• The Southern Illinois Gospel Sing – October 6

  • Date October 6
    Time 7pm
    Doors 6pm
    Ticket Prices $8 in advance
    Ticket Prices $10 at door
    Ages All Ages
  • The Gospel Messengers

    Gospel Messengers, consisting of father and sons, Bart, Dennis, & Daniel Southerd, will be appearing October 6 in Marion IL at The Marion Cultural and Civic Center.


    This family trio sings the most exciting material of yesteryear with exuberance and expertise. Such an extraordinary combination makes for a uniquely uplifting experience for all who attend their concerts.

    Gospel Messengers embarked on their mission to spread The Gospel of Jesus Christ through song in 2007. The boys were aged 9 and 6 at the time. Since then they have polished their craft extensively. Concise harmonies, energetic live music, a bit of humor, and songs of great spiritual meaning permeate each ministry opportunity. Visit them on Facebook or http://www.gospelmessengersministry.org


    The Redemptions

    The Redemptions are a vocal trio who have been sharing their blend of traditional, progressive and southern gospel music with the local church and weekend audiences for more than two decades. Based in the St. Louis Missouri area the group travels by invitation across denominational lines to present a clear vision of the GOSPEL.

    Their mission in concert is to create a sense of community that brings everyone together to a point where God can minister through music to the needs of those listening.

    Formed in 1990 the group consists of lead singer Jordan Palmer, alto Deb Griffin and baritone Kevin Womble.

  • The Wanda Mountain Boys

    In 2017, the Wanda Mountain Boys continue the tradition set forth by the founding members as they share their unique sound and style with congregations across Mid America.

    Gary O`Neal has assumed the managerial position for WMB as well as anchoring the group, singing lead. Gary has been involved in Gospel Music for more than 45 years and has sang with some of the Midwest`s most popular groups. He has traveled in full time ministry with the Brashears of Russellville, AR as well as being a founding member of the trio, Solid Gospel based out of St. Louis, MO. He is also an accomplished songwriter, having his songs recorded by such noted artists as the Lesters, the Dixie Echoes, the Dixie Melody Boys, the Melody Boys Qt., Solid Gospel, the Brashears, and the Chosen Ones. Gary currently serves as president of the Mid America Gospel Music Association, a position he has held since 2007.

    Singing tenor for the group is Rick Brown. Rick has been involved in Gospel Music for many years, having sung professionally with Naomi and the Segos and Coy Cook and the Premiers. During his time with the Premiers, Rick performed with Grand Ole Opry Star Billy Walker. Rick and Gary were founding members of Solid Gospel and traveled throughout the United States, releasing 6 national radio releases. Rick and Gary have written a number of songs together including WMB favorite, "Wrap Me In Your Arms". Rick has also written with noted songwriter, Daryl Williams. Their song, "This Ship Was Made to Sail" was included on the Perry`s 25th Anniversary CD. Before joining WMB, Rick was involved in evangelistic work, preaching and singing in prisons throughout the country and several foreign countries under the umbrella of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

    The newest member of WMB is Ron Mitchell, singing baritone. Ron has been involved in Gospel Music for over 50 years. Ron began his Gospel Music career at age 14 playing guitar for the Gospel Way Trio.  In his early 20's  he would help form the Gospel Echoes, a quartet that was well known in the Midwest.  He is best known as the lead singer and guitar player for the Bethelairs, with whom  he sang with for over 20 years.  Ron has  had a solo career for the last couple of years before joining WMB, and  has two CDs available, "I've Never Been Out of His Care", a vocal project and an instrumental project,"Familiar Favorites".  

    The group is currently gathering material for a new recording project to be released in 2017. In 2016, the group released the CD, titled "The Mission Continues", featuring several songs written by group members, Gary O'Neal and Rick Brown, and marked Clinton Everetts debut recording as a member of WMB.

    The Wanda Mountain Boys travel many miles singing traditional Southern Gospel Music. They desire to both uplift the Christian by sharing a positive message and a laugh or two as well as take the Gospel message to those who need to come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.