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MAGMA Remembers Ralph Green 

It's with great sadness that we report the loss of our dear friend and legendary singer, Ralph Green.  Ralph Green passed away on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:08 a.m.  On Tuesday afternoon, Ralph suffered a massive stroke and would later be flown to Barnes Hospital with bleeding on the brain which he never recovered from.


Ralph was involved in Gospel Music for over 70 years and sang with many of the regions most prominent groups including, the Melody Makers Qt., the Victory Qt., the All American Qt., and Reunion.  

Please keep Mary Francis in your prayers as well as the extended family as they mourn this great loss.


 


                                                 Funeral arrangements are as follows:


                                                 Visitation:  Boyer Funeral Home

                                                 DesLoge, MO

                                                 Friday,  March 21, 2014  3-6
                    
                                                 Funeral services to follow visitation.



 

MAGMA Returns to West Plains 

The Mid America Gospel Music Association (MAGMA) is excited to return to West Plains for the 3rd Annual Mid America Gospel Music Festival. The concert event will take place at the state of the art West Plains Civic Center Theater and feature 6 of the Midwest’s favorite Southern Gospel artists.

The dates for the festival are Friday and Saturday, March 21-22. The Friday night session will start at 7 p.m. and feature One Voice from Marion, IL, the Wanda Mountain Boys from Wood River, IL, and the New Horizons from Lebanon, MO. Saturday night will feature the talents of Final Authority from Sullivan, MO , the Redemptions from St. Louis, MO and Crimson Gold from Ironton, MO.  Both nights will be emceed by Duane Garren.

MAGMA would like to say a special thank you to our friends Beverly Broyles and Ron Budd, who have made it possible for the association to bring its unique brand of Southern Gospel music to the folks in the West Plains area. Several local churches have made pledges of financial support to help defray the costs of such an event. We would also like to say thank you to our friends at New Life of Hope in Sullivan, MO for their help to make this event a must attend event
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The Chosen Ones to Host Cabin Fever Jubilee 


The Chosen Ones of Manchester, IL will be hosting an exciting evening of Southern Gospel Music on Saturday night, March 1st.  The event will take place at the group's home church, Manchester Baptist Church.  They will be joined by their friends, the Wanda Mountain Boys of Wood River, IL and Saved By Grace from White Hall, IL.

The Cabin Fever Jubilee has become a popular event in Central Illinois and kicks off the concert season.  It's time to get out of the house and enjoy some great music and family fun so join us at the 2014 Cabin Fever Jubilee.

 

Crimson Gold to Host Concert Event 

Crimson Gold will be sponsoring an evening of Southern Gospel Music on Saturday night, February 8 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the 1st Baptist Church of Iron Mountain located near Ironton, MO.

Featured artists for the event are the Wanda Mountain Boys of Wood River, IL and the Redemptions of St. Louis, MO. These two exciting groups will join with the host group, Crimson Gold, for what is anticipated to be a great night of Southern Gospel Music.

For more info concerning this concert, see the flyer below.

Crimson River 

Effective January 12th, Ms. Sarah Thieme has joined the Southern Gospel trio Crimson River. Ms. Thieme replaces long-time member Dee Ann Douthart who sang with Crimson River for over 15 years. Prior to joining Crimson River, Ms. Thieme also assisted with leading worship in Vida Nueva, a Hispanic worship ministry based out Heritage Weslyan Church in the Quad Cities. Ms. Thieme's first concert with Crimson River will be March 7, 2014.

MAGMA Returns to West Plains 


The Mid America Gospel Music Association (MAGMA) is excited to return to West Plains for the 3rd Annual Mid America Gospel Music Festival. The concert event will take place at the state of the art West Plains Civic Center Theater and feature 6 of the Midwest’s favorite Southern Gospel artists.

The dates for the festival are Friday and Saturday, March 21-22. The Friday night session will start at 7 p.m. and feature One Voice from Marion, IL, the Wanda Mountain Boys from Wood River, IL, and the New Horizons from Lebanon, MO. Saturday night will feature the talents of Final Authority from Sullivan, MO , the Redemptions from St. Louis, MO and Crimson Gold from Ironton, MO.  Both nights will be emceed by Duane Garren.

MAGMA would like to say a special thank you to our friends Beverly Broyles and Ron Budd, who have made it possible for the association to bring its unique brand of Southern Gospel music to the folks in the West Plains area. Several local churches have made pledges of financial support to help defray the costs of such an event. We would also like to say thank you to our friends at New Life of Hope in Sullivan, MO for their help to make this event a must attend event
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For more information concerning the event, see the flyer below.


MAGMA Congratulates 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners 

The Mid America Gospel Music Association would like to congratulate Randy Barron and John Moody.  They were presented the association's Lifetime Achievement Award during the 14th Annual MAGMA Convention held at the Centene Center in Farmington, MO.

Randy Barron has been singing Gospel Music for 35 continuous years with one group, the Randy Barron Singers who changed their name to Heartfelt in the early 1990s.  He has also been involved in the promotion of Southern Gospel music with Gateway Productions and is a Charter Board Member of MAGMA as well as serving 2 years as vice president of the association and 5 years as president.

John Moody's career spans 7 decades. He began his musical career at age 4 and has been a part of many of the legendary groups in the midwest including, the Melody Makers Qt., the Victory Qt., and the Royal Sons.  He has influenced the careers of several prominent Southern Gospel artists including Neil and Phil Enloe of the Couriers Qt. and Harlan (Gene) Jones who would play piano for Coy Cook and the Senators and Jerry and the Singing Goffs.  He continues to travel with his wife Louise, preaching and singing throughout the midwest.


 

The Lesters Release "Life in the Light" 

























"MIssouri's First Family of Gospel Music", the Lesters, have recently released their latest CD project, "Life in the Light".  This is the first project of the new look Lesters who are now an all male trio.

The group welcomed new tenor, Justin Wells, in January 2013 and this marks his first recording with group and also features 2 songs written by him.  He joins lead singer Brian Lester and baritone, Jonathan Lester on this great project which feature 13 songs in total.  Brian Lester served as Executive Producer on the project and Tim Parton and Ginger Pitchers produced the project.

For more information concerning the Lesters, go to:
www.thelesters.com


 

Gospel Messengers Release "He Took Away My Burden" 





















Magma artist, Gospel Messengers from Mt. Vernon, IL, want to announce the release of their latest project " He Took Away My Burden". This is the Father & Sons trio's third project. Daniel Southerd (13) sings -Tenor, Bart Southerd -lead, Dennis Southerd (16)- baritone. This CD has an exciting compilation of old and new material with a consistently fresh yet very traditional feel!

This CD has five never before recorded original songs including the title cut written by Scott Inman & Daryl Williams. This recording includes five long time southern gospel favorites such as When I lift Up My Head written by Dottie Rambo. On this particular song Mr. Mike Allen , Gaither Homecoming Artist, adds a rich bass vocal part. Included on this new project : I Won't Have To Worry - James Goss & Jimmy Jones, Dig A Well - Diane Wilkinson, Oh The Glory Did Roll - G.T. Speer , Based Upon The Word - Scott Inman & Barbara Huffman, O Beautiful Home - Rebecca J. Peck , The Bible Says I Can - Daryl Williams, What Time I Am Afraid - Kyla Rowland & Dianne Wilkinson, I Believe In A Hill Called Mt. Calvary - William J. Gaither, Gloria Gaither, Dale Oldham.

He Took Away My Burden was recorded, mixed, and mastered at The Dog House Studio in Nashville, TN by producer and engineer Brian Speer. Tim Parton laid down the piano and Bass Guitar while Joel Key added a beautiful acoustic guitar to the mix. For more information on the CD, He Took Away My Burden please visit their web site http://www.gospelmessengersministry.org/


To book Gospel Messengers call Gwen Southerd , group manager and sound technician, at 618-242-4273 or 618-322-7495

Wanda Mountain Boys Release "Back to Basics" 




MAGMA artists, the Wanda Mountain Boys, are excited to announce their latest recording, "Back to Basics", is now available.  The much anticipated project features 10 songs taken from the group's request time portion of their live performances, recorded with simple vocal arrangements and basic music tracks.  Lead singer, Gary O'Neal does all the keyboard work on the project and is joined by musicians, Joe Arview, Glen Gobel, and Bill Schell, who also served as engineer and producer.

This album is the first from the group that features the voice of their newest member, Rick Brown.  Rick is showcased a lot on the new project that features songs like, "I'll Meet You in the Morning" and "This Is Just What Heaven Means to Me".  The group also closes the album out for all of you nostalgia lovers by singing the classic cowboy song, "Happy Trails".

For more information on the CD or to book the Wanda Mountain Boys, please go to their website at:  www.wandamountainboys.com


"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."

Colossians 3:16

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