The Osmonds (Merrill, Jay and Jimmy) are no strangers to show business. The Osmonds are one of the most well-known entertainment families in the world. Their example of an unfailing belief in God and family, along with a wide-range of talent, creates the unique combination that has led to the tremendous success of the Osmonds. The Osmond family has spent more than 50 years working together - entertaining audiences all over the world, with music historians noting them as the longest running group in history, having never been disbanded. Their spirit of dedication and loyalty to the craft is felt and reciprocated by their equally dedicated and loyal following. It is this same spirit they bring to their many music styles.
The Osmond Brothers' career began in "Barbershop" as young boys, and it is that familiar harmonizing that has become the "signature" on their music. They skillfully play several musical instruments among them; dance, write music, and create electricity between stage and audience that can only be felt during an Osmond performance. The Osmond family has sold millions of records worldwide, earning them more than 53 gold and platinum records along with other prestigious awards. They surpassed both Elvis' and the Beatles' best single year success by being honored with nine gold records in 1971.
The Osmond Brothers have created a niche all their own in the field of entertainment. Their remarkable success with Pop, Rock & Roll, Country, and Gospel music has enabled them to touch audiences both young and old, and every age in between. Mastering this variety of musical genres is the contributing factor that has seen the Osmonds tremendous success in television, recording, and concert performances.
The Osmond Brothers are as at home on the road as they have been when performing for record-breaking crowds for many years in Branson, Missouri. The audiences who come to see the Osmonds not only see a world class show, but leave feeling they truly have come to see their friends. It's that charismatic interaction these brothers have with people that make audiences come back show after show.
Recent highlights in their careers involve an ABC made-for-television movie about the Osmond family,Inside the Osmonds, which aired in 2001. Granada Television filmed a documentary for the U.K.s ITV, which aired on primetime in 2003, titled Being the Osmond's. Several CDs have recently been released, including The Osmonds Ultimate Collection which soared to the top of the U.K. charts in 2003. August 7, 2003 brought a highly esteemed honor to the Osmond family; the seven performing Osmond's received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.All six performing Osmond Brothers were honored to be among the performers for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at the 75th Royal Variety Performance held in Edinburgh November 24, 2003. The Osmond Brothers were honored once again, when they received an unprecedented two standing ovations during this Royal Variety Performance. There have recently been several sold-out U.K. tours, as well as many successful tour dates across the U.S., including the August 2007 50 th Anniversary Celebration with all family members joining together onstage in Las Vegas. This memorable occasion was taped for a PBS television special (which aired nation-wide March 2008), as well as a DVD celebrating this milestone in their entertainment career. A music CD of the 50 th Anniversary celebration, and one titled 50 Years 50 Hits have also been released to mark the occasion. The entire Osmond family then performed together on a 50 th Anniversary World Tour, ending in July 2008 when they performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. This was the first time the family had toured together in 27 years. The Osmond Brothers continue to perform regularly, having just recently finished their Up Close & Personal Tour throughout the U.K. That tour took them to 50 cities in 60 days from March May 2012, with record-breaking crowds and the launch of their new CD The Osmond's Cant Get There Without You.
Merrill Osmond , the middle son of nine children in the Osmond Family, has spent his entertainment career as the Osmond Brothers lead singer and an established solo artist. In collaboration with his brothers, Merrill has written the music and lyrics for five number one hit records and contributed vocally and instrumentally to the groups collective 27 gold records - many of which he shared the production credits.
Merrill is also no stranger to live theater; Merrill has recently performed in productions with the music of many great composers such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schanberg, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Merrills most recent live theater performance was in the lead role of The Civil War with the music of Frank Wildhorn.
Merrills experience in providing great entertainment for audiences has enabled him to develop important skills in working with people from all aspects of the industry. Merrill's hand in producing special events and festivals was also lent to a special and memorable event when Merrill produced the Making of an Inauguration for President Ronald Regan. Inexhaustible energy, creative thinking, decisive management skills and charismatic performing abilities are all trademarks of Merrill Osmond. He continues to entertain with his brothers as well as a solo artist, is a writer, and a motivational speaker.
Jay Osmond went from the little guy following the cameras on The Andy Williams Show, to a polished and multi-talented performer with the drive and tenacity that has kept The Osmonds a household name for 50 years.
Jay is the youngest of the original Osmond Brothers group, with a career in entertainment that started at the tender age of two and a half. Jay says he was about eight years old when he learned to play the drums, and went on to be voted one of the top 10 drummers in the country during the 1970s.
In 1972, Jay shared the lead with brother Merrill on Crazy Horses, which skyrocketed to the Osmond's best selling single overseas, and it remains a fan favorite to this day. Jay has also worked behind the scenes as a producer. His production credits include the 1970s television programs, The Donny & Marie Shows and The Osmond Family Hour, the 1980s variety show Marie, the movie depicting the life of the Osmond family Side by Side, and most recently, the families 50 th Anniversary PBS special and DVD projects. Jay released a solo CD, Its About Time Again in 2009, and his autobiography, Jay Osmond “ The Stages of My Life" was released in 2010. Jay is currently working on his second book, which will contain stories about his life as they relate to some of Jay's favorite quotes.
Jimmy Osmond is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, who has obtained success both on and off stage. Through his vast experience in the entertainment industry, he has produced and promoted record breaking world-wide concert tours, ice extravaganzas, a variety of commercials and coordinated celebrity commercial endorsements. Jimmy is President of Osmond Entertainment, which reunited all seven performing Osmonds in Las Vegas for their 50 th Anniversary Reunion Concert in August 2007. This show kicked off a year long celebration for the family, including sell-out concerts throughout the world. The live DVD of the Vegas shows produced by Jimmy went straight in at number one on the UK charts and gained the family yet another gold disc.
In addition to live performances, Jimmy and his production companies have produced over 1,100 hours of programming including theatrical films, made for television movies, TV specials, music videos, commercials and industrial videos for major U.S. and international corporations. Jimmy served as the executive producer of the ABC television movie, Inside The Osmonds. and has served as a consultant to Warner Brothers developing new programming.
In December 2008, Jimmy made his debut in British Pantomime as the lovable Buttons in Cinderella, and then fulfilled a life-long ambition of appearing in London's West End as the Teen Angel in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre. Following Grease, Jimmy starred as Billy Flynn in the UK National Tour of the smash-hit musical Chicago, had a return run as Buttons in Cinderella in 2010, and appeared in the starring role in Aladdin at The Grand Theatre in Swansea from December 2011 to January 2012. November and December 2012, Jimmy Osmond's Holiday Jukebox was a part of Tampa, Florida's Busch Gardens Christmas Town Celebration. Jimmy also stays quite busy producing with his company Osmond Entertainment; with one of his most recent productions being Jerry Lewis Live from Las Vegas, for PBS.
Each individual's unique blend of style and talent has combined to create the diversity which sets them apart from other entertainment groups. Their audiences have grown with them, many of whom stem back to the days fondly remembered as "Osmondmania." That hysteria caused by those teenaged boys has evolved into a genuine love and respect, deserving of "entertainment icons" that have stayed true to themselves, their religion, their audience, and the talents they still share with us today.