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"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!!!!

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.





Mid America Gospel Music Festival a Success 

The Mid America Gospel Music Association recently hosted a two night event in conjunction with New Life of Hope Ministries and several sponsors from the West Plains community. The event was held at the state of the art West Plains Civic Center and featured 6 of MAGMA’s member artists, the Redemptions, Final Authority, Crimson Gold, Wanda Mountain Boys, New Horizons and One Voice.

This is the third year for the event and it has shown great growth from year one. Friday night’s concert drew nearly 80% capacity with Saturday nights concert near 90%.

Plans are being made for the 2015 Festival which will feature a few familiar faces as well as several MAGMA artists who will be making their first appearance at the festival.

Special thanks go out to our team in West Plains who head up the effort, Beverly Broyles and Ron Budd. These two are an invaluable asset to our efforts to expand the MAGMA brand. Thanks also to Dan Duncan, manager of the local Christian television station in West Plains for his help and for doing a live 35 minute interview with the Wanda Mountain Boys and MAGMA president, Gary O’Neal to help promote the event.

Several local churches hosted all of the performers over the weekend in their Sunday services. The West Plains Community has embraced the association in a great way and we look forward to even bigger things in the area in the future.

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
.

 

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
.

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.


 
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