The Southernaires appeared in concert in the theater section of the St. Paul Municipal Auditorium on December 3, 1946, sponsored by the St. Paul Branch of the NAACP. Proceeds were to be used to balance the budget and set up a fund to fight legal cases. The group had been featured on the radio since 1929 with African chants, spirituals, slave songs, and Negro music, as well as the classics and ballads. Members were:
- Spencer Odom, accompanist and arranger
- William Edmonson, basso
- Jay Stone Toney, baritone
- Lowell Peters, second tenor
- Ray Yeates, lyric tenor.