Latter-day Saint Life

Jay Osmond Writing Musical Play That Will Tell "True Unvarnished Story" of Osmond Family


Jay Osmond, a member of the original singing group the Osmond Brothers, is set to tell the "true unvarnished story" of the Osmond family. 

In almost every way imaginable in the entertainment world, the Osmonds were different — a clean-living, clean-talking, clean-performing bunch that didn’t drink, do drugs, curse or complain, all while singing rock 'n' roll and praising the Lord.

“Some of the obstacles and opposition we faced within the industry itself, and some of the ways we were disciplined as a militaristic kind of family,” took a heavy toll, said Jay. “Our dad was an Army sergeant, so we were raised as soldiers basically. The attitude was all for one and one for all, where we had each other’s backs. We were one unit and each of us had a role to play within that unit, which gave us purpose at a young age.

“We grew up with a lot of pressure to be perfect, and to recognize we were being watched. We were different, and our father made sure we knew it, and that it was OK. We had a mission to perform, and that was to lift families and to bring people to Christ.”

Story by Lee Benson, Deseret News

Lead image: Jay Osmond laughs as he and his brother Merrill Osmond talk about their lives and family as they work on an upcoming record at Rock Canyon Studios in Provo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News 

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