A Little About The Quartet...
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!
Billy, James Blackwood's younger son, sings baritone and is a song writer. Billy played drums for J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet at the age of 14. He also played for the Blackwood Brothers, Gordon Jensen and Sunrise, and Andrus/Blackwood & Company and toured with Voice, the opening act for the Elvis Presley show. He has traveled in solo ministry and has worked in youth and pastoral ministry. Billy has four daughters, Brette, Britni, Emma and Ellie and one son, Will. He and his wife, Cherry live in Hendersonville, TN.
Jim Rogers is the newest member of the Blackwood Brothers. Jim and his wife of 44 years, Belinda (Bunny), reside in Nancy, Kentucky. Jim has sung all of his adult life as a 'weekend warrior’, with groups like Midnight Cry and others, but never on a professional level until now. Jim’s amazing range and crystal clear high tenor voice will undoubtedly leave people asking, “Where did you find this guy?” All we can say is, God knows what we need and meets those needs abundantly. Jim follows in the footsteps of Wayne Little who sang with us for twenty years and passed away on New Years Day 2022 from complications of covid, leaving a huge void and big shoes to fill. Ironically, Jim has the same vocal sound and quality that people loved about Wayne’s voice. You will thrill to hear Jim sing, and we are thrilled to have Jim as the newest addition to the long legacy of great singers in the Blackwood Brothers. Welcome Jim Rogers!
Jonathan Mattingly is the youngest member of the quartet and sings lead. He grew up with the Mattingly Family from Moody, Missouri and has a wonderful lead voice. He and his wife, Sarah and son, Asher make their home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. You will enjoy his singing and his youthful enthusiasm for ministry.
Eric has been singing bass in regional groups for over 50 years. Eric is an alumnus of Ben Speer's Stamps-Baxter School of Music attending for 10 years. Eric has had many notable appearances with artist’s and groups over the years. He accompanied the Speer Family at the Dottie Rambo Tribute at the Ryman Auditorium, sang for the Thrasher Brothers, and also with the Homeland Quartet (Joe Thrasher, Bill Traylor & Ben Speer) at the annual Albert E. Brumley Sing. Eric lives in Arnold, Missouri. He has one daughter, two sons and four grandchildren.