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.