Welcome to the Western States Gospel Music Association
Welcome to the Western States Gospel Music Association website! We appreciate you stopping by and would like to hear from you. If you have any comments or questions please use the information on the Contact Page and we will be in touch.
The WSGMA exists to extend the acceptance, influence and use of traditional gospel music in churches throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona. Through the responsible, professional, positive and sensitive use of our talents and resources, we are determined to spread the gospel of Christ to uplift and encourage believers, and witness to those that are hurting.
There is information here on all of the Artists that make up the WSGMA. If you are an artist or a promoter looking to be connected with a Southern Gospel association, we hope you look us over and contact us.
The Western States Gospel Music Association is proud to present two annual concert events. In Southern California, our Spring Sing is held on the third Saturday of May. Then, in September, on Labor Day, we have our Labor Day Celebration in California's Central Valley.
One of the reasons the WSGMA exists is to 'promote' Southern Gospel music through concert events. Besides participating in them, many of the association Artists host concert events themselves throughout the year. Many times, these Artist concerts feature each other, local talent and full time Southern Gospel Artists that travel the nation.
Please visit our Artists page to learn more about their ministries and upcoming events. We hope you will be a part of one or more of these concert events and experience some of the best music heard on the West Coast. Do yourself a favor and check them out... and bring a friend!!
A message from the WSGMA
Our dear friend, Chaplain and founding member of the Western States Gospel Music Association, Reverend Dick Hilleary went home to glory. What was his eternal hope is now his eternal reality. As we mourn his passing, Heaven rejoices because the cross of Calvary, the blood of Christ has once again triumphed over death, hell and the grave. As the old hymn says, Pastor Dick is 'Safe in the Arms of Jesus'. The following is an excerpt of an email sent to the current members of the WSGMA.
Dear WSGMA Members,
I received a phone call today that I knew would come but it is still unexpected. Our Chaplain, Reverend Dick Hilleary, went home to Heaven this afternoon at 3:15 PM. Heartfelt thanks for all the prayer and support were expressed by his family.
I’ll never forget the day I met Pastor Dick; it seemed to be just yesterday. The Holy Spirit drew my attention to a distinguished gentleman sitting near the stage at the Modesto Junior College Auditorium on Labor Day 2009. I am so glad I got to know Pastor Dick and for his influence in my life. I will always remember his emphasis on ministering in the ‘power of the Holy Spirit’. He referenced it every time he spoke to us at our annual events. I am glad to say that his legacy will live on in all of us as we endeavor to continue what he started back in the early eighties, the Western Gospel Association, now known as the Western States Gospel Music Association.
Please feel free to help spread the word of our dear friends’ passing. So many throughout our State and genre of gospel music will want to learn this news. Currently, there are no plans for any services due to our current pandemic situation. However, when I do hear what may take place, I will pass on the information.
Immediate Past President
Western States Gospel Music Association
From Reverend Herb Henry, 'The Herb Henry Family'
"In the passing of Rev. Dick Hilleary, our world has lost a giant of a man, whose life has made a lasting imprint on all who knew him. As a charter and founding member of the Western States Gospel Music Association, he most effectively served as a guiding light, being our chaplain and counselor. His presence among us always emanated the Christ who lived within him, demonstrating both the authority and dignity of a Moses, and the love and tenderness of a John. Without question, he elevated us to a level we would have never known, had he not been such a part of our lives. May our Blessed Lord honor and reward him according to his faithful devotion to his divine calling. We will all treasure his memory and look forward to our reunion in "Sweet Beulah Land."
Western States Gospel Music Association