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Steve is the middle Gatlin brother. Born in Olney, Texas in 1951, he recalls how he and his brothers sang together in church anywhere, anytime, & to anyone who would listen. Growing up in Texas, music, sports, & church activities occupied his time. As kids the Gatlin Family , as they were known then traveled coast to coast in the summers & recorded 4 gospel records.
After graduating from high school in 1969, Steve attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he graduated in 1973 with an elementary education degree. He taught in Lubbock for 1 year along with his wife, Cynthia, who was also a teacher.
As luck would have it, Tammy Wynette made a concert appearance shortly after hiring Steve’s younger brother Rudy and sister LaDonna, and invited him to join them as her new back up singers. They called themselves “Young Country.” Not long after that, Steve was packing and moving to Nashville , working for Tammy.
One of Steve’s life-long dreams was for he, Rudy and Larry to get the opportunity to work & record together again.
Shortly after moving, his dreams were realized, as they recorded their Grammy Award-winning hit Broken Lady, even though they were not touring together. That soon changed. Opportunity knocked allowing Steve & Rudy to join Larry, recording hit after hit. Steve soon took on many daily responsibilities for the brothers, coordinating tours, recording schedules, interview requests as well as singing and playing bass. He has also produced 3 Christmas CD's for the brothers.
On his own he has starred in 3 major production shows, recorded 3 CD's, one big band swing, one Gospel, and a children's CD. He also speaks at churches and various events sharing his life experiences, focusing on his recovery from clinical depression & anxiety disorder. Steve is quick to say he is very blessed and believes in a loving God whose mercies can be seen "morning by morning."
As Steve says, he is still married to the “ love of my life," Cynthia and resides not far from Nashville in Brentwood, TN. They have 3 beautiful daughters, Ashley, Allison, & Aubrie who have all married & have families of their own, blessing Steve & Cynthia with 7 grandchildren.