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LaDonna Gatlin

LaDonna Gatlin

LaDonna Gatlin has been WOWING audiences since she was five years old.

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LaDonna Gatlin has been WOWING audiences since she was five years old.

Born into “showbiz,” LaDonna grew up onstage performing with her brothers, the legendary Gatlin Brothers. But in the mid 1970’s, this gutsy Texas native chose to follow her heart and “sing a different song” apart from her famous family.

LaDonna has shared that “song” everywhere…from corporate powerhouses…to the prison cells of death row.

Her presentations resonate with audiences all over the country because, simply put, she makes people laugh, lightens their load, and leaves them with a song in their hearts. AND…they always learn something in the process.

LaDonna 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.

She’s written and recorded her own original songs and sung on both Grammy Award-winning and Dove Award-winning records.

She’s the author of The Song in You: Finding your Voice, Redefining Your Life, a you-can-do-it guide that offers practical, emotional, and spiritual insights gleaned from her own life experiences. In addition, she’s a contributing writer to the best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Married to her best friend for over 40 years, they live in a suburb of Dallas Texas. They have 2 adult children and 7 grandchildren.


LaDonna’s most popular presentation focuses on the wisdom found in the notes of the musical scale: DO-RE-MI-FA-SO-LA-TI-DO.

Weaving her own personal story, music, and humor throughout, this is an unforgettable experience that inspires audiences to achieve their absolute best by embracing these concepts:

DO Do the right thing

RE Realize potential

MI Mind your manners

FA Failures can become fertilizer

SO Solutions begin with me

LA Laugh

TI Time is valuable…that will bring us back to

DO Do the right thing

​GROWING UP GATLIN…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.


LaDonna’s “vocal chops” are prominently on display as she sings what she affectionately calls “the playlist of my life.” The perfect combination of great music and good, clean fun, this performance hits ALL the right notes!


Take a walk down memory lane with classic songs from days gone by! This presentation showcases LaDonna’s versatility as a vocalist with a broad musical mix from some of her favorite artists like Tony Bennett, Patsy Cline, Andy Williams, Judy Garland, and so many more.


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.


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!

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