Kenneth Brown Billups, out of "The National Youth Association Project", formed The legend Singers in 1940. The Legend Singers is the longest continuously performing African America Choral group in the Untied States and its repertoire includes spirituals, folk songs, jazz, gospel and classical choral works by African-American composers.
Kenneth Brown Billups (1918-1985), was born and educated in St. Louis, MO. He received music degrees from Northwestern University and did post graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis. he was director of music at Sumner High School and later was supervisor of music for St. Louis Public Schools. Billups directed The Legend Singers for 40 years.
Doris Jones Wilson, a student of Billups became director of The Legend Singers in 1996, following Malachi Owens, a student of Billups as well. Wilson received the BME from Lincoln University and the MAT and Ed. D in music education from Washington University. She was the director of the award winning Harris-Stowe State College Concert Chorale for over 28 year and continues to fulfill the original mission of performing spirituals and other music by African-American composers.