The Osmond Brothers (Merrill and Jay) 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.
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 Osmonds.” 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 Osmonds 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 50th 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 50th 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 50th 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 another “Up Close & Personal Tour” throughout the U.K. Their latest CD releases are titled, “The Osmonds – Can’t Get There Without You” and “Snapshot: The Osmonds.”
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 group’s 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 Schönberg, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Merrill’s most recent live theater performance was in the lead role of “The Civil War” with the music of Frank Wildhorn. Merrill’s 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 Osmonds’ 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 Show” 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 family’s 50th Anniversary PBS special and DVD projects. Jay released a solo CD, “It’s About Time Again” in 2009, and his autobiography, “Jay Osmond – The Stages of My Life” was released in 2010. 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.