"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

Welcome to your on-line home for Gospel music in the Midwest. The Mid-America Gospel Music Association (MAGMA) is an organization made up of groups and soloists who love gospel music. Our purpose is to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ, create opportunities for fellowship among our members and provide an opportunity once a year for members to perform at our annual convention.

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Current Happenings!!!!

The Lesters Welcome Matt Felts 

 The Lesters are proud to announce the addition of Matt Felts.  Matt in no stranger to Gospel Music, having sang with groups such as Monument Qt, Perfect Heart and for the last four years, Ed O'Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys. 

Matt is originally from the St. Louis area, having grown up in St. Charles County and says that his dream job in Gospel Music has always been to sing with the Lesters who have been influential in his musical aspirations.

Matt is married to Jennifer and they are blessed with a 5 year old daugher Abbey. 

 Matt shares, "One of the first songs that I ever sang in church was "He Didn't Throw the Clay Away".  "I never dreamed that I would have the honor to perform this song on stage with them." "Brian and Jon and all the Lester family have already made my family feel so welcome."

 Matt will be joining the Lesters September 8th.                   

MAGMA Artists to Headline GospelFest 


The Litchfield GospelFest has become one of the most popular annual Southern Gospel Music events in Central Illinois and this year will be headlined by two of MAGMA's member artists, the Redemptions and the Wanda Mountain Boys.  The concert will take place on Saturday evening, August 23, and is the finale of a big day at the Litchfield Community Center. Joining these two groups for the evening will be the popular Southern Illinois group GladHeart.  The concert will start at 6 p.m. and a freewill offering will be taken. 

This marks the 13th year for the GospelFest and Judy Plaster and her staff have done an outstanding job putting it together and making it a must see event for Southern Gospel Music lovers.

There will be a matinee concert held at noon featuring several local favorites as well as their bake sale and silent auction which helps defray the costs of the event. 


Barry Jones Family Releases "Let God Be God" 

The Barry Jones Family has just released their brand new CD "Let God Be God." The title track was written bygroup member Kenny Settlemoir and sets the tone for what people have come to expect when they attend one of their concerts.

The CD features 10 songs including the popular instrumental composed by Jake Randolph and Calvin Jones "Pulling Down The Strongholds".

To get your own copy, call 573-546-2117 or send a check or money order made
out to Barry Jones Family in the amount of $15.00 + $3.00
shipping and handling to:

Barry Jones Family
900 Lake Drive; Apt. 21
Ironton, MO 63650

The Chosen Ones to Host Manchester Gospel Music Festival 

The Chosen Ones will be hosting their annual Manchester Gospel Music Festival on August 15-17 at the city park in Manchester, IL.  This annual festival has become one of the largest outdoor Southern Gospel events in the Midwest.

Several MAGMA artists will be appearing on this years event including, the Lesters, the Redemptions, the Wanda Mountain Boys and the host group, the Chosen Ones.  Joining these artists will be the Joylanders, the Diplomats and the Nehrkorns along with popular local personality, emcee, Ken Wise.

Friday night will feature the Chosen Ones along with the Lesters and the Redemptions and will start at 6 p.m.  Saturday afternoon will be at 1 p.m and feature the Nehrkorns, Wanda Mountain Boys, the Diplomats and the Joylanders along with the Chosen Ones.  Sunday morning at 10 a.m. will bring back the Joylanders and Chosen Ones with Jason Griggs of the Joylanders speaking.

Make plans to attend the festival. A freewill offering will be taken each session and there will be food service provided.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy some great music at the Manchester Music Festival.

Wanda Mountain Boys Release "Solid Gospel" 

The Wanda Mountain Boys are pleased to announce the release of their latest recording project entitled "Solid Gospel"  The CD features 8 never recorded songs by the Wanda Mountain Boys as well as refreshed recordings of 2 of the groups most popular songs, "Praise the Lord" and "Wrap Me In Your Arms", which was co-written by group members, Gary O'Neal and Rick Brown.

Also included on the project are three more songs written by lead singer, Gary O'Neal, "The Cause", "I'm Going Up", and "Call on the Wind" which was co-written with John Darin Rowsey. The group has recently been performing these new songs in their live concerts to great response.

The project was recorded at the Tune Room in Manchester, IL with Brady Reuter, formerly of the Chosen Ones. 

For more information on the Wanda Mountain Boys and to place your order for this brand new cd you can go to


Tickets Now On Sale for MAGMA 2014 

Tickets are now on sale for the 15th Annual Mid America Gospel Music Association Fall Convention.  The MAGMA convention has become one of the Midwest's most popular Southern Gospel Music events and features over 30 artists performing throughout the 3 day event. 

The convention is held at the state of the art Centene Center in Farmington, MO which features comfortable, theatre style seating.  Tickets are sold on a reserved seat basis.  For more info concerning tickets, please contact the Centene Center Ticket Office at 1-573-756-0900.


MAGMA Remembers Leeta Berry 

The MAGMA family would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Leeta Berry.  Leeta is the wife of Steve Berry and has been a part of our extended MAGMA family since it's inception 15 years ago. 

She has performed with the Berry Brothers through the years as well as being an active supporter of their ministry.

Steve Berry is the pastor of Saline Baptist Church in Minnith, MO and Leeta has played a major role in his ministry as pastor through the years.

She has fought  good fight and kept the faith and is now reaping her reward in Heaven with the one that she served for so many years.

Funeral arrangements for Leeta are as follows:

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 at the Basler Funeral Home in Ste. Genevieve, MO on Tuesday, August 5.

The funeral service will take place on Wednesday, August
6 at the 1st Baptist Church in Ste. Genevieve, MO.  The service will be at 11 a.m.

MAGMA Remembers Lloyd Durbin 

The Mid America Gospel Music Association would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Rev. Lloyd Durbin.  He is the patriarch of the Durbin Family who were charter performing members of the association.

The Durbins traveled extensively across the United States singing their smooth Southern Gospel harmonies. Rev. Durbin also has a rich history as a pastor in the Freewill Baptist denomination. Lloyd Durbin was known for his dry wit and booming bass voice.  He was often compared to the great George Younce, especially when he performed his signature song, "The Inward Man".  Lloyd Durbin is also the uncle of another of our MAGMA performing artists, the Berry Brothers.

Funeral arrangements for Rev. Lloyd Durbin are:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Follis Funeral Home - Fredericktown, MO


Wanda Mountain Boys to Perform with Magnify Ministries 

The Wanda Mountain Boys will be joining fellow artists, Bill Schell and YoungSong for an evening of Southern Gospel Music and ministry.  The concert will be held Saturday night, July 19 at the Roxana Community Center in Roxana, IL.  The concert will begin at 6 p.m.  There will be a freewill offering taken.

Each artist will be performing individually as well as joining their voices to sing praise and perform several of your favorite Southern Gospel songs

Calvin Jones Joins MAGMA Board 

MAGMA is proud to announce the addition of Calvin Jones to it's Board of Directors.  Calvin is a lifelong member of the Barry Jones Family, a legendary family in the Bluegrass Gospel field.  Calvin is a great musician and brings a great knowledge of Gospel Music to the board. 

"We are excited to make this addition to our board and believe that Calvin will prove to be a great asset" said MAGMA president, Gary O'Neal.   "We are looking forward to a long working relationship between he and the board.

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