Blackman, a Dudley, North Carolina native, arrived in Nashville in 1980 and graduated from Belmont University, with a Music Business degree in 1982. Since then, his many jobs have included a one year stint as production coordinator with American Image Productions, six years on staff at The Nashville Songwriters Association, and four years as general manager for Buckhorn Music. Founded in 1994, his sdb music group, a publishing and independent songplugging company, has secured recordings in Country, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, and Polka, resulting in various radio hits, as well as Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum certifications, several Grammy and IBMA nominations and one Dove award winner.
Because of his knowledge and experience, Blackman has traveled extensively as a guest speaker at most major songwriter workshops and music business seminars across the United States and Canada. He has been featured in national and international magazines such as MUSIC ROW, AMERICAN SONGWRITER, CMA CLOSE UP, SONG LINK, ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN, DIRECT BUZZ, BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE, and BLUEGRASS NOW.
His thought provoking quotes appear in the books “YOUR FIRST CUT A Step-by-Step Guide To Getting There” by Jerry Vandiver & Gracie Hollombe, “THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO NASHVILLE” by Sherry Bond, “6 STEPS TO SONGWRITING SUCCESS” by Jason Blume, and “SONGPLUGGER: The Cuts and The Bruises” by Penny Dionne & Troy McConnell. Blackman is a co-founder of The Independent Pluggers Association; a three term past president of The Nashville Publishers' Network; and was named Music Row Magazine's Songplugger of The Year in 2004, 2005, and 2006.