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LaDonna Gatlin, CSP, CPAE Texas
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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 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 to their ears.

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  • Tune Up Your Life - 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.

    Song Selections include standards like:
    • Victory in Jesus
    • Just a Closer Walk with Thee
    • Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
    • Great is Thy Faithfulness
    • The Old Rugged Cross
    • Because He lives
The Song in You
The Song in You: Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life

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