Masters V

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Masters V
Origin United States
Genres Southern Gospel
Years active 1980–1988
Labels Skylite
Past members Hovie Lister
J. D. Sumner
James Blackwood
Jake Hess
Rosie Rozell

The Masters Five or Masters V was a Southern Gospel Music quartet founded in 1980 by Hovie Lister as a special consolidation of well-known performers from The Statesmen Quartet and The Blackwood Brothers.[1] The group featured J.D. Sumner as bass, Rosie Rozell as tenor, James Blackwood and Jake Hess alternating between lead and baritone, and Lister on piano.[2] Their self-titled debut album, The Masters V, won the 1981 Grammy Award for best traditional gospel performance.[3] The quartet subsequently endured several personnel changes, often due to health and age-related issues.[2] The group's final performance was in 1988.

Discography[edit]

  • The Masters V (1981) Skylite SLP 6256; reissued as How Great Thou Art (1988) Temple Records
  • O What a Savior (1982 ) Skylite SLP 6265 (Rozell, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • The Masters V Present Their Majestic Bass, J.D. Sumner (1982) Skylite
  • The Legendary Masters V (1982) Skylite SLP 6282 (Rozell, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • Featuring… (1983) Skylite (Nielsen, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • Live at the Joyful Noise (1983) Skylite (Nielsen, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • Thru the Years (1984) Skylite (Warren, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • Good Things (1984) Skylite (Warren, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • The Master’s Hymns (1985) Skylite (Warren, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • The Masters V Present Their Magnificent Bass, J.D. Sumner (1985) Skylite (Warren, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • Sing Fabulous Blackwood Brothers Hits (1985) Skylite (Warren, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • The Masters V Present 50 Years with the Fabulous James Blackwood (1985) Skylite Records
  • Classics of Yesteryear (1986) Skylite SLP 6363 (Warren, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • Have a Little Faith (1986) Merinet
  • Sing Me a Song About Jesus (1987) Riversong (Warren, Blackwood, Hess, Sumner, Lister)
  • The Legend Lives On (1988) Skylite (Nielsen, Toney, Hill, Sumner, Lister)
  • Sing Award Winning Songs of JD Sumner (1988) Skylite
  • Superlative Bass JD Sumner (1988)
  • The Original Masters Five (1991) Bibletone Records

Members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Zell (June 1996). They Heard Georgia Singing. Mercer University Press. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-86554-504-5. 
  2. ^ a b "The Masters Five", GOGR Music History, Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, 2005
  3. ^ Cusic, Don (April 2002). The Sound of Light: A History of Gospel and Christian Music. Hal Leonard Corp. p. 447. ISBN 978-0-634-02938-7.