Friday, September 7, 2012
Singer, Songwriter & Recording Artist Brian Gentry Will Appear, September 15 at the Upper Room in Southern California
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
MISSION VIEJO, CA (ANS) -- Brian Gentry may not be a household name in Contemporary Christian Music, but he is certainly no stranger to the scene. In fact, he is likely glad that his notoriety is not based in Contemporary Christian Music (CCM).
Marvin & Gentry plied their songwriting craft with live performances in colleges, churches and other venues across the country in the 1980’s where the duo found acceptance with their melodious style, crisp harmonies and a spirit-filled message to wider audiences.
However, it was the discovery by the late Dan Peek of the band, AMERICA, that would lead to a collaboration of the duo’s next four recordings and the formation of the Christian-rock band, called PEACE.
In 1989, Dan Peek, along with Marvin & Gentry, produced the duo’s second studio effort called Light of the World. The collaboration continued for another six years as Peek released a trilogy of recordings by PEACE on his new label called 7-Mile Records. The trio of recordings by PEACE stands as great synergy of the talents of Peek, Marvin and Gentry and combine the fresh, refined lyrics of Marvin & Gentry with recollections of the soft rock and pop sound of Peek’s AMERICA. One reviewer said that the three recordings of PEACE are an incredible contribution to the music of the ‘90’s.
“I was actually introduced to Brian Gentry by the late Dan Peek of the group America in 2009 when we were just beginning to book various artists at the Upper Room” said Ron Strand of The Upper Room. “I contacted Dan with the hope of booking him for an appearance at The Upper Room. Dan thanked me for the offer and told me that he ‘wasn’t doing any more personal appearances’. He then suggested that I contact his longtime friend and recording partner Brian Gentry. Brian and I became immediate friends after his first appearance at The Upper Room, and I invite him back each year. We are kindred spirits from different walks of life” said Strand
“Dan’s wife Catherine asked me to serve at Dan’s funeral as a pallbearer. When I told her that I had a dilemma because I had been booked at The Upper Room, she told me that Dan always said that ‘life is for the living’ and she insisted that I go because ‘Dan would have wanted it that way’.” said Gentry.
Gentry decided to make that Upper Room appearance a tribute to his late friend. At that concert he shared a number of stories from his friendship with Dan Peek and played a number of Peek and America tunes. He recruited the help of the Upper Room’s house band on some of the songs. “We had a great time that night and I realized that I was able to honor Dan in this way. It also gave me a chance to share a part of Dan with the Upper Room audience” said Gentry.
Gentry is scheduled to appear at The Upper Room (Christian Coffeehouse) in Mission Viejo, California on Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 pm.
“This will be Brian’s fourth appearance with us” said Ron Strand, of The Upper Room. “He has appeared twice as a solo act, and once with his musical partner Ken Marvin”. It is always a treat to have Brian join us at the Upper Room”. What I think is most unique about Brian is his ability to relate the most common issues we face as human beings and as Christians in a way that draws you in.” He is a masterful storyteller and a consummate musician” said Strand.
For more information about Brian Gentry’s appearance at the Upper Room, or to make reservations, please visit http://theupperroompresents.com/
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