Sister of the Legendary Country Stars The Gatlin Brothers
LaDonna Gatlin grew up on stage performing with her brothers, the legendary Gatlin Brothers. In the mid 1970’s, this “gutsy” Texas native chose to follow her heart and “sing a different song” apart from her famous family. That “song” has taken her from corporate powerhouses…to the prison cells of death row…and just about everywhere in between. LaDonna’s presentations resonate with audiences all over the country.
She is the author of The Song in You: Finding your Voice, Redefining Your Life. She is also a contributing writer to the best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul.
As a speaker, she is one of only a handful of professional speakers who holds both the Certified Speaking Professional designation and the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Award®, two of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the National Speakers Association.
As a performer, LaDonna has excelled in the world of gospel and country music. She has performed with Johnny Cash, June Carter, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, and countless others. She has written and recorded her own songs and performed on both Grammy Award-winning and Dove Award-winning records.
Through her experience as a performer, professional speaker, and author, LaDonna has developed an expertise in showing people how to tune up their lives, so that their success becomes…well…music to their ears.
TUNE UP YOUR LIFE
This is LaDonna's personal story. She shares seven key principles that gave her the courage to take a giant leap of faith, find her own voice, and "sing a different song" apart from her brothers. It reinforces the importance of living your values (character, faith, integrity) while finding plenty of opportunities to laugh along the way.
SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA’ LAUGH!
When life happens, what are you gonna’ do? LaDonna’s remedy is simple…Sometimes You Just Gotta’ Laugh! Her hilarious take on “all things human” will leave your sides aching. WARNING: Audience members have been known to experience episodes of ENS (Explosive Nasal Snorts) during her performance!
MY VIEW FROM THE CHURCH PEW
LaDonna credits her mother, the church pianist, with instilling the love of gospel music into her. This “up-close-and-personal” presentation shows LaDonna “UNPLUGGED.” Her audience feels as if they are literally sitting in her living room as she candidly shares her abiding faith in God and sings the great old hymns of the church. She even takes requests from the audience! Masterfully weaving a tapestry of inspiration, music, and humor, LaDonna captivates the audience with stories of what it was like growing up in this legendary musical family.
THROUGH THE YEARS
Take a walk down memory lane with classic songs from days gone by! This presentation showcases LaDonna’s versatility as a vocalist with selections from some of her favorite artists like Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, and so many more!
THE SONG IN YOU
Using a powerful combination of popular music, down-home humor and captivating storytelling, LaDonna draws on her phenomenal vocal ability to entertain and engage your audience. Song selections include: Everything is Beautiful, Put a Little Love in Your Heart, ’70’s Medley, Power of the Dream, Patriotic Medley, Plus bonus songs that are sure to entertain!
These not-so-traditional arrangements of some very traditional Christmas standards will truly put you in the spirit of the season. The title song, written by LaDonna reminisces about those magical Christmas mornings from her childhood.
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“Custodians, teachers, cafeteria staff, administrators, secretaries, bus drivers, and board members alike were inspired and motivated by your unique talents, your enthusiasm, and you message of hope, balance, humor, and personal responsibility. Your energetic and timely message will certainly help our district’s employees meet the challenges of the new school year.”
- | Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District
“…I can teach for another year because of what I’ve heard here today…”
- | Hereford ISD
“Your ability to connect with the audience through your experiences and through your music made you an instant “hit” with our employees. You made each person feel special and appreciated for all that they do each and every day at Unity Health Center.”
- | Unity Health Center
“It was such a pleasure to work with you and listen to you motivate us to “Tune Up Our Lives.” We have heard nothing but praise and we loved seeing the audience sing along to your presentation. It will be hard to follow you at next year’s event!”
- | Mercy Health Center