• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

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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, Mark Hughes on bass (later with Dobie Gray and owner the world’s largest used music store, Mr Mark’s Music in Nashville (1980–90, 2000-2016-current), 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 group’s 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.

Discography

Soldiers Of The Light/Step Out Of The Night

Benson Music 1991

Tracks: Soldier Of The Light, The Well Will Never Run Dry, God-Made Man, Close To You, I Still Do, The Other Side, Walk On Water, Give It All, The Captain & Me, You Are, No You May Out, Step Out Of The Night, Stone’s Throw Away, Live It From Day To Day, Without Love, Wake The Town, Comin’ Back, Better Than I Know Myself, More Like You & Shine (If You Care).

Musicians on the Soldiers Of The Light/Step Out Of The Night album: Sherman Andrus, Terry Blackwood, Dave Coy, Steve Gibson, Jon Goin, Hadley Hockensmith, Abraham Laboriel, Larrie Londin, Shane Keister, Farrell Morris, Joe Osborn, Smitty Price, John Raines, Steve Schaeffer, Jack Williams, David Baroni, Randy Goodrum, Wally Grant, Bruce Hibbard, Warren Peterson, John Rosasco, Keith Stegall & Keith Thomas.

The Best Of

Greentree Records 1984

Tracks: Soldier Of The Light, Step Out Of The Night, Never Be, I´m Gonna Rise, Following You, Jesus You´re So Wonderful, The Captain And Me, No You May Not, Stone´s Throw Away & God-Made Man.

Musicians on the Best Of album: Sherman Andrus, Terry Blackwood and others.

Holiday

Nissi Records 1984

Tracks: Builder Of Bridges, Warriors, The Love In His Eyes, Witness, Joy And Peace, Amen Again, The Prayer, I Can Do All Things & Nothing Separates (From His Love).

Musicians on the Holiday album: Sherman Andrus, Terry Blackwood, Alex Acuna, Gail Farrell, John Ferraro, Brandon Fields, Leon Gaer, Sandy Hall, Jack Kelly, Melissa MacKay, Susan McBride, Alfred McCrary, Charity McCrary, Linda McCrary, Cactus Moser, Smitty Price, John Rosasco, Marty Walsh & Art Wood.

Step Out Of The Night

Greentree Records 1982

Tracks: No You May Out, Step Out Of The Night, Stone’s Throw Away, Live It From Day To Day, Without Love, Wake The Town, Comin’ Back, Better Than I Know Myself, More Like You & Shine (If You Care).

Musicians on the Step Out Of The Night album: Sherman Andrus, Terry Blackwood, David Baroni, Randy Goodrum, Wally Grant, Bruce Hibbard, Hadley Hockensmith, Warren Peterson, Smitty Price, John Rosasco, Keith Stegall & Keith Thomas.

Soldiers Of The Light

Greentree Records 1981

Tracks: Soldier Of The Light, The Well Will Never Run Dry, God-Made Man, Close To You, I Still Do, The Other Side, Walk On Water, Give It All, The Captain And Me & You Are.

Musicians on the Soldiers Of The Light album: Sherman Andrus, Terry Blackwood, Dave Coy, Steve Gibson, Jon Goin, Hadley Hockensmith, Abraham Laboriel, Larrie Londin, Shane Keister, Farrell Morris, Joe Osborn, Smitty Price, John Raines, Steve Schaeffer & Jack Williams.

Live

Greentree Records 1980

Tracks: Rescue Me, Never Be, You Are My Everything, Give Them All To Jesus, He’s Here Right Now, Bless That Wonderful Name, Jesus You’re So Wonderful, Oh What A Day, If You Abide In Me, Following You & I’m Gonna Rise.

Musicians on the Live albu: Sherman Andrus, Terry Blackwood, Billy Blackwood, Rocky Laughlin, Bob Villareal & Karen Voegtlin.

Following You

Greentree Records 1978

Tracks: Following You, Starting All Over Again, Story Of My Life, Give It Up, You Keep Me Happy, There Aren’t Words Enough, Never Ending Love, Falling In Love, Sweet Sweet Friendship, Wonderful, For So Long, You’re Such A Comfort To Me, It Happened, You’re So Good To Me, He Must Have Lovin’ Eyes, Jesus Is The Rock, All Of Me & He’s Here Right Now.

Musicians on the Following You album: Sherman Andrus, Terry Blackwood, Jerry Carrigan, Steve Gibson, Jon Goin, Randy Goodrum, Joe Huffman, Shane Keister, Larrie Londin, Farrell Morris, Billy Sanford, Jack Williams & Reggie Young.

Grand Opening

Greentree Records 1977

Tracks: I’m Gonna Rise, Never Be, All That I Want To Be, Somethin’ Right, Oh What A Day, You Are My Everything, Questions, Rescue Me, Filled To Overflowing & Steve.

Musicians on the Grand Opening album: Sherman Andrus, Terry Blackwood, Steve Gibson, Dennis Good, Shane Keister, Larrie Londin, Farrell Morris, Billy Puet, Shelson Kurland Strings, Dennis Solee, Bobby Taylor, George Tidwell, Jack Williams & Reggie Young.

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