James Blackwood is a legend in the world of all music genres, and most certainly in the worlf of gospel music. He is the most nominated artist of all genres of music in the Grammy Awards and has won 9 of them. He also commands a covey of Dove Awards unequalled in that industry. James started in the 1930's with his brothers, thus the name 'The Blackwood Brothers' was created. The first group to be signed to a major label, RCA Victor, in the 1950's after winning the Author Godfrey Talent Scouts TV show, they immediately became household names and were touring some 200 + dates a year from city to city and filling concert halls nationwide. When his brother R.W. and bass singer Bill Lyles were killed in a plane crash, James vowed he would never sing again. Fortunately, God had other plans for this 'minister of music' to the world. He returned to the stage with new members and immediately won again the Talent Scout show and things were on their way for him and his quartet. During the 1970's, James was aware that he might not always be in the greatest voice for his quartet and when time was left in the studio after the quartet had finished their latest project, he would send the group to the bus and keep the paino player in the studio. James's plan was to record his voice with the paino only and later, if his voice was not good, or even if he might be gone, the group could come back into the studio and record their parts around this and have new music for their fans. When these songs were found in the Skylite warehouse vaults, it was sure, there was fans who would love to hear these never before released works. Sons Jimmy & Billy were brought in to record with selected songs. When Jimmy finished the session in the studio, he broke down in tears and said...'I never thought I'd get to sing with Daddy again!'. When this CD was presented to Bill Gaither, Bill responded, 'James was always a thinker and so creative, he knew someday these songs would be valuable'. Now they are available for the first time! See if you don't agree, these are songs as only James could sing and he's singing them for you.
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