Shelley Blackwood to leave Blackwood Singers
Shortly before Christmas, Ron Blackwood announced that he would be launching the Blackwood Quartet, a full-time touring group featuring tenor John Rulapaugh, lead Josh Garner, baritone Tracy Trent, bass Trent Adams, and pianist Joe Cox. Ron Blackwood will be the emcee and a featured soloist on select songs.
Ron and his wife Shelley Blackwood had been part of the Blackwood Singers in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and that announcement left the Blackwood Singers’ future up in the air. Ron and Shelley sent out a press release announcing that she is pursuing a Bachelors’ degree in Nursing, and has been accepted into Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nurses.
Ron and Shelley will be leaving the Blackwood singers, but Ron’s brother R.W. Blackwood and his wife Donna plan to keep that group going.
So for the time being, it looks like there will be four Blackwood groups: Jimmy Blackwood’s Blackwood Brothers Quartet (Jimmy is the son of James Blackwood), Mark Blackwood’s Blackwood Gospel Quartet (Mark is the son of Cecil), Ron Blackwood’s Blackwood Quartet (Ron is the son of R.W. Blackwood Sr.), and R.W. Blackwood’s Blackwood Singers (R.W. is the son of R.W. Sr.)