Gentry McCreary

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Gentry McCreary
Birth name Gentry McCreary
Also known as Uncle Gentry
Born (1941-09-19) September 19, 1941 (age 72)
Origin Oakland, California
Genres Gospel Music
Occupations Gospel Music Executive
Years active 1970s-present

Gentry McCreary, Sr. (born Gentry McCreary on September 19, 1941 in Oakland, California) is a Gospel music Executive. He was the First African-American Executive to be employed by Word Records, Light Records and Benson Records. McCreary also has his own labels, Luminar[1] and Onyx International Records.

Musical career[edit]

Birthright Records was the start of McCreary’s career when they hired him in the late 1960s for their radio promotions department. There, he promoted artists such as The Caravans, Rodena Preston and Edwin Hawkins. In the early 1970s, Word Records hired the Oakland native as its Director of Promotions for Black Radio

In the late 1970s, when Light Records hired him as Director of National Radio Promotions. He formed his own record label, Luminar Records.[1]

Throughout the 1980s McCreary is credited with pitching the hymnal “Yes Lord” to leaders of the Church of God in Christ organization.[2] McCreary also began work at a new label in the early 1980s—Benson Records.[3] There, he held the title International Director of Radio Promotions, before Benson granted him a solo label called Onyx International Records.[4] New artists such as Richard Smallwood,[5] Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Thomas Whitfield, The New York City Family, Danniebelle Hall and Bishop Paul S. Morton[6] signed on with Onyx. In conjunction with the newly signed artists, Onyx released Mel Carter's album entitled Willing[7] that earned a Dove Nomination. By the mid 1980s, McCreary had accepted a position at Plumbline Records as the Vice President of A&R.[8]

McCreary also co-founded Red Hot Music Group and developed Gentry McCreary Presents,[9] which introduced James H. Brown & Company, and Derick Hughes.

McCreary has won various Gospel Industry awards, including the Bay Area's Black Diamond Dynasty Living Legend Award, and Producer of the Year.[10] In 2008, he was awarded the first Lilly Mack Pioneer's Award for his dedication to the Gospel Music Industry. In the month of September, Mr. McCreary received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Impact of Music in Ministry by the city of Temecula, California[11]


Gentry McCreary served as Executive Producer for all of the following albums:


  • Lifetime Achievement Award for the Impact of Music in Ministry [11]
  • Bay Area's Black Diamond Dynasty Living Legend Award
  • Lilly Mack Pioneer's Award [7]
  • Producer Of The Year.[10]


  1. ^ a b Jean Williams (September 20, 1980). "Demo Bags Binder for Singing Duo". Billboard. 
  2. ^ Kysa Daniels (March 2010). "Gentry McCreary Autobiography". Levitical Praise Productions. 
  3. ^ "Black Gospel". Billboard. October 2, 1982. 
  4. ^ Edward Morris (Jan 23, 1982). "At Benson". Billboard. 
  5. ^ "Dove Award Nominees". Billboard. March 9, 1985. 
  6. ^ N/A (March 2010). "Bishop Paul S. Morton's Greatest Hits". Christian Sonic. 
  7. ^ a b Mel Carter (1996–2010). "Mel Carter Discography". Mel Carter. 
  8. ^ "Black Gospel". Billboard. October 19, 1985. 
  9. ^ Lisa Collins (Jan 7, 1995). "In the Spirit". Billboard. 
  10. ^ a b Paul Baker (October 3, 1981). "Stations Spur Growth". Billboard. 
  11. ^ a b Kysa Daniels (March 2010). "Gentry McCreary Lifetime Achievement Award". Vakita Pointdexter. 

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