October 4, 2017

Bit by Bit, Note by Note

So how does a young, shy son of a gospel singer ever get to where I am today? Some call it luck. I call it God’s providence as He led me from very humble beginnings where singing in front of a crowd never was even a consideration. I was petrified of singing in public. Though my father was such a natural on stage, his son was quite the opposite. I was so shy that singing just wasn’t a consideration for me at that time. So at age 7, I began studying the piano.

 My teacher, Ms Pernie Wiley, was a disciplinarian who was quite old, very sweet but very strict.I don’t think she was ever married.  She saw I had talent and she wouldn’t let me get away with anything. If I didn’t practice, she knew it. I not only had to play the right notes, I had to hold my hand properly on the keys. I had one lesson a week and all we studied was classical music. She probably didn’t even know who Elvis was!  We would work on scales and arpeggios first and then the last 15 min I would play the song I had practiced that week. After three months, we would have a recital with all her students each playing the song they had learned and I would get to play my song. Being shy was hard enough. Being a perfectionist made it even worse! I might have played 99% of the right notes but I would remember those little mistakes I had made and that kept me frustrated. The encouragement I received from my family and my friends actually kept me motivated to continue my study of the piano. It has been an invaluable tool that I was later able to use as pianist and baritone singer for my father’s group, The Memphians, while I was a student at Memphis State University. Playing piano and singing at the same time is like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time.  I stayed in that group while I finished school and paid for my education with the money we got from singing. Our group made two records and they both won awards. In 1965 the NEFF (National Evangelical Film Foundation) awarded us as best quartet of that year. We had a weekly television show in Memphis and toured all over the US in the summers and locally on the weekends when school wasn’t in session.  Later on, when I joined the Imperials, those 12 years of piano instruction served me well as I ultimately became vocal arranger for the group. That’s another story for another day.

So don’t despise the day of small beginnings because you never know where it will lead.

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July 15, 2014

Memphis Elvis Week!

The band and I will be in Memphis for this year’s Elvis week! Details to come! Each August, Elvis fans from around the world gather in Memphis for a celebration of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. Elvis Week always includes traditional events such as the Elvis Fan Club Presidents Event, Elvis Insiders Event and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, plus special concerts, panel discussions, dances and much more. The band and I will sing on Saturday night at the Orpheum Theatre downtown on Beale St and then do a Sunday morning concert right across the street from Graceland. We hope you can come for that. For more information on who you’ll see in Memphis visit Graceland’s site information

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February 8, 2014

The Vienna Boys Choir

The Vienna Boys Choir with James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, the Imperials and our great host, Dennis Jale, who brought us all together for this occasion. They sang two songs, we sang Sweet Spirit for them, and is was a special moment for all of us. Thanks to Dennis Jale for being such a gracious host.

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June 12, 2013

News Story on WCBI

Thank you to our friends in Ackerman and WCBI.com for the kind article on my recent visit there. It was humbling to have June 2nd named “Terry Blackwood Day” by the Mayor, thank you! Here’s the video that ran with the story. To read the full story go here

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May 30, 2013

Homecoming in Ackerman, MS

Next Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, will be a special weekend for me and my family. I will be participating in three Homecoming concerts at the place of my birth, Ackerman, MS. I haven’t been there in many years and I’m sure it’s changed a lot.  On Saturday at noon, I will sing downtown Ackerman for a 30 minute segment of my music to the good folks of Ackerman.
Sunday morning I will be doing the entire service at the Enon Presbyterian church. I will have some surprises that morning for the people. I have never sung there and it should be a special service. Then, Sunday night I will be doing a concert at Ackerman Baptist Church. My friend, Buddy Smith, VP of American Family Association will have his quartet there and also there will be three choirs from different churches present for some gospel music from the choirs backing me, from Buddy’s quartet, and some numbers from me as well. It promises to be a memorable weekend in Ackerman, MS. I hope if you live in that area, which is central MS, you will come out to see us. We are very close to Starkville, home of Ms State U.  See you then!

The new single, “If My People”, by Terry Blackwood and the Imperials has over 13,000 hits on youtube after only 4 months! Please listen if you dare. It will encourage you in your walk of faith and in this present age of secularism that is sweeping America. God is your hope, your refuge, and a very present help in time of trouble. Look to Him as your source of strength, ask for wisdom as to how to negotiate this difficult economy, and pray like you never have before. He is our deliverer and He will not fail us. Blessings to you.



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June 12, 2012

Following You Album

TB_125x125_FollowingYou_DoubleAlbumI just released another cd from Andrus, Blackwood & Co entitled Following You. It was originally a double album and was nominated for a grammy award that year. Check it out on my product page. I have had many ask when it would be available. Now you know. If I can ever figure out how to sample three of the songs, I will upload that for you so you can hear how those songs go. There are 18 songs on this cd and the price remains at $20. If you are international, please add $5 to the order. Thanks so much.

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