Kenneth Darden - Lead and background vocals. "KD's" singing career spans over 30 years. He sang in gospel groups with his mother and the Helen Hollings Gospel Singers. He also sang with his brothers in various groups in and around the Boston area. He taught harmony and studied music at the Conservatory of Music in Boston. After taking time off in 1994 to pursue other areas, he has recently returned to his first love of singing and performing. Most recently, he was featured in a lead role in the Fats Waller musical, Aint Misbehavin.
Jessica April Morris - Lead and background vocals
Best known by her stage name "Jessica Morris", she was born on December 19, 1983 and is an original recording artist from Pontiac, Michigan. As a singer/songwriter she took a lead position with the music department at one of the most influential churches in the Pontiac metro area. This allowed her many opportunities to sing background with some of today's major gospel artists. Her singing style combines her gospel background with elements of smooth jazz giving her a soulful - and sultry sound. She enjoys performing and has an eclectic taste in music. As a young girl growing up, she endured much hardship. She turned to music for inspiration and her biggest reward is inspiring others through her music.
Marcus Hart - Bass / musical director
Marcus's interest in music began at age 3. He started on drums, moved to the guitar, and later discovered -and fell in love with the bass. He has played in bands since age 13. Primarily a jazz bassist, he's equally at home playing other musical genre's. In addition to playing with Legacy, he also plays with the Ed Stephenson group, a local jazz quartet. He often gets called upon to "fill in" on rock and country gigs. Marcus was also invited to hold down the bass chair at a Pensacola Jazz Fest that featured jazz legends Al Foster and Slide Hampton. He has played numerous musicals ; including : Grease, Nunsense, Annie, Sound of Music, Westside Story, George M, Patsy, Aint Misbehavin, Footloose, Full Monty .....to name a few. Most recently, he played the hit musical "Hairspray". He is a graduate of Troy State University and is a school band director with the Ft. Rucker School system (Ft. Rucker, Al). Marcus plays Carvin, Fender, Roscoe and Sadowsky basses via a Thunderfunk/Aguilar bass rig.
Keith Anderson - Drums / sound tech
Keith attended Grambling University in Louisiana where he majored in percussion and electronics. His musical career started in the early 80's. He has performed throughout Alabama and all over the gulf coast with the Jim Bell Trio and various artist. He also held the drummers throne for blues artist, Mel Waiters during a local performance. His "in demand" talents were featured in "Patsy", a musical dedicated to the life of Patsy Cline, and most recently Aint Misbehavin. Keith plays Sonor and Rogers drums (other brands welcome) with Zildjian cymbals.
Tony Hawthorne - Alto, Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Tony has been with the band since May 2011. Tony has played (and still plays) with various jazz ensembles and was a member of the legendary Troy State University "Sound Of The South" marching band. A versitile musician, Tony is at home with any genre - jazz, pop, R&B, funk, gospel, classical ... you name it. His musical influences are many, and can be heard in his playing. Originally from Dothan, he currently resides in Troy Alabama and is a band director with Elba City Schools.
Namon Flowers - Rhythm and Lead Guitar Namon has an extensive musical background. He has played with numerous blues artists - most notably, Marvin Sease. He has filled in with Legacy on several occasions and has been a strong asset. His style of playing incorporates a blend of jazz, rock and funk. Together with his undeniably funky chops and tasteful "comp playing", Namon brings an arsenal of groove to the table. Namon is retired and resides in Ozark Alabama.
Davie Cooley - Keyboard
Legacy welcomes keyboardist, Davie Cooley. Originally from Dothan, Alabama, Davie fell in love with music as a teen in the 1960's as a result of untold hours of late night AM radio listening ... blues and R&B from Nashville's WLAC, jazz from WWL in New Orleans and pop from WLS in Chicago. Like many other baby boomers, Davie was inspired by the arrival of the Beatles and other "British Invasion" bands to take up playing the instrument. Started out on guitar and bass, he quickly gravitated to the electric piano and organ and began finding gigs in local nightclub groups. A desire to progress musically beyond "self taught" status led him to study piano and music eventually at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Over the years, Davie has performed with a number of bands and played music from a variety of genres including pop, rock, jazz, oldies, and country. Recently, he retired from his "day job" teaching computer science at Troy State University and is thrilled at having more time for music.