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 Blackwood


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.

Wayne Little


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.

Jonathan Mattingly


Jonathan Mattingly is the newest 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 Walker


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. He is currently a full-time member of Final Authority and recently filled in with Blackwood Brothers Quartet at Praisefest in Branson MO. The Blackwood Brothers are honored that Eric has accepted to join us for all our dates in 2021. Eric lives in Arnold, Missouri. He has one daughter, two sons and four grandchildren.