Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Marie Osmond Kept Relationship With Ex Secret for Two Years Before Remarrying

Marie Osmond, who recently re-married her first husband, revealed today that they secretly dated for two years before the surprise wedding.

"I didn't want anybody to get hurt, you know if it didn't work out. And gosh, it just worked out," Osmond said on "Good Morning America." She said even her kids didn't know.


Monday, May 09, 2011

Mormon Media Observer: Here's to Marie Osmond and Stephen Craig

By Lane Williams, For Mormon Times 

The biggest news story involving Mormonism this week besides the 14 Tony nominations for "The Book of Mormon" musical on Broadway, is, not surprisingly, Marie Osmond’s third wedding.

Major news outlets carried details that she remarried her first husband, former BYU basketball standout Stephen Craig, in a private ceremony in the Las Vegas Temple. The news reported that she wore the same wedding dress that she wore on her first wedding.


Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Marie Osmond remarries first husband Stephen Craig

Marie Osmond remarries first husband 
Stephen CraigMarie Osmond got married Wednesday to someone she's known a long time: She remarried first husband Stephen Craig, whom she divorced in 1985 after three years of marriage.

Osmond, 51, and Craig, 54 were married in a private ceremony at the Las Vegas Mormon temple, with a reception following at their nearby home.

"I am so happy and look forward to sharing my life with Stephen, who is an amazing man as well as a great father to my children," Osmond told People magazine.

The pending remarriage had been rumored for months, an Access Hollywood source said, with People noting that the choice of wedding date has significance for the bride: It's the birthday of both Marie's late mom, Olive, and her late son, Michael.

Osmond reportedly wore the same wedding dress Wednesday that she donned the first time around with Craig, who was a basketball player at Brigham Young University.

See the couple back in the day with Stephen, their son together, and the rich-and-famous voice of Robin Leach in the video below.


advertisement Donny Osmond on Marie Osmond's Surprise Wedding: It Was a Perfect Cinderella Story

Thrilled brother Donny Osmond talks to ET exclusively about his sister Marie's wedding to her first husband Steve Craig earlier today in Las Vegas.
"This was a last-minute thing," he tells ET. "Not very many people knew about it. Marie told me so I had to keep it very quiet. She wanted it simple and that's what it was."
Donny tells ET that besides it being Marie's wedding day, it's also the birthday of his and Marie's mother and her late son Michael. He goes on to say that he's thrilled that Steve is officially part of the family again.
"I was hoping Steve would be my brother-in-law again," he says. "Steve has always been a very special part of Marie's heart. It was a perfect Cinderella story with a fairy tale ending. They were sealed together again, forever."
"Despite what has happened in the past, these two people are right for each other," Donny tells ET.  "My sister is so happy."


Monday, May 02, 2011

On Parade.com: The Osmonds Talk Vegas, Fame, and Justin Bieber

Music and TV icons Donny and Marie Osmond talked to Parade.com about their long career together, how their family keeps them grounded, why the sibling rivalry is real and much more.

Here are some highlights:

Their advice to today’s young stars like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift?

Donnie: It’s a bumpy rollercoaster ride. Hang in there buddy because if you can just maintain your integrity with your music and who you are, you can ride that rollercoaster and not get bruised. Don’t take anything for granted.

Marie: Keep working and keep reinventing yourself and have your passion. I’ve always said if you’re not nervous before you go on stage to do a good job, than you shouldn’t be going on stage. And take care of your instrument. People joke and call us wholesome, but I’ve watched many of my peers lose their talents and overdose and die and get so out of it that they couldn’t even perform anymore. Be grateful for the gift you’ve been given.


Donnie & Marie Osmond Bringing Christmas Show to Motown

DETROIT (WJBK) - Star siblings Donnie and Marie Osmond were in Motown on Tuesday. The pair was on hand at the Fox Theatre for the announcement of the 2011-2012 theater series.

"Donnie and Marie -- Christmas in Detroit", the holiday show they originated in New York last year, is just one of several shows set for the Fox in the months ahead. The duo, which has been in the business for almost five decades, spoke with FOX 2's Lee Thomas and said fans love their Christmas production.

Donnie Osmond also has some great Detroit stories. Click on the second video in the player to hear his tale about meeting Eminem.


Marie Osmond Releases New "Country" Album (With Donny!)

NASHVILLE.COM EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Marie and Donny. Sound weird? That’s only because the brother/sister Osmond family singing sensations have always been billed as: Donny and Marie. (Donny likes it that way.) They’ve been performing for almost half a century together, first as children with the singing “Osmond Brothers” act, then as teenagers they hosted their own variety TV series, Donny & Marie (1976-79); they jointly hosted a daytime TV talk show (1998 – 2000), and since 2008 they’ve been appearing together at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas – after many years of doing other things without each other (Marie has been selling her doll collection on QVC for 20 years, acted on Broadway, had a few solo and duet hit singles; Donny hosted the TV game show Pyramid (2002-2004), acted on Broadway, had a few solo hit singles … well, you get the picture). Oh, and they came in No. 1 and 3 respectively on the hit ABC reality/variety television dancing contest Dancing With the Stars (more about that later).


Friday, April 29, 2011

Still singing Osmonds survive ups, downs of performing together 53 years

Being a teen idol kinda sucks.

So reports Jay Osmond, who insists that he was not at all envious when his brother Donny became the Osmonds’ de facto epicenter of female fan fervor in the early 1970s.

“I remember so much of the pressure that was put on Donny,” he said in a phone interview. “I never went through a thing where I thought, ‘I envy your situation.’ Because it was not really an enviable position.

“That up-and-coming star Justin Bieber reminds me so much of Donny,” Osmond said. “Donny went through so much of that. I hope that young guy can hold it together.”

It’s been 53 years since four adolescent Osmond brothers began singing barbershop music in and around their hometown of Ogden, Utah.

Several hundred occupational course corrections later, the Osmonds are still touring.

Three of the brothers – Wayne, Merrill and Jay – will appear Saturday at the Honeywell Center.


Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Donny And Marie Osmond To Release New Album On QVC

DONNIE AND MARIE OSMOND announce the release of their first studio album together in 30 years.
The award-winning duo will appear live on QVC on MONDAY (4/18) at 1P ET to perform a selection of songs from the new release on a QSESSIONS LIVE BROADCAST.

Fans will have an opportunity to pre-order the new album which has been specially-packaged for QVC with a five-track bonus CD.  For more information, go to WWW.QVC.COM.

(They misspelled Donny, not me)

New Osmond star sparkles in Waikiki

There’s a new kid in town, and just knowing his last name is Osmond is enough to raise excitement. Donny and Marie’s nephew, Nathan Osmond, is a multi-talented young man now performing in Pacific Swing Hawaii a live 1940s era big band spectacular at the Waikiki Beach Marriott. Nathan has Marie’s good taste in country music and Donny’s charisma and charm. The new energetic show features big band music, award-winning dancers and singers, and of course, Osmond stardust.

Today, Nathan released a video from Waikiki announcing the success of his newest release, “Sweet” from his “Feels Like Heaven” CD. Osmond has a rich tone that works well with many types of music. I’m hoping he’ll consider heading out to Oahu’s Halona Beach Cove and record a cover of Michael Peterson’s “From Here to Eternity.” Osmond said in a past interview that Hawaii was the first place he told his wife to be “I love you.”

MORE plus Photos 

Nathan Osmond on The Jimmy Star Show – Osmonds Family Country Star to Guest Live April 6 2011

Nathan Osmond country recording artist to guest on The Jimmy Star Show live radio show. Listen to the live interview online worldwide Wed April 6 2011 from 3-5 pm ET | 12-2 pm PT at w4cy.com Radio | Visit www.jimmystarshow.com for details

BYU: Donny Osmond visits Jake Heaps at practice

April 4th, 2011 @ 2:20am
By Dick Harmon, Deseret News
PROVO — Jake Heaps found a little added challenge at Tuesday's football practice.Donny Osmond showed up and told Heaps to throw harder.

The young BYU quarterback has invested a lot of TV time watching Donny and Marie Osmond compete on "Dancing with the Stars" in recent years. Donny heard about that and decided to attend BYU football practice and thank Heaps in person.

The former teen idol spent a little time with Heaps before practice on Tuesday and watched some of the drills before leaving for a flight to Las Vegas, where he'll resume performing with his sister Marie at the Flamingo Hotel.

Tossing the ball back and forth, Osmond teased Heaps, "Come on, let's see what you've got. Quit throwing it like Betty White."


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Donny Osmond visits BYU spring practice, Jake Heaps

PROVO — Jake Heaps found a little added challenge at Tuesday's football practice.
Donny Osmond showed up and told Heaps to throw harder.

The young BYU quarterback has invested a lot of TV time watching Donny and Marie Osmond compete on "Dancing with the Stars" in recent years. Donny heard about that and decided to attend BYU football practice and thank Heaps in person.

The former teen idol spent a little time with Heaps before practice on Tuesday and watched some of the drills before leaving for a flight to Las Vegas, where he'll resume performing with his sister Marie at the Flamingo Hotel.

Photos and rest of the story at this link:  DESERET NEWS

Friday, March 18, 2011

David Osmond pauses for SCERA concert

OREM — David Osmond is a busy guy these days.

He's performing all over the country, speaking at college functions and church firesides. He's recording new songs and serving as the ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

So why is he more than fine with taking a weekend to do not one, but two shows in Orem at the 450-seat SCERA Center for the Arts?

"My wife is seven months pregnant and I promised her I'd stay close around. I've been traveling a ton," Osmond said. "And the SCERA keeps asking. They ask me a lot."

He feels a pull to perform where his father and The Osmond Brothers started out and he really likes putting on shows for the hometown crowd. So he said "yes" to a concert.

The word spread and the concert sold out so quickly that the SCERA management asked him if he'd do a second concert the same night.

"It'll be fun. It's what I love to do," Osmond said. "I hope that my voice holds out."

He's only joking, of course.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Western Governors University graduate spreading hope - ksl.com

SALT LAKE CITY -- Thousands of people graduated from Western Governors University Saturday. Among them -- an impressive man who's overcome big odds and is now spreading hope around the world.
Walking to the sound of the graduation march, 255 students filed into Abravanel Hall to receive their diplomas. Osmond family member Justin Osmond was with them.
Justin has lost 90-percent of his hearing, but he didn't let that hold him back from earning his master's degree.
"It's been a great journey for me and I'm a better person because of it," he said. "I hope I can take what I've learned, go out in the world and make a difference."
Justin is already making a difference with a foundation that helps children around the world who have lost their hearing.

Western Governors University graduate spreading hope - ksl.com

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

What have I been up to?

Have you been following Merrill's new blog? 

I know it’s been awhile since I updated my blog but in the next few weeks I’ll try to catch up on some great things that have happened in the last few months. I’ll talk about my new Love Song CD, some of the places I’m going both on tour and off. 

See More: Merrill Osmond Live Journal  

"The Wii Fitters"

"The Wii Fitters"

Yesterday afternoon we drove down to Steve's house for the weekend. Anneli met a couple of her friends from Richmond in Arizona for a short vacation. The grandchildren had a new toy - a Wii Fit and we had so much fun doing the "Just Dance Kids" while Steve finished working for the day. What great exercise and fun we had together for hours. We even talked grandpa into taking a turn.

How are your fitness goals coming? I walked a lot on the cruise and will spend the next couple of days having fun with "Just Dance Kids." It's a great way to get some aerobic exercise. Has anyone bought "Dance Party" or an adult version that they have loved - to help me decide whether to buy this one or an adult version? The kids version was hard enough for me. Ha!
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'Jonah and the Great Fish' translates better to film

OREM, Utah — Not so engaging as a stage musical, "Jonah and the Great Fish" works much better as a film adaptation.

Originally performed on stage at the SCERA Center for the Arts, the film version of "Jonah," starring David Osmond as the main character, was screened recently at the LDS Film Festival.

Read the complete story on MormonTimes.com.

Justin Osmond beats the odds to speak at grad ceremony

Justin Osmond, the son of Merrill Osmond, was born with 90-percent hearing loss in both of his ears.

However, by practicing for hours a day, Justin learned to speak and even play several instruments, including the violin, piano, viola and drums.

He continues to give back to others who are hearing-impaired with the Olive Osmond Perpetual Hearing Fund, which he founded in honor of his grandmother.

To continue his non-profit work, Justin decided to go back to school for his MBA at Western Governors University, headquartered here in Salt Lake City.
On Feb. 12 Justin will graduate and has been selected as one of the student speakers at WGU’s winter commencement ceremony. For someone who struggled to speak, Justin is now making a graduation speech in front of thousands of people.

SOURCE: SL Tribune

Monday, January 24, 2011

Disney Cashes In On The Osmonds Family Act Formula!

Disney, the empire that Walt Disney built back in the early 1940′s-50′s has really hit its stride lately. WEith the success of their Disney cable channels and hit shows to boot (That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana, The Wizards of Waverly Place, The Jonas Brothers) they’ve been knocking them out of the park for the past ten years or more now. but what’s really surprising is the success of their radio stations Disney radio and recording artists to boot. With Hannah Montana, The Jonas Brothers, and Zack Ephron just to name a few Disney is raking in millions of dollars annually throug their record sales. A lot of the credit goes to their formula in packaging good clean family entertainment while keeping up with the current trends in fashion and music. They’ve done very well at it for a while now but I can’t help drawing comparisons to an older act that Disney helped to laung onto the world-stage a while ago; and they were the Osmonds.


Justin Osmond Hearing Disability & Boys & Girls Club Interview

Justin Osmond, a member of the world famous Osmond clan, talks about his hearing disability with a teen reporter from the Boys & Girls Clubs during the Starkey Hearing Foundation donation at the 2008 MLB All-Star game festivities in July, 2008.

Source: http://radiodownsound.com/2011/01/16/justin-osmond-hearing-disability-boys-girls-club-interview/

Radio Down Sound

Friday, January 21, 2011

Justin Osmond finds a way despite hearing loss

“When there’s a will, there’s always a way,” says Justin Osmond.

Osmond doesn’t just say that; he means it. He is living proof we can do great things no matter what challenges we face.

Born with 90-percent hearing loss in both of his ears, Osmond has had to work extra hard to find his way.
Read the complete story on MormonTimes.com.