Please welcome one of the 3 new members to The Blackwoods for 2022, Aaron Martin!
Aaron Martin brings both talent and tourism expertise to The Blackwood’s stage. As a youngster, Aaron won many local, state and national talent competitions. He began singing three-part harmony with his mother and sister at the age of two years old. By six, Aaron was playing the drums and soon began singing and playing professionally with The Martin Family. They performed all across the United States for more than 20 years. By the age of 30 Aaron was traveling 48 weekends each year sharing his vocal solo ministry in churches of all denominations while continuing to hold down a full-time job to earn knowledge in various fields.
He is the former Director of Music at America’s fifth largest Assembly of God church where he directed a 100-voice choir, lead the praise and worship in 4 services each week and produced renown, large-scale holiday dramas. He led all aspects of the church’s music department all while being seen internationally on a weekly television broadcast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Aaron was also privileged and honored to perform The National Anthem for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
He served as Chairman of the Board of the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association and served for more than 15 years on the state’s executive committee where he had many unique opportunities such as meeting annually with U.S. senators and congressmen in Washington DC to discuss legal legislation promoting tourism. He has won awards for his tourism marketing efforts including being a two-time recipient of Central Oklahoma’s Tourism Ambassador of the Year and the Governor’s Award for expert achievement in tourism marketing.
Aaron is excited to be a part of The Blackwoods’ legacy and ministry for the 2022 season in Branson. Please join us as we welcome this Oklahoma Sooner to the Show Me state.
Here’s a photo of the Imperials in the penthouse with Elvis. A comedian named Marty Allen. And Mama Cass Eliott of the Mamas and the Papas. We were sing Amazing Grace and she was crying. After we finished she said, “ I haven’t sung that song since I was a little girl”. There was a holy hushed silence after her emotional response. ... See MoreSee Less
￼ What an absolutely stupendous evening last night at the Branson Terry Music Awards from the opening of the show to the closing song. There were so many wonderful entertainers attending along with so many friends from far and near, yet other great entertainers couldn’t attend as they had shows to perform for audiences who came to see their show. Awards were given to the Best of Branson Shows for 2022 when about three-fourths of the way through the show we heard Songwriter Bruce Haynes announce “The Winner is The Blackwoods” for Best ￼Gospel Group of the Year. We went into shock. Knowing we had been nominated we never expected to win because the other gospel shows are tremendous. We were so overwhelmed that RW and I could hardly talk and say thank you or anything else.So now we want to start saying thanks to Mr. Terry Beene and his entire committee, as well as JoAnn McDowell (and congratulations to her for receiving the Humanitarian of the Year) All Access, all who worked behind the scenes to insure a magnificent night: techs, sound, lighting, the Band,awesome Hosts Barbara Fairchild and Jaime Haage, and The Announcer…our own Denny Yeary who originally joined us in 1973. We want to congratulate Denny for a well deserved award, “The Pioneer Award”.We also want to thank the talented singers who perform with us: Denny and Shelia Yeary, Mark and Paige Kingsbury, and Aaron Martin. We also thank our special behind the scene crew who help keep our show running smoothly: Sandra and Larry Barnette, Jerry and Shirley Ozee, Sheila and David Ross, Cheryl (CJ) Johnson, Quandalia Martin, Matthew Boyce, Mae Whiteside, & Chris Newsome. We’re thankful for the great gospel music heritage of over 88 years that has been handed down from RW’s dad RW Sr, grandfather Roy, Uncles Doyle, James, & Cecil…The Blackwood Brothers. We also want to thank past members of The Blackwoods who have traveled with us, worked in Branson with us, sang with us and/or played an instrument in our band. There several who are living here in Branson performing with other shows: first of all our son Rob Blackwood who plays drums for Clay Cooper show, our daughter Andrea who has recently retired, Sami Straub Johnson, Tracy Heaston, Michael and Jen Frost, Desta Pritchett, Dan Keeton, Char Swisher, Jonathan Lee Raugh, Roger Woods, Kenny Parrott, Wayne Massengale, Melody Hart, Jamie Layton, Chuck Crain,Linda Bratton, and there’s one former main get/band member that deserves a special thanks…Rick McEwen…thank you for all you do to help Terry Beene and the Branson Music Awards show. You did a phenomenal job with the closing song last night. I’m sure we’ve probably left out a few who live here and we know we’ve left out many who live all over the USA but there’s a few who have gone on to their heavenly reward: Ray Burdette, Everett Reece, and Dave Emery. A huge thank you goes to our Pastor Mike and Karen Brown. Thank you for your teaching, your encouragement, and your prayer. We thank our Faith and Wisdom Church family for their prayer and support as well. We want to thank Family and friends from near and far, for new friends who come to our great town of spectacular live entertainment.Most of all we thank God for the talent He gave us, for the love He shows us, for the many blessings He’s bestowed upon us, and more than anything for giving His Son to die for our sins that we might have Everlasting Life. Someday we’ll all join in that Heavenly Choir with singers, dancers and instrumentalists such as we’ve never heard before. To God be the glory! Terry Beene, once again we thank you for your love of Branson entertainment, your dedication, your time, your energy and your resources, and thoughtfulness for all. We love you. It was a spectacular evening. Blessings of Love to each and everyone of you. ... See MoreSee Less