James Webre Blackwood (August 4, 1919 - February 3, 2002)


James Blackwood was born in Mississippi in 1919. In 1934, at the age of 15, he joined with two older brothers and a nephew to form the Blackwood Brothers quartet, one of Southern Gospel Music's most influential groups. He sang in the quartet from itís beginning in 1934 until he joined the Masters V in 1981.

He was a co-founder of the Gospel Music Association and the National Quartet Convention. He also served for many years as President of the Gospel Music Association. He won 9 Grammy Awards and 7 Dove Awards as Best Male Vocalist in addition to several Singing News Fan Awards.

He was an original member of the Masters V Quartet and was the leader of the James Blackwood Quartet. He and his wife Miriam had two sons, Jimmy Blackwood and Billy Blackwood.

James Blackwood passed away in 2002.


Dove Awards - Male Vocalist Of The Year (1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977)

GMA Hall Of Fame (1974)

SGMA Hall Of Fame (1997)

Singing News Fan Awards:
Favorite Male Singer (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
Marvin Norcross Award (1994)

Solo Discography


1969 James Blackwood Sings His Favorite Gospel Songs (RCA Victor/LSP-4165): Now I Have Everything; I Met The King; As Flows The River; It's Been A Good Trip; Empty Hands; I'd Be There; You'll Never Walk Alone; Follow, I Will Follow Thee; Unworthy; He Looked Beyond My Faults; On My Journey Home; The Things That Matter. ( Re-issued in 1973 as You'll Never Walk Alone on RCA Camden ACL1-0191, minus 3 songs named I'd Be There, Unworthy, and The Things That Matter. Note: There was 1 song added to this album that was not on LSP-4165 called The Voice Of The Lord with the Blackwood Brothers).

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1983 Traditionally (Voice Box Records/VB-4006): The Sound Of Music; He Touched Me; Easter Song; Take Away The Stone; God Is Alive; Let Jesus Happen To You; How Great Thou Art; Yeshua La Mesiah; Vessel Of Honor.

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1985 The Masters V Present 50 Golden Years With The Fabulous James Blackwood (Skylite Records/SLP-6337): Don't Be Knocking; Six Feet Of Earth; I Can Hear The Harbor Bells; Heaven's Harmony; Roy's Prayer; I've Never Been Sorry; When We Sing Around The Throne Eternal; His Hand In Mine; Majesty; Sheltered In The Arms Of God; One Day; Oh What A Moment; Heaven's Sounding Sweeter All The Time.

1987 The Masters V Present James Blackwood In Aloha Time With Bud Tutmarc (Skylite Records/SSC-6379): Aloha Time; Morning Communion; Over The Sunset Mountains; Eternal Paradise; Hawaiian Wedding Song; Paradise Island; Cast Your Bread On The Water; Over The Moon; I Owe It All To Jesus; Heís Coming Soon

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1991 James Blackwood and Gabriel (Skylite Records/SSC-6416): Patriotic Medley; I'm Winging My Way Back Home; When He Was On The Cross; Because He First Loved Me; We Shall Behold Him; God Bless The USA; I've Got That Old Time Religion; He's The Giver Of My Life; Electricity; No More Night.

2000 The Great Gospel Hit Parade: From Memphis To Nashville To Texas (with the Jordanaires) (Art Greenhaw Records AG2001).

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