The Blackwood Brothers have announced the retirement of Jimmy Blackwood as the lead singer for the group. Mike Helwig will join the group. Mike has previously sung with the Wilburns, the Stamps Quartet, Promise and the Dixie Echoes. He and his wife, Leslie, and their children make their home in Carthage, Tenn.
The Blackwood Brothers made the announcement in Memphis at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center .
Jimmy joined the Blackwood Brothers in 1969 singing lead in place of his dad, James, who was experiencing health problems and needed to slow his pace at that time. Jimmy continued in that position until 1986 when he left to pursue solo ministry opportunities. He rejoined the group in 2004 and has successfully led the group for the past eight years.
Speaking at the conclusion of the concert, his brother, Billy, said,"This is a bittersweet moment. It's always good to be home in Memphis, but it's sad to announce that Jimmy is retiring."