Donna Blackwood Wins Diamond Award
Donna Blackwood of the “Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has won the prestigious Publisher’s Choice Diamond Award. The Diamond Awards were held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center recently as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.
Originating in 1991, The Diamond Awards are sponsored by SGN Scoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group. They were the first Southern Gospel fan-based awards and are still open to everyone, no subscription required.
Rob Patz, current Publisher of SGN Scoops selects the Publishers Choice recipient each year. Rob was inspired by Blackwood’s testimony regarding her battle with cancer during his attendance at the “Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” during the National Quartet Convention (NQC), recently held in Pigeon Forge.
“Not only has Donna contributed significantly to the Gospel Music industry, she continues to encourage and inspire others with her beautiful voice and desire to touch others,” said Rob Patz publisher SGN Scoops magazine. Each year with the Publisher's Choice Award we search for someone who has made great contributions to our industry with their faith their integrity and their perseverance and I believe Donna Blackwood encompasses all of these things.”
Blackwood said, “I was totally floored – it was a real shock to get this award. I had been asked to sing and give my testimony but I had no idea I was getting an award. I was truly honored to receive this award. I sang ‘Through It All,” because in every situation God has given me blessed consolation and my trials came to only make me strong. Through my battle with cancer I learned to trust in Jesus, I learned to trust in God, and I learned to depend upon His word. The song “Through It All” is about someone who has gone through adversity and has continued to carry on and is still touching people’s lives.”
SGN Scoops Magazine is the all-digital source of Southern Gospel News and the current #1 visited Southern Gospel website on the internet. The Diamond Awards show was taped for a television special to air later this year and will be shown in syndication with various Christian media outlets in 2015.
The annual Diamond Awards recognizes the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music. Since January 2014, voting was held to select the nominees for this year's Diamond Awards. Artists were selected by voters from across the Internet to become a top-ten nominee and then a top-five nominee.
R.W. and Donna Blackwood have been performing with The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group since 2003. They have entertained hundreds of thousands of fans with their gospel show. Their Christmas show is currently open.
The dynamic “Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” is a mixture of country, pop, patriotic and gospel harmonious sounds that showcase the talents of R.W. and Donna Blackwood, Jonathan Lee Kunkle, Brad Smith, and the newest members of the group, Tana Lonon Rogers and Brian Norris.
The Blackwoods Quartet began their career in Choctaw Co., Miss., in 1934. The original members were Roy, Doyle, James, and Roy’s son, R.W. Blackwood Sr. They recorded over 200 albums and sold over 50 million records. They won eight Grammy Awards, four Dove Awards, and were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame, The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 1954, R.W. Blackwood Sr., Bill Lyles and Johnny Ogburn died in a plane crash. R.W. Blackwood Jr., the son of R.W. Blackwood Sr., and his wife, Donna, now continue to carry on the legacy of the Blackwoods.
The “Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” is open six days-a-week at 10 a.m. (preshow starts at 9:30 a.m.) at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater (The show is closed on Monday). Adult tickets are normally $29.95, plus tax. Children 11 and under are $9.95, plus tax. Tickets are available by calling 1-865-428-SHOW (7469). Groups of 15 or more qualify for group rates, available by calling 1-866-492-6972. The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information about the show, visit http://www.smokymtnopry.com/shows/blackwoods-morning-variety-show or call 1-800-768-1170.