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Shabbona church hosts Blackwood Quartet

Published: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Shabbona United Church of Christ invites the community to an evening of Southern gospel Christmas music featuring the Blackwood Quartet at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The concert will feature songs from the Nashville group’s latest album as well as traditional Christmas carols. The congregation will be invited to sing along.

The Blackwoods were formed in 1934. In 1954, they appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts on CBS. They won first place and received a recording contract with RCA.

They became the first gospel group to sell a million records. The Blackwood Brothers also were the first group to travel by bus. A replica of the Blackwood Brothers original bus is on display at the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The Blackwood Brothers have recorded more than 200 albums and toured in 47 countries. They have won eight Grammy Awards and 27 Dove Awards. They were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association in Nashville a few years ago.

Mark Blackwood now continues the legacy of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet through the new Blackwood Quartet. Mark traveled with his dad, Cecil Blackwood, in the Blackwood Brothers Quartet for many years.

The Blackwood Quartet does not take their heritage in gospel music lightly, nor the responsibility of integrity that goes with it. It is the sincere desire of the Blackwood Quartet that the people who hear them will be moved to a deeper spiritual commitment and give all the glory to the Lord Jesus.

For more information about the Blackwoods and their other concerts, visit www.blackwoodquartetonline.com.

Admission to the Shabbona concert is free, but a free-will offering will be taken. Shabbona United Church of Christ is located at 104 E. Navaho St. For more information, call the church office at 815-824-2359 or visit www.shabbonachurch.com.

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