Duanne Garren to Emcee 2013 Convention
Duanne Garren has been added to the 2013 Mid America Gospel Music Association Convention as Master of Ceremonies. Garren is one of Southern Gospel Music's most sought after emcees and is an avid promoter and supporter of the genre. Duanne emcees many of the top Southern Gospel concerts in the country including the Fall Festival of Gospel Music at Meremac Caverns and Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic. He also serves on the board of directors of the highly anticipated Memphis Quartet Show.
Along with emceeing this years convention, Duanne will be promoting the weekend at all of his live events and in his publication, the Gospel Gab.
Duanne Garren should prove to be a positive addition to an already exciting weekend.
Make plans to attend the MAGMA Convention on November 7-9 at the Centene Center in Farmington, MO.
Ralph Green Benefit Concert a Huge Success
April 26, 2013 was a special night for Southern Gospel Music lovers in the Farmington, MO area as they gathered at 1st Baptist Church of Delassus to pay tribute and financially help Gospel Music legend, Ralph Green.
Although the weather didn’t seem to want to cooperate, the audience filled the church and from the opening welcome and prayer from Pastor Schrum, the Holy Spirit was evident. Guest emcee, Duanne Garren introduced local favorites, Final Authority and they hit the stage with a powerful performance which set the bar high for the groups that would follow.
One Voice, the smooth trio from Marion, IL was up next and their progressive Southern Gospel style maintained the pace that had been set. One Voice were responsible for helping to put the evening together along with Kevin Beckett of Final Authority and Kevin Womble of the Redemptions.
The Redemptions took to the stage exciting the crowd with their always exciting vocals and were the only quartet on the program for the evening. The crowd was ready for some good bass singing and Eric Walker delivered. The Redemptions did their usual knock out job.
Duanne Garren introduced Claude Johnson of the Wanda Mountain Boys and he came to the stage to share some memories and history of the career of the guest of honor, Ralph Green. Ralph was helped to the stage to a big ovation and was joined by former Victory Quartet members, Johnson and John Moody along with Eric Walker to have an impromptu reunion which thrilled those in attendance.
As Ralph left the stage, it was time for the love offering and Duanne Garren shared some special thoughts about the needs that Ralph and Mary Green were facing due to hospital and other medical bills. The final total was announced at the end of the evening and it was obvious that those in attendance loved Ralph Green as the offering was outstanding.
The final group of the night was the Wanda Mountain Boys. WMB did a couple of songs with their tracks and then headed around the piano to share some songs from their new project, “Back to Basics”. This was the first time for WMB at 1st Baptist and they were well received by the crowd.
Ralph and Mary Green were overwhelmed by the response of the people and his emotions were running high as he accepted the monetary gift. Afterwards, the groups gathered at Ralph’s favorite restaurant, Steak and Shake and the fun began as Ralph began to share road stories, It was great to see Ralph laughing and having a great time as the younger generation hung on every word.
Please continue to pray for Ralph and Mary Green as they go through this time of trial in their life.
Funeral Arrangements for Dee Ozment
We are saddened to announce the passing of Mr. Dee Ozment, founding member of the Glorylanders Quartet and father/father in-law of MAGMA performing members, Rindy and Justin Nehrkorn. Dee and Dianne Ozment were presented the MAGMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 for their contributions in Southern Gospel Music in the Midwest region.
Lyle Dee Ozment, 71 of Pittsburg, passed away at 6:55 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at his home with his wife by his side.
Funeral services for Mr. Ozment will be held at Heartland Christian Church in Marion at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 23, 2013 with Rev.'s Tim Ozment, Jim Lambert and Gary Clark officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Paulton. There will be two separate visitations held; Friday, March 22, 2013 from 5-9 PM at Blue Funeral Home in Marion and Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 11 AM- 1 PM at the church. Memorial donations are suggested to the donor's choice. Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dee was born in Williamson County to Oral & Mabel (Handkins) Ozment on Friday, September 5, 1941. On Friday, May 31, 1963 he married Dianne Rogers on Johnston City at the Freewill Baptist Church. They were just shy of reaching their Golden Anniversary.
Mr. Ozment is survived by his loving wife, Dianne; children, Robyn & Joseph Liska, IV of New Port Richey, FL, Rindy & Justin Nehrkorn of Marion and Richard & Ashleigh Ozment of Marion; grandchildren, Joseph Liska, V, Marleigh Dianne Ozment and Maximus Dee Ozment; siblings, Janet McCoy of Lake of Egypt and Alan & Katie Ozment of Collinsville; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Dee was preceded in death by his parents, Oral & Mabel; siblings, Donald Ozment and Vivian Hoffman.
Mr. Ozment retired from a career in education after 41 years. He served as teacher, principal, superintendent and mentor to countless students throughout the community. Dee was also President of the Williamson County Retired Teachers Association.
Mr. Ozment enjoyed playing and singing Gospel music, which lead him to becoming a founding member of Glorylanders Quartet. The group was established in 1959 and still travels and performs today. Dee was also President of the Illinois State Quartet Convention, now in its 44th year. He was a member and music director of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and Oasis Community Church of the Nazarene.
Dee was a devoted husband and father who loved his family, and especially his grandchildren.
MAGMA Welcomes the McCunes to Performing Roster
The board of directors of MAGMA is excited to announce the addition of the McCunes to the 2013 roster of performers. This ladies trio from Southwest Missouri should prove to be a great addition to an already impressive list of performers. !
Singing Gospel Music and being involved in church activities has been something the McCunes (sisters Teresa McCune-Perkins, Toni McCune-Clark, and Micki McCune-Garren), have been doing since they were born, literally!
Hailing from the Mid-Missouri town of Mountain Grove, these siblings grew up in a pastor’s home and were in church every time the doors were open. Their parents taught them at an early age about the love of God and His saving grace. Gospel Music just happens to be the way they share this message.
Traveling and singing evolved from revival work and all day singings. Now The McCunes travel across Mid-America singing at churches, fairs, festivals, and community events.
2012 Lifetime Achievement Videos Now Online
Relive the 2012 MAGMA Lifetime Achievement Awards by going to the awards page and clicking on the links. Alan Berry and Carroll McGruder were the recipients of this year's awards and the award videos were a highlight of the convention. Many of the MAGMA artists joined together to do a tribute medley of 6 of Carroll McGruder's most popular songs which is included in the 21 minute award video.
Join us next November to see who the 2013 class will be.
One Voice Releases "Love Worth Dying For"
One Voice, the exciting trio from Marion, IL has recently released their newest recording project, “Love Worth Dying For”. This marks their fourth recording project and is their best to date. Produced by E. T. Everett, the project was recorded at 3ABN Studios in Marion, IL. Tim Parton was the session leader on the project.
The 11 song project features brand new material for the group, including “I Love to Walk and Talk With My Lord” which was written by fellow MAGMA artist, Janice Crow.
One Voice debuted their new project on a recent Florida tour and has received great reviews. Brian, Deon and Matt are enjoying sharing the new music at their concerts and Gospel Music fans are reacting positively to the new material.
For more information on One Voice and to order this new project you can contact them at:
Karen Carr Releases New CD Project
MAGMA performing artist, Karen Carr has recently released a brand new recording project, "Face to Face". Karen also wrote the majority of the songs on the project which was recorded at Master's Touch Productions and produced by Karen Carr and Dave Lubbers.
Karen is a long time member of the Mid America Gospel Music Association and is excited about this new project. The title song, "Face to Face" is based on a poem by an anonymous writer and the tune was added by Karen. Several other MAGMA artists were involved in the production of the project adding their musical and vocal talents.
For more information about Karen Carr or to order her new project, you can contact her at:
TV 50 Hosts WMB and The Lesters Live Taping
TV 50 of Alton, IL will be hosting a live concert taping on Wednesday night, December 5,2012 at the River of Life Church. The church is located at 3401 Fosterburg Road in Alton, IL. The concert will start at 7 p.m.
The evening concert will feature the Wanda Mountain Boys and the Lesters, the River of Life Praise Team and the host for the evening, Fred Church. Also appearing will be the Harmons.
The doors will open at 6 p.m. For more information about the concert you may contact:
tv50television (618) 463-5757
Update On David Davis Cancer Treatment
The following is from David's wife Rosemary.
On November 9, David will go to Barnes Hospital as an outpatient to begin getting growth factor injections for stem cells. On the 12th, he will have a central line placement put in to use throughout the treatment. As soon as they have collected enough cells for two transplants (one they can freeze for up to 10 years) he will go in the hospital for three weeks. The first few days are scary because his immune system drops to 0 and then they do the transplant. The last week he has to stay in a hotel attached to the hospital so he can be watched very carefully. Then he can come home and stay in for another 3-4 weeks. He will likely lose his hair but they assured him it would grow back & maybe it will be black again!!
We earnestly ask for all your prayers. So far he has gone through the treatments better than expected, although still it's a lot to deal with. He hasn't been able to work since June and even before that the symptoms slowed him down a lot. He will probably not be able to work until at least February, if then. As you can imagine, the financial burden has been astronomical! So, we ask that you pray for those needs too. We are selling some sound equipment if anyone is interested (636 583 4772).
Sorry we'll miss the convention this year. We will miss seeing everyone.
Becky Lercher Releases “Walking By Faith”
Becky Lercher is excited to announce the release of her seventh solo recording project titled "Walking By Faith".
Produced and arranged by Ginger Lester Pitchers and Tim Parton along with engineer Ronnie Brookshire, this recording is sure to encourage Christians to continue "Walking By Faith".
You are sure to be touched by one of the different varieties of songs. There are 12 songs written by great songwriters, including "Forgiven" written by Dave Williford, "Thank You For the Rain" written by Mark Mathes and "Then Came Sunday" written by Lee Black and David L. Hanvelt, just to name a few.
Becky's prayer is that this recording will touch the hearts and lives of people as they continue "Walking By Faith".