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Andrus, Blackwood and Company

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Origin  United States
Occupation(s)  Singers
Years active  1977–1984
Active until  1986
Genres  Contemporary Christian
Instruments  Voice
Labels  Greentree
Active from  1977
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Genre  Contemporary Christian music
Albums  Soldiers of the Light, Step Out Of The Night, Following You, Soldier Of The Light, LIVE, Grand Opening
Members  Terry Blackwood, Sherman Andrus
Similar  Steve Archer, The Imperials, Dallas Holm, Armond Morales, Farrell & Farrell

Andrus, Blackwood & Company was a racially integrated Contemporary Christian Music group, releasing six albums between 1977 and 1984. The group was composed of two former members of The Imperials, Sherman Andrus and Terry Blackwood as co-lead vocalists. Rounding out the group's first touring band in 1977 were Rocky Laughlin on bass, Tim Marsh on drums, Bob Villareal on guitar and backing vocals, and Karen Voegtlin on keyboards and backing vocals. Other alternating band members between 1978 and 1986 included Billy Blackwood (cousin of Terry Blackwood) on drums, John Mays on bass, Mark Hughes on bass (later with Dobie Gray and owner the world's largest used music store, Mr Mark's Music in Nashville (1980–90, 2000-2016-current), Jeff Chambers on guitars, Randy Dennis on keyboards, David Ennis (later with country group Restless Heart) on keyboards, Gerritt Wilson on Synths, David Hassell on keyboards and vocals, Mark Burchfield on bass. David Hassell also worked as office manager and tour manager for the group. The group's final performance came in June 1986 at Six Flags theme park in Chicago, IL.

At the time the two had left the Imperials, it was one of the most commercially successful acts in CCM. While not songwriters themselves, Andrus and Blackwood were good judges of what CCM radio wanted, developing relationships with Bruce Hibbard, Hadley Hockensmith, Phil Johnson and Tim Sheppard among others. It paid off with a top 10 title track to their 1979 sophomore double-album Following You. During the group's tenure, they placed eight hits on the Christian radio charts including 3 No. 1 hits, "Jesus, You're So Wonderful" (20 weeks,1980-1981).,"Soldier of the Light" (23 weeks,1981). and "Step Out of the Night" (4 weeks,1983). The group appeared as headliners for every major Christian music festival during the late 1970s to mid-1980s, including Disney's Night of Joy, They also appeared on PBS's Austin City Limits musical TV program in 1983.

Andrus and Blackwood now occasionally perform in group now called "Elvis' Imperials" with another former Imperials member, Joe Moscheo.

Songs

Jesus - You're So WonderfulLIVE · 1980
Following YouLIVE · 1980
The Captain & MeSoldiers of the Light · 1981

References

Andrus, Blackwood and Company Wikipedia


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