Billy Blackwood joins Blackwood Brothers
After more than five years without a personnel change, Blackwood Brothers’ pianist / baritone Brad White has decided to leave the group. He will be devoting more time to his solo ministry. The group’s press release states: “We would like to thank Brad White for his years of service with the group and pray God’s blessing on his solo ministry.”
At least for the immediate future, it appears as though the Blackwood Brothers will be without a live pianist.
Stepping into the baritone role is Jimmy Blackwood’s younger brother, Billy Blackwood. Billy played drums for the group in the 1970s and has pursued a solo ministry since.
Except for a brief period when Jimmy and Mark Blackwood sang together five or six years ago, this is the first time two Blackwoods have been singing in the group in over two decades, since Jimmy and Cecil were both in the group. But that’s not what makes this move historic: It’s the first time in fifty-nine years that two blood brothers have sung one of the four parts in the quartet.
After nearly six decades, the Blackwood Brothers are literally brothers once again.