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6th DMV Musicians and Singers Fellowship celebrates honorees with virtual event

The sold-out event was an opportunity to recognize those in the DMV who had made impactful contributions.

The 6th DMV Musicians and Singers Fellowship Banquet  was held virtually on Monday, January 25, 2021. Honorees  included Bernard Mavritte, Valencia Rodgers Howard, Theodore Thorpe, Dr. Joyce Garrett, Reger Cutting Smith III, Mike Pugh, James Glover, Samuel Eddie Cromwell, Danny McCrimmon and Theresa Leeke.

The event was hosted by Stellar Award winner Phillip Carter and Jarvis Smith. Each honoree was introduced by someone who was intimately familiar with their story.

The sold-out event was an opportunity to recognize those in the DMV who had made impactful contributions to gospel music within the DMV and beyond. Here’s a look at a few of the DMV Musicians and Singers Fellowship honorees:

Theodore Thorpe III (Artistic Director, Men and Women of the Gospel Choir) serves as artistic director for the Washington Performing Arts Men and Women of the Gospel. He also serves as music director and staff musician at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and as director of choral activities at T.C. Williams High School.


Dr. Joyce Garrett to host banquetDr. Joyce Garrett  led the world famous Eastern High School from 1972-2005. She is the Minister of Music of the Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA. and  has been recognized by Readers Digest as an American Hero in education, among many other honors Dr. Garrett produced choirs for the annual nationally televised programs Kennedy Center Honors and Christmas in Washington.


Samuel (Eddie) Cromwell is a gifted, inspirational, self-trained classical pianist, composer and organizer in the gospel music ministry for more than twenty years. He serves as Musical Director for the St. Augustine Catholic Church Chorale and Gospel Choir. He is the author of the recording Live: Victory and Praise. He was most recently seen performing at the White House during Black History Month.


Sarah Hearn
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Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of Sarah founded the site to serve as a positive platform for gospel music news, to share all of the good things happening within the Gospel and Christian music industry. In 2017, the site was named one of the Top 50 Gospel and Christian Music websites. Sarah is widely known for her on-the-scene reporting which includes the GMA Dove Awards, the Stellar Awards, Grammys on the Hill, Gospel Music Heritage Month Celebration Concert, McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, St. Jude Celebration of Hope, the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference and many more. For more than 5 years, Sarah served as the DC Gospel Music Examiner at  where the site garnered more than 150,000 readers in the US and around the world. Sarah was named one of the Top Ten Heroes in Gospel Music in the Washington, DC area in 2012 for her extensive coverage, support and commitment to artists within the D.C. metro region.  In 2016 she was named Person of the Month by IndiMogul Magazine. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.

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