MAGMA Welcomes New Legacy to Performance Roster 

The board of directors of the Mid America Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce the addition of New Legacy to their roster of performing artists. New Legacy comes to us from Bloomington, IL. 

New Legacy features a Bluegrass style  of Gospel Music and is lead by group manager, Nathan Gates.  He is joined by wife, Rachel, his father, Craig along with Robert Hauser and his daughter Kemedy. 

New Legacy's roots run deep in Gospel Music as Nathan, Rachel and Craig traveled for many years with the Gates Family.  This is a new chapter in the family's music ministry.  

For more information about New Legacy or to hear their music, visit them at http://newlegacymusic.com.

Ascension Qt. Welcomes Derrick Newmam 


We're excited to announce the addition of Derrick Newman to The Ascension Quartet. Derrick will be filling the baritone position. 

Derrick began singing as a young boy in the church where he grew up in Sikeston, MO. Upon moving to Lebanon, MO in 1998, he continued to serve God by singing specials and being a member of their local church choir. Derrick enjoys playing the piano and singing with his children. He currently resides in Lebanon, MO with his wife, Kelly, and four children. 

We welcome Derrick, Kelly, and their family to The Ascension Quartet family.

Gospel Messengers Reach National Chart 


Longtime MAGMA members “Gospel Messengers” are excited to share their first major success on the national stage. The month of May saw a great convention song “I Walk With Jesus Each Day” become the # 57 song in all of gospel music on The Singing News radio play charts. The studio cut is available on: Itunes, CdBaby, Amazon, and gospelmessengersministry.org. This song was arranged by Dennis and Daniel with the latter completing his first album-length studio appearance on the bass guitar! 

Each member of Gospel Messengers is thrilled with the song’s reach and grateful for it’s nationwide impact. More so than the gift, we thank the Giver who not only gave his life as a ransom for sin, rose from the grave to give his sacrifice power, but does indeed walk with us daily! The question becomes: Will we walk with Him? This message goes out with many thanks to members of MAGMA who have encouraged us through the years and a hope for mutual prayer as we attempt to lift up the name of Jesus through our respective ministries.



2018 MAGMA Lifetime Achievement Awards Presented 
















The Mid America Gospel Music Association recently presented their Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 19th Annual Gospel Music Jubilee.  The association recognized both Fred Church and Stanley Jones for their many years of dedicated service to Southern Gospel Music.

Fred Church formed his group, the Spirituals in 1966 and they were a major force in the Gospel Music scene in the Midwest for many years.  The legendary Jake Hess traveled with Fred and the group for a year prior to the formation of the Masters V.  The group continues to do selected dates throughout Missouri and Illinois.

Stanley Jones began  his musical journey with his family group in the 1950s.  For over 60 years, he has been a leader in the Gospel Music community and has traveled throughout the United States with his group, the Stanley Jones Singers.  He currently sings with three of his brothers and continues to perform as the Brothers.

We are honored to recognize these two great men for all they have done and continue to do to  share the Gospel in song.

Lineup For 2018 MAGMA Gospel Music Jubilee 

Friday, November 2

The Heritage Boys

Marilyn Berry

United  Voice

The Berry Brothers

The Chosen Ones

Wanda Mountain Boys

Lifetime Achievement Award

Fred Church and the Spirituals

The Tindall Family and Friends

Andy Russell

The Redemptions

Punches Family

Kevin Kappler 

The Rices


Saturday, November 3

Keystone Voices

Covenant Quartet

Crimson River

Karen Carr

The Lesters

Ascension Quartet

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Brothers

Becky Lercher

New Horizons

Gateway Sound

Carol Sanguinette-How


Barry Jones Family

Gospel Messengers

Keystone Voices Release "Every Praise" 

Keystone Voices is delighted to share their first full-length album entitled Every Praise. In 2016 they released a 5 song EP which was a taste of what was to come. They enhanced the initial recording and added another 5 songs to complete the project. With everything being arranged, recorded, and produced by Micah in his home studio, the group was able to spend a lot of time together editing and perfecting each song while also sharing many laughs along the way. The group is partial to song number 7 which is an A cappella piece named “The Walls”, which is their updated version of the classic, “The Walls Came Tumbling Down”. 

The title track for the CD is “Every Praise” which talks about every aspect of our lives being used to praise the King. Each song reflects the mission of Keystone Voices and you will love their harmony and unique arrangements. Help support their ministry by purchasing your copy at an upcoming concert or by contacting them directly on their website at www.keystonevoices.com

Micah, Courtney, Rachel, and Daniel’s main goal through Keystone Voices is to invite others to worship Jesus along with them as they bring joy to audiences through their music; there is no better way of experiencing that joy than through this wonderful new album. Order your copy of “Every Praise” today and begin praising our King along with them. As 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”.

Gateway Sound Releases "Heaven On Earth" 

"Heaven On Earth’", a brand new song penned by accomplished and nationally recognized writers Barbara Huffman and Dianne Wilkinson, is the title song of Gateway Sound’s new CD project released in late August. The group is truly grateful to Barbara Huffman for her encouragement in sharing this new song. This is the second CD release by Gateway Sound (GS) in just two years. 

The project presents a wide variety of gospel music. There are fresh, new sounds for GS like "God’s Gonna Move" and "Count Me In" as well as more traditional quartet numbers such as "I’m Free Again,", written in 1948, and "I’m Going There".  It also includes the familiar "Put Your Hand In the Hand".  The song "Little Is Much (if God Is in It)",  is recorded a capello in four-part quartet harmony. The CD also contains southern gospel classics "I Know A Man Who Can" and "What A Lovely Name". Finally, the 10-song project includes the popular Oak Ridge Boys tune "Thank God for Kids" arranged by Gateway Sound with additional lyrics by group member Vernon Bradley. 

To purchase the new CD simply send a note to Gateway Sound, P.O. Box 192, Eureka, MO 63025. Be sure to include the address where the CD should be mailed and a $15.00 check made payable to Gateway Sound. 

To learn more about Gateway Sound, schedule a booking and see the group’s itinerary visit the GS website – www.gatewaysoundquartet.com


Hampton Inn Farmington To Offer Discounts for MAGMA 

Hampton Inn and Suites in Farmington is offering special discounted rates for the 2018 Gospel Music Jubilee.  The event will be Friday Nov. 2 and Sat. Nov. 3 at the Centene Center in Farmington, MO.

The discounted rates are for 2 queen beds for just $89 per night. You can get this rate by calling the direct line at 1 573- 760-8700 and requesting the special MAGMA rate.





Wanda Mountain Boys Release "It's Worth It All" 

The Wanda Mountain Boys are pleased to announce the release  of their latest CD project, "It's Worth It All".  This is the first recording for the group featuring their new vocal lineup as a quartet.  It marks the return of founder and baritone singer, Claude Johnson, and their newest addition, singing bass, David Jenkins.

The CD features 10 new songs from WMB, including two original songs written by group member, Gary O'Neal, "Scarlet River" and "Jesus Loves Us One and All".  

The CD is available on the group's website store at www.wandamountainboys.com.

Vocals for this project were produced at the Tune Room in Manchester, IL, by Brady Rueter and original music tracks were produced by Corey Pearson of the Diplomats Qt. in Bremen, GA.  Graphic work supplied by Scott and Mariah Lomelino at Beacon Hill Media in Manchester, IL.


"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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