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Magma 2018

MAGMA Summer Jubilee Coming to Granite City 

The Mid America Gospel Music Association is coming to Granite City, IL on Saturday evening, July 28. Crimson River of Hampton, IL is partnering with Tri City Assembly of God to bring an evening of Southern Gospel Music to the Metro East.   

Tri City Assembly of God is located at 3400 Maryville Rd. in Granite City. The concert will be at 6:00 p.m.  There will be no admission charge for the concert but a freewill offering will be taken.  Featured artists for the evening will be our host, Crimson River along with fellow MAGMA performing artists, Keystone Voices of St. Louis, Gateway Sound Quartet of Eureka, MO and The Wanda Mountain Boys of Herculaneum, MO.   

Mark your calendars for Saturday night, July 28, 2018 and make plans for an exciting evening of Gospel Music presented by the artists of the Mid America Gospel Music Association.

Ron Mitchell Departs Wanda Mountain Boys 

It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of Ron Mitchell from the Wanda Mountain Boys.  Those of you that  have followed the group through the years have come to love Ron and have accepted  him into our Wanda Mountain Boy family.  The past year has been a difficult battle for Ron as he has had several health issues to deal with. 

It has become increasingly difficult for him to travel as his leg injury has been slow in healing after he took a fall back  in March, injuring the Femur nerve. Recent tests show that there may be more damage than they initially thought and his recovery prognosis has been extended out to 8 more months to a year. 

Ron and the group feel that it is best for him to take the time to heal and recover.  The added strain of keeping a heavy road schedule has made it difficult to keep up the rehabilitation schedule necessary. 

As we always say, once a Wanda Mountain Boy always a Wanda Mountain Boy.  We look forward to ministering with Ron when  possible and ask that you keep him in your prayers.  Ron is by no way finished with his musical ministry and is looking ahead to future opportunities.

Ron will be replaced in the group by former WMB baritone, Claude Johnson who is coming out of retirement.  He will begin filling dates with us immediately.  We look forward to what God  has in store for WMB.  

Wanda Mountain Boys Welcome David Jenkins 


The Wanda Mountain Boys are pleased to announce the addition of David Jenkins, singing bass. Dave has been away from the Gospel Music scene for a few years but many will remember him from his days with Golden Street Quartet and Higher Power Qt. 

“This has been a three year journey to get us to this point.” stated group manager and lead singer, Gary O’Neal. “Dave approached us almost three years ago about singing with us and at the time, we were going through a major transition in the group.” “The timing just wasn’t right for us, as we found ourselves looking for a replacement for Claude Johnson, who retired from the group.” 

“Over the past 3 years, we have re-establlished ourselves both vocally and financially and it has allowed us the opportunity to take on another member.” O’Neal stated. “ Adding a bass singer is like adding icing to a cake.” “ We first had to bake the cake” he joked. 

David and his wife Terri are a welcome addition to the Wanda Mountain Boys family and he is already receiving glowing reviews from followers of the group. 

“We asked Dave to come to a concert and listen to see if he was still interested” “We had him do a couple of songs with us and the response was immediate.” said O’Neal. “ I gave him 3 CDs and told him to listen and we would get back together in a couple of weeks and see how it was going.” “He showed up and did the entire concert with us, having learned the entire new recording” 

The Wanda Mountain Boys have returned to their roots as a quartet. They are currently picking songs for a new CD project which will showcase the new sound of the group. 

The group is currently taking bookings for 2018 as they finish up a busy 2017. Make sure to come and join the Wanda Mountain Boys in a concert near you.

WMB To Sing in Waverly 

Pastor Glen Gobel and the New Hope Southern Baptist Church are excited to announce plans for their upcoming Homecoming Picnic.  The event will take place at the Waverly Town Square in Waverly, IL on Sunday afternoon, September 17 at  12:00 p.m.  Food will be available at the concession stands and the concert will begin at 12:30.

Featured artists at the event will be the Wanda Mountain Boys, Fred Church and the Spirituals and a reunion of some of the former Wanda Mountain Boys (Classic Wanda Mountain Boys), Claude Johnson, Glen Gobel and Gary O'Neal.

This will be an exciting afternoon of Gospel Music.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a nice fall afternoon of Gospel Music in Waverly, IL.

MAGMA Artists to Headline Southern IL Gospel Sing 


The Wanda Mountain Boys are joining with The Gospel Messengers and the Redemptions to bring the Mid America Gospel Music Association to Marion, Illinois.  This will be a fun evening of Gospel Music.  Tickets are on sale now.  It's gonna be fun.  It's a Gospel Thing!!!!!

Wanda Moutain Boys Release "Christ Is the One" 

The Wanda Mountain Boys have just released their latest CD project, "Christ Is the One".  This new recording is the first to feature the group's newest addition, baritone singer, Ron Mitchell.  The project contains 10 new songs from the St. Louis area based trio. 

Each of the group's members contributed songs to the project.  Ron is featured on his song, "What A Day of Glory".  Rick and Gary co wrote the song "Strike Up the Band" and Gary is featured on the lead.  "You Don't Need the Troubled Waters Anymore" features and was written by Rick Brown. 

You will be blessed by the songs on this project.  Bill Schell has written a powerful song, performed by WMB, "I'll Pray for You".  The Daryl Williams and Jerry Salley song,  "Empty Benches", will take you back to days gone by, especially if you grew up in a rural church.   

Visit the Wanda Mountain Boys website at www.wandamountainboys.com to order your copy today.  

MAGMA Announces Dates For 2017 Convention 

The Board of Directors of the Mid America Gospel Music Association are happy announce the dates for their 18th Annual Convention.  The two day event will take place at the Centene Center in Farmington, MO on Friday and Saturday, November 3-4.  The event will feature many of the Midwest's favorite Gospel artists.

Ticket for the event will be only $5.00 and a freewill offering will be taken each night for those who wish to contribute to help further MAGMA.

Make plans now to take a long weekend and  join us for some great Southern Gospel Music.

WMB To Co Host MAGMA Event In Marion 


The Wanda Mountain Boys are pleased to announce a joint promotion with our good friends, The Redemptions and the Gospel Messengers.  The three Mid America Gospel Music Association performing artists have joined together to bring MAGMA to Marion, IL.  Friday night, Oct. 6, 2017 will mark the associations inaugural event in Southern Illinois.

The Mid America Gospel Music Association represents over 30 of the Midwest's favorite Southern, Bluegrass and Country Gospel artists and host an annual 3 night convention in Farmington, MO on the first Thurs- Sat of November.

Details concerning ticket prices are to follow.  Tickets will be available at the Marion Civic Center Box office at 1-618-997-4030.  The Marion Cultural and Civic Center is a state of the art performing arts center that  hosts many concerts both Christian and Secular throughout the year. The three groups are excited to represent the MAGMA brand for the first time in the Marion area.



Wanda Mountain Boys Welcome Ron Mitchell 

The Wanda Mountain Boys are excited to announce the addition of Ron Mitchell to their vocal lineup.  Ron will join the group, singing baritone.

Ron has been involved in Gospel Music for nearly fifty years, making his first recording at age 14. He has sung with prominent Midwest groups, the Gospel Echoes and the Bethelairs. He has recently been involved in a solo ministry. Not only is Ron an accomplished vocalist but is an excellent guitar player. His first memory of playing guitar was at age 5.  WMB plans to incorporate his musicianship into their live performances. 

Ron has two CDs available, a vocal cd, "I've Never Been Out of His Care", as well as an instrumental project, "Familiar Favorites".

Group manager, Gary O'Neal will move back to the lead  position that was filled  by Clinton Everetts.  Ron's rich baritone voice will be a great addition to the groups overall sound.

"Clinton has been a blessing and wonderful addition to the group for the past 1 1/2 years." stated O'Neal.  "He will certainly be missed."  "We are very excited about this new chapter in his and Tressa's life and understand the desire to be home with his wife and new baby,"  "We are also very excited to welcome Ron and his wife, Sherry, to the Wanda Mountain Boys family and look forward to what God  has in store for us in the coming months and years.

Clint will remain with WMB through the remainder of 2016, finishing out the year on New Years Eve at the Bethalto Church of God.  We  hope to introduce Ron at some of our concerts prior to Clint's leaving as we prepare for the transition.

Gary O'Neal was presented the MAGMA Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017.  Presented on November 3, 2017.

Gary O'Neal was presented the MAGMA Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017. Presented on November 3, 2017.

Wanda Mountain Boys music now available for digital download at CDBaby.

Wanda Mountain Boys music now available for digital download at CDBaby.

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