Andrus, Blackwood and Company
|Andrus, Blackwood & Company|
|Associated acts||The Imperials|
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, 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 groups 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.
|Year||Album||Record label||Record producer|
|1977||Grand Opening||Greentree||Phil Johnson|
|1978||Following You||Greentree||Phil Johnson|
|1981||Soldiers of the Light||Greentree||Phil Johnson|
|1982||Step Out of the Night||Greentree||Phil Johnson|
|1984||Best of Andrus, Blackwood & Co.||Greentree||Phil Johnson|
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- Discography on Christian Music Archive