Above photo by Kathleen Kelly
Singer/songwriter, Donna Gentile performs pop, folk, Americana and Native American Spirit originals and covers. She belongs to the Conscious Music Movement — lyric-driven music to inspire peace, unity and positive social change. Donna believes that music is medicine. She started writing songs, singing and playing guitar during trauma and experienced profound healing. Today, she combines music with personal stories of triumph and humor to inspire others on their path to resiliency. There is a velvet, honey and rustic edge to Gentile’s sound. Audiences are moved by her rich vocals, inspirational stories, authentic delivery and upbeat melodies that haunt and hook. Gentile needs help funding her debut album and offers a system of rewards. To contribute or pre-order your CD visit: http://donnagentile.com/contribute.
Gentile grew up in Barkhamsted, CT with deep connections to nature, which come through in her songwriting. With Mom singing the blues away and Dad singing and playing guitar, mandolin and harmonica—music rooted itself in Donna’s young heart, but she lived much of her life not knowing she could sing or write songs. It wasn’t until 2006, after recording a birth song, that a vocal gift was revealed and Donna Gentile & The Human Element formed with Gentile as lead vocalist playing rhythm guitar. The band performed R&B, swing, Zydeco, rockabilly and roots music and featured seasoned musicians on bass, guitar, piano, lap steel, accordion, mandolin and drums.
Gentile went on to perform solo acoustic music at venues and events including Infinity Music Hall, Cheney Hall, Blueback Square, Mandell Jewish Community Center (with speaker, Meredith Baxter of Family Ties), Hope Out Loud Peace & Arts Festival, Legends Rock Bar, Northwest Park Nature Center, Lyceum Conference Center, Annual Walk for the Cure (WH) and numerous festivals, restaurants, coffee houses, farmer’s markets, benefits and house concerts.
In 2013, Infinity Music Hall selected Donna as a finalist in their quarterly Open Mic Big Stage competition. Two of Gentile’s songs have been published to date. This is Me is featured on The Thriver Workbook Companion CD (benefiting programs for victims of abuse) and on Friday Night at LaSalle’s compilation CD (benefiting Canton Community for Concern’s addiction recovery programs). River Song for Kira, inspired by American Indian tradition, was published in Voices Along the River: An Anthology of Nature Poems produced by the Connecticut DEP, Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Homestead Museum.
Gentile has performed Native American Spirit music at pow wows in New England including The Annual Daniel Nimham Pow Wow Honoring Veterans (August in Carmel, NY), Golden Hill Paugussett Pow Wow (September in Goshen, CT) and Wolf Den Pow Wow (October in Pomfret, CT).
Gentile can be hired as an opening act or headliner and performs as a solo acoustic artist, duo or trio. November, 2014 marked the beginning for recording Gentile’s debut album. She runs a crowd-funding campaign with a system of rewards and welcomes contributions to help with recording and production. To contribute, visit: donnagentile.com/contribute.
Press Kit — One-page PDF
“I was listening to your songs and every one of them pulled me away – out of where I sit – falling into the song – Just like magic… I love your songwriting. It reveals a truth about life, as all good poetry does. Let me know when you get anything new.”
— Mark Gruebel, ReverbNation Fan | Mukwonago, WI
“One of Connecticut’s all time treasures. A rare talent with a powerful, rich and unique vintage country voice. You won’t want to leave.”
— James Copeland, former “Jonh Lennon” of Abbey Road and writer of “Cold Steel” published by The Marshall Tucker Band
“A diamond in the rough!”
— Nicole Cassarino Conlon, DFX Entertainment