Posts Tagged ‘Say Amen Somebody’

Thomas Dorsey Project Honors Father of Gospel Music

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Thomas A. Dorsey III is leading efforts to preserve the history and legacy of his grandfather through the organization of the Thomas A Dorsey Project.  Widely regarded as the FaThomas Dorsey Projectther of Gospel Music, Thomas Dorsey a noted blues musician who found God in the midst of personal tragedy combined elements of the blues with spiritual lyrics and personal life experiences to form Gospel music.  Dorsey composed over three hundred songs, including Precious Lord, Take My Hand, a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr which was sung at his funeral by Mahalia Jackson and recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Candi Staton, Al Green and others.  Dorsey was featured in the documentary Say Amen Somebody with Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, Sallie Martin, The Oneal Twins & The Barrett Sisters.

The Thomas Dorsey Project aims to increase awareness of Thomas A. Dorsey’s contributions to the rich tapestry of American culture and expose new generations of singers, songwriters, musicians and music lovers over the world to his works.

Celebrating the Life of Gospel Great Mother Geneva Gentry

Monday, October 14th, 2013

GOSPELflava jMother Gentryoins others across the globe mourning the passing of Mother Geneva Gentry at the age of 101.  Mother Gentry along with her late husband Joshua were instrumental in the promulgation of Gospel music through their affiliation with Professor Thomas A. Dorsey and the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.  In the early 40s, the Gentrys organized When Singers Meet, a yearly music festival (still in existence)  in St. Louis, Missouri introducing various up and coming gospel singers and musicians.   Joshua Gentry succeeded Professor Dorsey as President of NCGCC and served until his passing in 1990. Mother Gentry served as the coordinator for the consecration service for many years and was featured in the acclaimed documentary, Say Amen Somebody.   Their daughter, Marabeth Gentry now serves as the first woman president of the 80 year old organization.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 19th at the Christ Southern Mission Baptist Church in St. Louis.

Watch a clip of Mother Gentry leading the NCGCC consecration Service from Say Amen Somebody here

Marabeth Gentry chosen to lead the Dorsey Convention

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses (The Dorsey Convention)  has announced the selection of Marabeth Gentry as President during their post convention meeting held in Washington, DC.  (more…)

Services for Delois Barrett Campbell to be streamed via Internet

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The body of Delois Barrett Campbell will lie in state at Trinity Untied Church of Christ on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 from 12 noon until 7:00 p.m. (more…)

Delois Barrett Campbell Funeral Services & Live Streaming

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The body of Delois Barrett Campbell will lie in state at Trinity Untied Church of Christ on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 from 12 noon until 7:00 p.m. (more…)