The group was founded in 1969 by Russell Knighton at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the group was called the Macalester College Black Voices. It was in 1971 when current director Gary Hines took leadership over the ensemble, and the group name was officially changed to Sounds of Blackness.
The group had acquired local celebrity status throughout the years though never signed with a record company because of various reasons including the fact that many companies were not comfortable with the group's name. Some companies even suggested to Hines that the group's name be changed to "The Sounds of Music."The chief lead singer of the group was Ann Nesby until 1995 when Nesby left the group to pursue a solo career. The group continues to perform internationally
Musical Director, Gary Hines will be joining Drew Pillow in the Celebrity Spotlight on Urban Indie Radio-Los Angeles Sunday May 19, 2013 @ 6pm (PST), and Encore May 21, 2013 @ 6pm PST. .Listen online @ UrbanIndieRadio.com, or on your mobile phones by downloading the mobile app. You can also listen through the TUNEIN radio app by searching for Urban Indie Radio-Los Angeles.