The year 2018 was a big one for St. Louis native Marabeth E. Gentry, the president of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, Inc. (founded by Thomas A. Dorsey, the father of gospel music), the oldest African-American gospel singing organization in the United States. In March, she was inducted into the Stellar Awards Honors Hall of Fame during the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards, the first and oldest televised awards show honoring gospel music artists.
This was only the most recent honor for this proud graduate of Vashon High School and Harris-Stowe State University and member of the Vashon Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni of Harris-Stowe.
In October 2017, she received the Legacy Award from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Gateway Metropolitan Chapter in appreciation of Outstanding Community Service. In October 2016, she received the National Black Radio Hall of Fame Award for continuing the traditions of gospel music. In June 2016, she received the Legacy Award from the Saint Louis County Chapter of the NAACP. In February 2016, she received the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award at the 31st Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.
She has appeared on radio and television programs locally, nationally and internationally, and has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad singing.
She is a lifetime member of the Christ’s Southern Mission Baptist Church, where she serves as the minister of Music, and an honorary member of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.
She has a Master of Arts in Music from Webster University and an Honorary Doctorate from Easter Theological Seminary. She is retired educator from the Saint Louis Public School District after 32 years of service. She remains the president for When Singers Meet, Inc., a gospel music performance organization that she’s partnered with The Salvation Army for over 40 year
Washington Tabernacle hosts ‘Heal Our Land’ concert
Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church will present “The Heal Our Land” concert featuring Lowell Pye (formally of the gospel group Men of Standard), guest artist Leah Joelle, Christopher Watkins and band on Saturday, January 5. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the concert begins at 4 p.m. at the church, located at 3200 Washington Ave. at the corner of Compton and Washington in Midtown.
“In the wake of all of the tragedy in the St. Louis area, along with the multiple killing sprees within our country, we all need healing,” organizers said. “We want to bring in the New Year unified and in peace. So we invite you to join us for the ‘Heal Our Land’ concert. In order for us to restore the village, we must be a united village. The path to restoration is through healing.”
This event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or Givelifly. General Admission is $25 (or $15 for students, high school and college). For more information on this and other Village Restoration activities, contact the church at (314) 533-8763. Rev. Robert McClish II is pastor.