

The evening ended with the quartet singing a medley of audience requested songs. Then Billy closed in prayer; the presence of our Lord was amazing as Billy said, “I don’t want to leave Your presence.” “There’s a Sweet Spirit in This Place,” was the final song.  Was it a night like never before? YES!

Billy Blackwood not only resembles his dad physically, but like James Blackwood, he is a gentleman on the stage, behind the product table and in the parking lot.

When you have the opportunity to see them in concert, you will leave blessed and renewed in spirit.

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Gospel Music Today On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 22, 2013 – 8:10 am -

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Jimmy Blackwood Retires, Farewell Performance Slated for Brumley “Shindig”

Written by SGN Scoops on October 1, 2012 – 3:03 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Jimmy Blackwood, son of beloved James Blackwood, recently  announced his retirement from many years on the road with the famous Blackwood Brothers. Jimmy announces that he will only be doing one “Farewell” performance in  Rogers, AR on October 13 at The Shindig. Besides the Blackwood Brothers, the concert will feature the Oak Ridge Boys and Dailey and Vincent. All groups  will be singing songs from their latest released Gospel albums.
The Shindig is a fundraiser for the I’ll Fly Away Foundation and will celebrate I’ll Fly Away’s 80th birthday. All ticket sales will  benefit the foundation’s music eduction program. This program teaches young people about America’s musical heritage through school workshops. The I’ll Fly Away Foundation has partnered with the Gibson Foundation in its mission. Gibson will be providing an Epiphone guitar to each school that is involved in the  I’ll Fly Away Foundation program. The Gibson Guitar Bus will also be at The Shindig and will open for free tours before the show. The concert is slated for Saturday, October 13, 2012, 7:00 pm at the John Q Hammons Center at 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway in Rogers, Arkansas. Three phenomenal artists/groups will perform together for a one-time-only gathering. Featured will be multi-platinum and Grammy-winning recording artist, The Oak Ridge Boys, along with Dailey & Vincent and the Blackwood Brothers Quartet.

Advance tickets: Artist Circle ($50), Gold Seating ($40), and Silver Seating ($30) All tickets are non-refundable. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $5 more the day of show. For tickets to I’ll Fly Away’s 80th birthday and Jimmy Blackwood’s final and “Farewell” performance call  888-462-6718 or visit 

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Gospel Music Today On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 11, 2012 – 7:51 am -

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