Photo courtesy Richard Killian.

About the Music

Donna sings originals and roots covers with a rich, vintage voice and percussive rhythm guitar style. Think upbeat, heart-felt, playful, deep and soulful Americana, folk and Native spirit-inspired. She has had profound medicine music come through after praying to ancestors as well as tunes to help process emotions and take back her power as she journeyed through parenting, domestic violence and remembering her Soul connection, purpose and how to live freely and fully.

River Song for Kira — Native-inspired Song for Gentle Birthing

Donna Gentile Performing "River Song for Kira" from David Ames on Vimeo.

In Cherokee and/or Cheyenne tradition, women take pregnant mothers to sacred space and ask the unborn child and Creator to bring forth a song for gentle birthing. The mother sings the song to the baby in her belly during pregnancy and again at birth, which comforts the baby and eases the transition from womb to the world. Later in life, when the child is older, and if that child strays and gets into trouble or loses his or her way, the youth is invited back home where the tribe makes a circle around them and sings their birth song in an effort to bring that relative back home to his or her roots, connection and knowing.

During pregnancy, Gentile prayed to ancestors for medicine. She visited a sacred site along the Farmington River in Connecticut for several days over the span of a few weeks, immersed her belly into the river and asked Creator and the unborn baby to bring forth a birth song to help with the trauma that mother and child were enduring throughout pregnancy. River Song For Kira was born. It is a sacred song to be shared.

Above photo of Kira Gentile by Donna Gentile.

Crossing Over — Honor Song to Give Our Loved Ones Wings

When Donna’s father (Fred Gentile) was home on hospice, She prayed to ancestors for medicine to help him change worlds and received a teaching by Tecumseh called “Life Your Life,” which she read to her father. Tecumseh is Shawnee.

In the teaching, Tecumseh states —

“Prepare a noble death song for the day you go over the Great Divide… and sing that song like a hero marching home.”

Gentile told her Dad she would write him such a song. Then realizing the depth of the promise, she prayed to ancestors for medicine. Crossing Over came through just three days before Fred passed, and Donna was able to sing it to him before his Soul took flight. She was also guided by Great Spirit to do a sacred stone ceremony with her Dad in which she instructed him to put medicine for family members into river stones. The Eagle and rock medicine made their way into the song. Crossing Over is an honor song that is meant to give our loved ones wings.

Photo collage of Fred Gentile and Eagle by sister Betsy Gentile.

Heritage

Donna’s mother is Irish, Lithuanian and German and her father is Italian and Slovakian (that we know of). Gentile’s daughter Kira has a small percentage of Native American ancestry (possibly Cherokee or Cheyenne) and Donna and her sisters believe their Dad was Native American by the way he lived his life. Before changing worlds, he told his family “I’m coming back as a bald eagle, so look for me.” The family has had many eagle encounters since.

Purpose

Gentile believes that we are all connected and all native people in that we all come from indigenous tribes with deep connections to nature and our divine Creator. She celebrates her European roots, and her heart is native to America.

Donna’s message is one of unity, triumph and healing for people and planet. She sings and dances for ancestors, veterans, all who serve, victims of violence, liberty, love, empowerment and to raise the vibe and have good ‘ole fashioned fun!