Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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LaDawn1LaDawn was 14 when she had her first public performance. She wasn't planning on performing, but she said she wasn't given a choice.

“I sang a duet in church,” said the singer, who has returned to the Valley for her second season. “I had been playing the piano and this new fellow came to church. He was about 19 or 20. Mom had him over for dinner and afterward I was playing the piano and he was singing – he had a really nice voice.”

He asked LaDawn if she would rather accompany him on the piano or sing with him.

“He didn't give me a choice,” she said. “I decided to sing but I was deathly afraid of speaking in public. I still get a little nervous. I have a show coming up and I'll have nerves throughout the day as it gets closer but right before the performance I'll be fine.”

For someone who still gets those butterflies from getting on stage, you would never realize it the way she interacts with her audience. Actually, she says it's the interacting that she enjoys the most during her performances.

“I had a show once with just 11 people there,” she said. “But they were an incredibly fun and exciting group of people. I really like people and getting responses from them.”

She has not stopped performing since that day in church and says that her most memorable and favorite performance was when she sang to her husband at her own wedding. She said there wasn't a dry eye in the church that day. Almost three decades later, LaDawn and her husband are still happily married. They were blessed with six children, and despite singing being her passion, LaDawn realized her family was her first priority and she concentrated on bringing the gift of music to them. She home schooled her children to bring them a solid education and a life centered on Christ. Homeschooling also allowed her to spend time with her children, playing the keyboard, violin, and guitar. She also continued to perform when the occasion arose.

A Canadian native, LaDawn divides her time between performing in Texas and visiting family, including five grandchildren, in Nebraska, Utah and Idaho.

While the first half of her performing season in the Rio Grande Valley is coming to a close, she's excited about the next portion and her show.

“We have two different shows when we come back. One is called “Sentimental Journey,” she said. “We are doing songs from the 40s on up to the 2000s. I really think people like the word 'Journey,' it sounds nice. Of course we start off the show with the song 'Sentimental Journey,'”

She also has a country show, claiming the Valley is “Countrified.”

“I just want to sing what people want to hear and the Valley loves their country,” she said.

For more information on LaDawn call (281) 645-6830.

LaDawn’s Upcoming 2018 Shows

Jan 13, 7 p.m., Dixieland RV Park, Harlingen
Jan 26, 7 p.m., Country Palms, San Juan
Feb 1, 7 p.m., Twin Palms, Rio Hondo
Feb 2, 3 p.m., Victoria Palms, Donna
Feb. 5-10, Goldwing Express Cruise, Carnival
Feb 23, 7 p.m., Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission
Mar 5, 1 p.m., Victoria Palms Resort, Donna
Mar 10, 2 p.m., Magnolia RV Park, Donna
Mar. 10, 7 p.m., Paul's RV Park residents only

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