LaDonna  Gatlin

LaDonna Gatlin

Sister of Country Music's Gatlin Bros, Singer, Motivational Speaker

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$5,001 - $7,500
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LaDonna Gatlin – Motivational Speaker

LaDonna Gatlin

Sister of Country Music's Gatlin Bros, Singer, Motivational Speaker

In-Person Fee Range:
$5,001 - $7,500
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Why Book

  • Ladonna uses music to helping audiences turn their challenges into opportunities and tune up their lives accordingly.
  • Her message is filled with practical, creative, immediately actionable ideas to inspire you to be your absolute best.


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 bestselling 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.

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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!

“Just plain FUN!  Laughter IS the best medicine.  Our folks are still RAVING!”
– Iowa Lakes Community College, Lakes Health Conference


Who knew so much wit and wisdom could be found in the notes of the musical scale?  Fast-paced, funny, and focused, LaDonna delivers solid content that equips audiences to “reach for the high notes” in life and hit them…every single time!  Here’s how:

•  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

“Fabulous opening keynote…set a great tone for the day!”
“Great tools to apply in life and work.”
“Do, Re, Mi…great way to remember these concepts…”
– Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)


LaDonna literally grew up on stage, but her second home was the church pew. She credits her mother, the church pianist, with instilling the love of God and music into her. Audiences feel like they’re sitting in her living room as she candidly shares her abiding faith and sings the great gospel music she was raised on. She even takes musical requests from the audience! The perfect mix of inspiration, music, and laugh-out-loud moments, LaDonna captivates with up-close-and- personal stories about growing up in the legendary Gatlin family.

“Our folks LOVED your presentation. And it’s not just your fabulous voice. It’s the way you TRULY CONNECTED with every single person in the room!”
~ Texas Baptists


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!

“The crowd was singing along with every song…it was simply THE BEST!”
– Arkansas Farm Bureau


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!

“What a voice!  Our members loved you when you were here 4 years ago…but even more this time around.  Your renditions of these classics were the perfect choice for our conference banquet!”
– Texas Retired Teachers Association


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.

“It was one of the most memorable Christmas performances ever….our folks LOVED you! That’s why we’re inviting you back next year!”
– Austin Baptist Church

LaDonna Gatlin Reviews

“I wanted to thank you for your great keynote address today. Your presentation made our 8th Annual Summer Sizzler Conference a huge success. The participants really enjoyed hearing your wonderful stories and the great takeaways you shared for them to use in their daily practice and everyday life. Thanks again for making a difference in the quality of early care and education in our community.”

— ChildCareGroup

“She was wonderful and you will enjoy and be blessed by her.”

— First Baptist Church

“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

“Simply put, she was sensational. Not only did she deliver a motivational message, but using music to do so was simply inspiring. Her presentation earned her a well deserved standing ovation.”

— New Jersey Association of School Business Officials

“LaDonna is one of the most effective speakers I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing She is inspiring and has a way of driving you to be your absolute best…no matter what the situation.”

— International Association of Administrative Professionals


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