Sherman Church of the Nazarene to Host MAGMA Artists 

​​​​​​Sherman Church of the Nazarene has announced plans to  host their 2nd annual Southern Gospel Concert featuring artists from the Mid America Gospel Music Association.  

The concert will be held on Saturday night, March 10, 2018 at 6:00  p.m.  A spaghetti supper will be served at 5:00  p.m. prior to the concert.  Featured artists for the evening are the Chosen Ones, the Wanda Mountain Boys and the Redemptions.  

The church is located at 7085 Village Center Rd. in Sherman, IL.. 

We invite our friends from Central Illinois to join us for this exciting evening of Gospel Music.



Ron Mitchell Departs Wanda Mountain Boys 


It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of Ron Mitchell from the Wanda Mountain Boys.Those of you that  have followed the group through the years have come to love Ron and have accepted  him into our Wanda Mountain Boy family.  The past year has been a difficult battle for Ron as he has had several health issues to deal with.  

It has become increasingly difficult for him to travel as his leg injury has been slow in healing after he took a fall back  in March, injuring the Femur nerve. Recent tests show that there may be more damage than they initially thought and his recovery prognosis has been extended out to 8 more months to a year.  

Ron and the group feel that it is best for him to take the time to heal and recover.  The added strain of keeping a heavy road schedule has made it difficult to keep up the rehabilitation schedule necessary.  

As we always say, once a Wanda Mountain Boy always a Wanda Mountain Boy.  We look forward to ministering with Ron when  possible and ask that you keep him in your prayers.  Ron is by no way finished with his musical ministry and is looking ahead to future opportunities. 

Ron will be replaced in the group by former WMB baritone, Claude Johnson who is coming out of retirement.  He will begin filling dates with us immediately.  We look forward to what God  has in store for WMB.  

MAGMA Presents 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards 

The Mid America Gospel Music Association recently  presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to Gary O'Neal and Kent Mathes. The  presentation took place on November 3rd and 4th at the 18th Annual MAGMA convention. Both of these men have been involved in the association since it's inception and are charter board members. 

Gary O'Neal has been involved in Gospel Music for the last 47 years and has served as president of MAGMA for the last 10 years.  He currently sings with the Wanda Mountain Boys.  His career highlights include singing with full time groups, the Brashears and Solid Gospel. He is also an established songwriter and  has had several songs recorded by a number of major Southern Gospel artists.

Kent Mathes has been involved in Gospel Music for 36 years.  His career highlights include singing with the Fox Brothers, a full time quartet based in Nashville, TN, and being featured on the top 10 single, "It's Time For Love".  He managed and performed with the popular midwest quartet, Crimson Gold for 28 years.

The MAGMA board would like to congratulate these two gentlemen for their service in the Gospel Music field and to the association.

Lineup for 2017 MAGMA Convention 


Lineup for MAGMA 

November 3, 2017 FRIDAY 

The Rice’s 
Becky Lercher 
The Lester’s 
Kevin Kappler 
The Redemptions 
Karen Carr 
The Chosen Ones 
Lifetime Achievement Award #1 
The Wanda Mountain Boys 
Janice Crow 
The Wallen Family 
Andy Russell 
The Willifords 

November 4, 2017 SATURDAY 

Gateway Sound 
Carol Sanguinette How  
The Gospel Messengers 
Heritage Boys  
Marilyn Berry 
Lifetime Achievement Award #2 
Ascension Quartet 
The Brothers 
Kathy Atkins 
Crimson River 
Berry Brothers 
Tindall Family & Friends 
Keystone Voices

Wanda Mountain Boys Welcome David Jenkins 

The Wanda Mountain Boys are pleased to announce the addition of David Jenkins, singing bass. Dave has been away from the Gospel Music scene for a few years but many will remember him from his days with Golden Street Quartet and Higher Power Qt. 

“This has been a three year journey to get us to this point.” stated group manager and lead singer, Gary O’Neal. “Dave approached us almost three years ago about singing with us and at the time, we were going through a major transition in the group.” “The timing just wasn’t right for us, as we found ourselves looking for a replacement for Claude Johnson, who retired from the group.” 

“Over the past 3 years, we have re-establlished ourselves both vocally and financially and it has allowed us the opportunity to take on another member.” O’Neal stated. “ Adding a bass singer is like adding icing to a cake.” “ We first had to bake the cake” he joked. 

David and his wife Terri are a welcome addition to the Wanda Mountain Boys family and he is already receiving glowing reviews from followers of the group. 

“We asked Dave to come to a concert and listen to see if he was still interested” “We had him do a couple of songs with us and the response was immediate.” said O’Neal. “ I gave him 3 CDs and told him to listen and we would get back together in a couple of weeks and see how it was going.” “He showed up and did the entire concert with us, having learned the entire new recording” 

The Wanda Mountain Boys have returned to their roots as a quartet. They are currently picking songs for a new CD project which will showcase the new sound of the group. 

The group is currently taking bookings for 2018 as they finish up a busy 2017. Make sure to come and join the Wanda Mountain Boys in a concert near you.

MAGMA Welcomes the Willifords 


The Mid America Gospel Music Association welcomes the Willifords to their roster of performing artists. 

Dave and Becky Williford are a husband and wife duo from the heartland sharing their brand of music called "almost bluegrass". "Almost" because the Willifords sound is gospel, bluegrass, country, and piano instrumental all rolled together! Together, The Willifords are on a mission to share the message of hope and encourage young people to get involved in music, missions and aviation for a cause. 

For further information about the Willifords, visit them at http://www.willifordmusic.com.

MAGMA Welcomes Keystone Voices  

The Mid America Gospel Music Association board of directors are excited to announce the addition of an exciting trio of young people to their roster of performing members. Keystone Voices bring a refreshing sound and energy to our association and proves there is a bright future ahead for Southern Gospel Music.

Keystone Voices formed as a new trio in 2016 and have been rehearsing diligently on music they cannot wait to share with you. The two couples that came together to form this group are Micah & Courtney Turnbough and Daniel & Rachel Ross. Best friends since middle school, Daniel and Micah have always wanted to be involved in each other’s musical adventures and this time they are bringing their wives along with them. Fortunately, God has called both Micah and Daniel to serve as full-time Worship Ministers in their churches. Daniel (Sound Tech for Keystone Voices), recommended his wife Rachel to Micah and Courtney when they were searching for their 3rd vocalist. The group began rehearsing soon after and the rest is history! Courtney and Rachel alternate between Soprano and Alto, while Micah sings Tenor.  

Being the visionary of the group, Micah began choosing songs that would perfectly fit the group’s overall sound, image, and most importantly, mission. Keystone Voices wants to be more than just a music group. They want to invite people to worship Jesus along with them as they bring joy to audiences through their music. Their youthful energy makes them fun to watch and their smiles are contagious. Having them in concert, you are sure to hear great music, be encouraged, and have lots of laughs along the way.

For more info regarding Keystone Voices, visit their website at /http://keystonevoices.com/

MAGMA Coming to Marshfield 


The Mid-America Gospel Music Association is excited to announce that they are bringing a concert to Marshfield, Missouri. The concert will be hosted by the Ascension Quartet and feature the host group as well as soloist, Becky Lercher, the New Horizons, the Redemptions and the Wanda Mountain Boys. 

This will mark the first time for a MAGMA event to take place in the Springfield area. MAGMA is looking forward to introducing their brand of Southern Gospel music to a new audience. 

The concert will take place at the Marshfield Church of the Nazarene in Marshfield, Missouri on Saturday night April 21,  2018 at 6 p.m. There will be no admission charge and a free-will offering will be taken.

To all  of our Southern Gospel music fans  in Southwest Missouri,  we would like to encourage you to come out and support this endeavor and enjoy a great evening filled with uplifting Southern Gospel music by 5 of the Midwest's premier Gospel artists





Central Baptist Church to Host Quartet Night 

Central Baptist Church in Eureka, MO will be hosting an evening of Southern Gospel Music on Saturday night, August 12.  The featured artists that evening will be Eureka's own, Gateway Sound Qt. and Final Authority.

The event will start at 6 p.m and there is no admission charge.  A freewill offering will be taken.

Duane Garren will be emceeing the event.

Make plans now to attend this exciting evening of Southern Gospel Music.

"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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