Saturday, January 30, 2010

Marie Osmond Pays Tribute To Haitian Survivors

MARIE OSMOND paid tribute to citizens of earthquake-devastated Haiti as she picked up a woman of the year award for her charity work at the weekend (23Jan10).

The singer was honoured by the Nevada Ballet Theatre for her foundation, the Children’s Miracle Network, which treats ill youngsters and has raised more than $3.6 billion since the 1980s.

Osmond used her speech at the Las Vegas ceremony to recognise survivors in Haiti, who have shown courage and strength since an earthquake hit the country on 12 January (10) - and reveals her organization is aiding the ongoing relief effort.


Don Osmond: The Facebook addiction

By Don Osmond
Friday, Jan. 29, 2010

As some of you may be aware, I've recently had my bout with Facebook; even committed myself into going "cold turkey" for a time. But the blasted Web site still confounds me.

Did you know that some the most popular Web sites tout success as maintaining an audience for a mere minute and a half? In contrast, the average person spends 25 minutes every day on Facebook. We're gonna have to face it, we're addicted to Facebook.


Jimmy Osmond is voted off Popstar to Operastar

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Donny Osmond's new radio show

By Lynn Arave
Deseret News
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010

The new Donny Osmond radio show premiered nationally several weeks ago.

Rusty Keys, KBEE (Utah) program director and afternoon personality, said the station will be dropping the Ryan Seacrest radio show to fit Osmond's new show into the schedule.

"I'm really excited about it," Keys said of the new show, noting that it will be a great opportunity to have someone like Donny Osmond airing each weekday in Utah.


Join Kathy's blog

Did you know that Kathlyn Osmond now has a blog where she shares stories of her life being married to Wayne? Check out the link here or in our sidebar.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

A Thousand Years of Osmond History

Tom & Vera Davis are the Parents of Olive Davis Osmond, the Mother of the performing Osmond Family! They played a very important role, besides their Davis / Nichols genes, in making their daughter, Olive, and her children successful.

This book reveals the importance of education and the love of music with talents that comes from the "other half" of The Osmond Family and their Welsh descendants. When you see who they were and get to know them, you will find a lot of valued, dedicated, and hard working people with faith and musical tendencies that got passed down to their children and grandchildren.

Olive May Davis was a piano player and loved the saxophone which she played with Fred McMurray on the Andy William's TV Show in the '60's. Though several of her family were hard working farmers, miners, wood cutters, educators and seamstresses, you will learn that they were also musical and made violins. Anna Jenkins and John Marsh (descendants) had 12 children and taught them to sing in four-part harmony! (That's how the Osmond Brothers
started in 1957!)

Several family members joined the LDS Church and moved from Wales to Idaho. Olive was born in her grandparent's cabin which has now become a museum in Samaria, Idaho to be dedicated on May 3, 2010. They believe that "God's "Plan of Life" is the Family. This book was created for their posterity and friends to remember their Ancestors and the love that they had for higher education, musical talents, honest and simple living, who were a hard working people that produced a great posterity that has influenced the world! This book contains several pictures, genealogy sources, family history, that genetically ties many families together with historic relationships.

Their Family History can be seen at:

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Donny Osmond dives into radio with syndicated show on heels of `Dancing With the Stars' win

Singer Donny Osmond is coming back to the airwaves as he launches a radio show on the heels of his "Dancing With the Stars" win.

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A music show hosted by the 52-year-old Las Vegas headliner debuts Jan. 18 on about 60 stations across the country.

"I've been up and down for the last 47 years. Up's better, let me tell you," the entertainer said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It is a roller coaster ride and you're not up all the time, and when you are up you ride that wave and hopefully you're enjoying that wave, because I'm certainly enjoying this one."

Osmond said the daytime show is aimed at a wide audience, but primarily women who listen to the adult contemporary or classic hits during the day, at work or elsewhere.

"It really gives ownership to the listener, and that's what we're trying to do is get them through the workday with some great music and some fun stories, little anecdotes and a very positive outlook in the five hours I'll be programming," Osmond said.

Osmond will record segments on his laptop and the show will be delivered to stations by syndication network Citadel Media, in partnership with McVay Syndication. Officials said last month's bankruptcy filing by parent Citadel Broadcasting will have no effect on Osmond's contract, the terms of which were not announced.

Osmond said most of his fans grew up with radio, and the format isn't going away despite the medium's financial slump and technological advances that give potential audiences more entertainment choices.

"I've been in this business since dirt was created, so I've seen a lot of incarnations of this business," Osmond said. "I remember when colored television came in ... I was such a little kid but I was involved in the industry so much."

"And so many people would say, `Television is the death of radio,' and as history has shown, it isn't, it wasn't and it never will be," he said.

The show will include some personal anecdotes and stories from the entertainer, who is enjoying a resurgence with his appearance on the hit ABC dance series, the Donny and Marie show with his sister at the Flamingo Las Vegas and an album debuting next year.


Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Entertainment Producer, Director and Composer William H. May Passes Away At Age 56

William H. "Billy" May, world-renowned entertainment producer, director and composer, died at 1:45am on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. May's death follows a recent illness.

As a teen, May honed his abilities as a performer, composer and writer, touring with such acts as Sonny and Cher and the Osmond Brothers.

Alan remembers him as, "
a good musician."

Our condolences to the May family.

Lands' End FeelGood Initiative Reaches Goal Warms Over 25,000 Hearts and Heads This Season

DODGEVILLE, Wis., Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- It took four months, more than 5,000 pounds of donated yarn and hundreds of talented volunteers to knit over 25,000 hats for homeless individuals across the country as part of the Lands' End FeelGood initiative. Lands' End kicked off the FeelGood campaign in September in an effort to warm the homeless and displaced this season. For every Lands' End FeelGood sweater purchased, the company donated signature FeelGood yarn to One Heart Foundation's Warming Families, a nationwide knitting charity. Hundreds of volunteer knitters embraced the challenge many knitting for the entire four months resulting in a total of 29,560 hats knitted and donated to homeless organizations from coast to coast.

"The results of this campaign are simply heart warming," said Nick Coe, president, Lands' End. "We are truly grateful to the volunteers that donated their time and talents to such a rewarding and meaningful effort."

Lands' End donated more than 5,000 pounds of proprietary FeelGood yarn that is as soft as cashmere but offers the durability and value of cotton. The company offers a FeelGood sweater collection in a variety sweater styles for women and wanted to find a way to utilize the yarn in a meaningful way this season.

As a result, yarn was delivered to hundreds of Warming Family volunteers as well as Lands' End employees and local community members. Vickie Howell, best-selling craft author, knitting personality and host of TV's Knitty Gritty also worked with Lands' End to help instruct novice knitters, create hat patterns for the campaign and to host "knit out" events to keep the momentum going. Additionally New York Times best-selling author Kate Jacobs supported the initiative by joining knit outs across the country and reading from The Friday Night Knitting Club and Knit the Season.

"We are thrilled that our volunteer knitters have accomplished the amazing goal of knitting thousands of hats and meeting our mission of helping families," said Alan Osmond, Warming Families. "Through yarn donations and knitting by our volunteers, we were able to help thousands of families in need this winter. We thank the volunteers for sharing their hearts this season."

About Warming Families

Warming Families, a project of the One Heart Foundation, is a 100% volunteer project that delivers blankets and other warm items to the homeless and displaced while strengthening families through charity work. At the heart of this project are area volunteers who function to coordinate efforts and locate and supply local shelters and nursing homes.


Fright at opera for popsters includes Jimmy

EIGHT pop stars are set to try their hand at opera for a new ITV reality show.

Former Hear'Say singer Kym Marsh, now a Coronation Street regular, is one of the early favourites to win Pop Star to Opera Star. But she faces a challenge from Jimmy Osmond, Blur's Alex James and Bernie Nolan.

The line-up is completed by McFly's Danny Jones, former Pop Idol contestant Darius Danesh, Shakespeare's Sister's Marcella Detroit and Vanessa White from girl band The Saturdays.