"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!!!!

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.

The Chosen Ones Release "There's a Purpose" 

June 19th, 2014-  The Chosen Ones from Manchester, IL have released their new CD "There's a Purpose".  Mike and Melanie Rueter formed the group in 1974 and now 40 years later, and three generations strong, they continue to travel the U.S. carrying the straight forward message of the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

As seasons come and seasons go, God still has a purpose in each day.  That is the message you will hear in the title song of their new CD release.  The project has a variety of new music, hymns of the church and rebirthed favorites from past ministry years. 

You can order their new CD online at
www.thechosenones.org  or email their offices at info@thechosenones.org.

The Chosen Ones are members of the Mid America Gospel Music Association and are featured each year at the organizations annual convention.


MAGMA Welcomes the Harper Family 

The Mid America Gospel Music Association is excited to announce the addition of the Harper Family to it's roster of performing artists.  This exciting Bluegrass Gospel family is from Bunker, MO and consists of Gaylon and Katrina Harper and son's, Dalton, Dillon along with his wife Makeena, and daughter, Hannah.

The Harper Family have garnered national attention and recently had the number 2 song on Les Butler's Front Porch Fellowship charts with their song "Salt and Light".

 2014 will mark the groups first appearance on the MAGMA convention.   For more information or to book the Harpers contact:

Gaylon Harper

The Harper Family
P.O. Box 53
Bunker, MO  63629


Home- 573-689-2005

Cell- 573-247-4374


Davis Family to Host Homecoming Concert 

The Davis Family invite you to join them for their homecoming concert on June 22, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Villa Ridge.  For more information concerning this exciting event, contact the Davis Family at 636-583-4772 or 636-221-8706.

MAGMA Welcomes the Goulds 

The Mid America Gospel Music Association is excited to announce the addition of the Goulds to their roster of performing artists.  The Goulds are a family trio based out of Joplin,  MO.  The group consists of father, Tim Gould, and daughters Kelsey and Christa.

The Goulds have garnered national attention, performing at such places as Silver Dollar City and on the NQC main stage in 2013.  They are available for booking through the Signature Artist Agency, Inc.  For more info about the Goulds go to www.gouldsmusic.com. To book the Goulds contact:
Duanne Garren
Signature Artists Agency, Inc

The Redemptions Welcome Jordan Palmer 


April 24, 2014 - We're happy to announce that Jordan Palmer has joined the Redemptions as our new lead/baritone.  Jordan is a talented singer and musician who has spent the last few years singing lead and tenor with the Ascension Quartet from Lebanon Missouri.  He and his wife Meredith along with their new baby girl Claire make their home in Sullivan Missouri. Please join us in welcoming Jordan to the ministry.

Justin Hoagland Leaves the Road 


 April 13, 2014- , After 15 great years our baritone, Justin Hoagland, has tendered his resignation from the Redemptions. With the demands of a growing family and career, Justin felt the time was right to step away.
Although we are saddened as a ministry by the loss of a good friend, singer and "little" brother, we're happy to support him in this next chapter in his life.  Please keep Justin and the Redemptions in your prayers as we embark on this time of transition.

MAGMA Remembers Martha Warren 

The Mid America Gospel Music Association is saddened to announce the passing of one our legendary Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Mrs. Martha Warren.  Sister Martha was a favorite among MAGMA fans and spent a large portion of her life both singing and preaching the Gospel.  She and her late husband Gene Warren had the Glorylanders for many years and traveled extensively across the United States singing and holding revivals. 

Sister Martha served on the board of directors of MAGMA for many years and was very influential in the early stages and growth of the association.

Sister Martha's funeral arrangements are as follows.  Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at the Fey Funeral Home in South St. Louis County.  The funeral home is at the corner of Lemay Ferry Rd. and Lindbergh across from the Macaroni Grill and J.C. Penneys.  The funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

Please join the MAGMA family as we mourn the loss of this great lady of Gospel Music.  Continue to remember the family of Sister Martha in your prayers.


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