“The best-known name in Gospel Music!”
Roy’s son, R.W., who was killed in a tragic airplane accident in1954. Roy and Doyle retired from the
road in the late ‘40s. James continued to lead the group into the early 1980s, and over the years it has
become the best-known name in gospel quartet history.
James, Jr. (Jimmy) brought the name out of retirement and now James’ youngest son, Billy, continues
the 79 year family tradition of great gospel singing. The group today consists of Billy Blackwood,
Wayne Little, Butch Owens, and Mike Helwig. The result is one of the best quartets you have ever
also produced the latest CD for the quartet. 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
Boys Quartet and later sang with former Blackwood Brothers bass singer, Ken Turner in the New
Millennium Quartet. He was a featured singer at the Pentagon for a 9/11 Memorial service with Rev.
Franklin Graham. His powerful, clear tenor voice thrills audiences from coast to coast. Wayne and his
wife, Gina, live in Elizabethton, Tennessee, and have two sons, Micah and Maison.
native, he sang for Canadian groups The Torchmen and Unashamed. He won a Dove Award for
Favorite Tenor from the Canadian division of the Gospel Music Association in 1997. Since moving to
the United States he has sung with the Wilburns, the Stamps Quartet, the Dixie Echoes and Promise
before joining the Blackwood Brothers. Michael and his wife, Leslie, have identical twin daughters,
Eva and Laura and one son, Sam.
with the Stamps Quartet for a number of years and most recently with Bob Jones and the Songfellows
Quartet before joining the Blackwood Brothers. Butch is the kind of person who never meets a stranger
and has many friends across the nation and around the world. He recently retired from the Jackson,
Mississippi police department where he worked for twenty-five years. Butch and his wife, Margaret,
live in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
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