Elvis Gospel & Beyond Press Release
The incredible songs, the fantastic stories, and the history of a legend, Elvis Aaron Presley will come to life on the stage in Stardom Entertainment’s production, “Elvis Gospel and Beyond 2022” in Old Town Lewisville, Texas at the Lewisville Grand Theater, Saturday, August 20, 2022, 7:30 pm. The show features The Blackwood Quartet, Mark Blackwood, Casey Shepherd, Tony Goforth, Justin Terry, and Elvis Tribute Artist, Kraig Parker. Kraig is backed by his incredible band, the Royal Tribute Band from DFW
The year was 1934. Brothers Roy, Doyle, and James Blackwood, along with Roy’s son R.W., form the most beloved and respected gospel group of all time, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet. The quartet went on to be featured on several TV shows, including “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters,” the beloved American classic “Hee Haw,” and the prestigious “Arthur Godfrey Talent Show” in 1954.
A few weeks later that same year, tragedy struck when two group members, R.W. Blackwood, and Bill Lyles, were killed in a plane crash. After the accident, many fans and critics alike believed that the quartet would not go forth. However, as fate would have it, R.W.’s youngest brother, Cecil Blackwood, joined the group along with the bass singer, J.D. Sumner, silencing any doubts the public had about the quartet continuing to be a force in gospel music.
Cecil Blackwood was a childhood friend of Elvis Presley, and the association between the two families was lifelong. They attended Sunday school together and formed their first gospel quartet called “The Songfellows” long before Elvis became the King of Rock n Roll.
In 1958, Elvis sent a plane to North Carolina and brought the Blackwoods to sing at his mother’s funeral. James Blackwood would sing “How Great Thou Art” at Elvis’ Funeral.
Cecil Blackwood’s son, Mark, joined his family in the Blackwood Brothers Quartet in 1986. He sang lead for many years alongside his dad, Cecil, and other talented singers.
Today, Mark Blackwood fronts The Blackwood Quartet and continues his family’s tradition and association with Elvis Presley. “Elvis Gospel and Beyond 2022,” the group performs Presley’s personal favorites, including “Amazing Grace,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and “Crying In The Chapel.”
The Blackwood family has received nine Grammy Awards and is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Music Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and many more!
Kraig Parker, an award-winning, world-class Elvis Tribute Artist from Dallas, Texas, has astonished audiences for over 20 years. Kraig has performed across America and Europe at casinos, performance halls, cruise ships, and major symphony orchestras, including headline shows in Las Vegas. Kraig Parker’s powerful voice, electric moves, and tasteful charisma will leave you ‘all shook up and screaming for more!
Mix Kraig Parker’s powerful voice with the harmonies of the Blackwood Quartet; you have nothing but pure magic! A Magical production you and the whole family will not want to miss or will ever forget!!!
Tickets start at $25 online: