Donna sings originals and roots covers with a rich, vintage voice and percussive rhythm guitar style. Think heart-felt and soulful Americana, folk, Native Spirit-inspired and world. She has had profound medicine music come through after praying to ancestors. Read more below…

Native Spirit-Inspired Medicine Music

Gentile had a Cherokee-inspired birth song come through during pregnancy after praying to ancestors for medicine called “River Song for Kira.”

In the native tradition, women take pregnant mothers to sacred space and ask the unborn child and Creator to bring forth a song for gentle birthing. 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.

Donna visited a sacred site along the Farmington River (Canton/Collinsville, CT) for several days over the span of a few weeks, immersed her big belly into the river and asked Creator and the unborn babe for 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 with all. Blessed be.

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

In the teaching, Tecumseh says —

“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 Gentile passed and Donna was able to sing it to him as his soul took flight.

Fred told his family, “I’m coming back as a bald eagle so look out for me!” Gentile did 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.

Donna’s Heritage

Gentile’s mother is Irish, Lithuanian and German (that we know of). Her father is Italian and Slovakian (that we know of). Gentile’s daughter Kira, (shown in river photo above, circa 2006) has a small percentage of Native American ancestry, although the tribal nation is still unknown.

Gentile believes that we are all connected and all indigenous people from indigenous tribes with deep connections to nature — connections to the divine within us (the microcosm/Self) and the divine that is outside of us (macrocosm/Universe), and that the two are one in the same.

Donna sings for unity, love, empowerment, Mother Earth, return of the matriarchy, social justice and to raise the vibe.

Gentile believes that we are all connected and all indigenous people from indigenous tribes with deep connections to nature — connections to the divine within us (the microcosm/Self) and the divine that is outside of us (macrocosm/Universe), and that the two are one in the same.

Donna sings for unity, love, empowerment, Mother Earth, return of the matriarchy, social justice and to raise the vibe.

Featured photo of Donna Gentile by daughter Kira Gentile. Photo collage of Fred Gentile and Eagle by sister Betsy Gentile.