Marie Osmond takes singing career in new symphonic direction

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Osmond’s new album is set to release on December 10

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The coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill. It also slowed down Marie Osmond, but not for long.

The entertainer used the time to take his singing career in a different direction. She is cultivating her childhood love of opera with a new album and an upcoming tour featuring the Symphony Orchestra.

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Their concert special, “An Evening with Mary,” airs Fridays on BYUtv. Filmed among the red cliffs of the Tuacan Amphitheater near St. George, Utah earlier this year, Osmond joins nephew David Osmond (her brother Alan’s son) and “America’s Got Talent” finalist Daniel Emmett as well as the Southwest Symphony. has gone.

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The special features a sample from their 17-song album “Unexpected” which is due out on December 10. Backed by the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Osmond sings a mix of classical, opera and Broadway tunes.

“This album is pushing myself to be something other than what I consider to be Mary,” she said. “I listened to a lot of people sing different songs and they said, ‘Who is that?’ It thrilled me.”

Osmond stars in her third Lifetime holiday movie, “A Fiancé for Christmas,” to air on December 9.

“I love acting,” she said. “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do when I was little, but it never worked out.”

That’s because Osmond first hit it big at age 13 with his No. 1 country hit “Paper Roses.” At the age of 16, she and brother Donnie were headlining their own network television variety show. The mother of seven and grandmother of eight turned 62 at the end of this month.

In a virtual interview with the Associated Press, Osmond discussed his focus on performing with Symphony, whether to sing again with Donnie and what he learned during 50 years in show business. Comments have been edited for clarity and brevity.

AP: What inspired you to bring together classical, opera, and Broadway on your first album in five years?

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Osmond: I’ll sample things at the show. I was in Vegas for 11 years and so this gives you a chance. People, you’ll see them go, ‘Oh really? I didn’t know she could do ‘Nesun Dorma’. I didn’t know she could sing ‘Phool Duet’. I loved opera. I was the strangest child in my family. Even though I coined the phrase ‘I’m a little bit country’ and that’s my love for music, I really like to challenge myself. Some people like to play instruments, I like to play vocal things.

AP: You’ve been in show business since debuting at the age of 3 on “The Andy Williams Show.” Having worked with everyone from Lucille Ball to John Wayne, how did their influence affect you?

Osmond: I worked with a lot of people and sometimes I was like, ‘God, they have nothing outside of their careers.’ I never want that to happen to me because if his career ever went downhill, he did. You can never sit back on your praises. This is what I learned as a young girl that you have to work hard. You can’t say, ‘Oh, I had a hit record, I’m cool.’ You have to say, ‘What do I want to do next?’ You always have to keep going. This is what I learned from what I call a great entertainer.

AP: When you and Donnie ended your Las Vegas residency in 2019 and you left “The Talk” last year, how did it free you up to live life again?

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Osmond: I like to work. I am used to working easily 300 days a year. But at this stage of the game, for me it is not working for so many days, it is working smart. I was kind of watching my attention before the pandemic. I want more time to grow, to act, so it just got swept away like a pandemic. More than anything, I just realized that life is short and is really a priority.

AP: You’re hitting the road in December for a series of East Coast Christmas shows with Symphony. Why work around the holidays?

Osmond: I love event shows like this. There is nothing more thrilling than listening to a live orchestra and live vocals. There’s just something magical. This is the elegance in music. It’s so much fun getting out there and being with people. Don’t do five nights a week, but do weekends and special events.

AP: Any chance to sing at Donnie’s new Las Vegas residency?

Osmond: I don’t think so. We are musically different now than ever. He loves that boom, boom, boom. I like to sit back and explain why I am singing a song and help you understand the story behind it. I want to do symphonics because I can work weekends and then take time off. My husband and I spent 25 years apart and then we remarried and I love spending time with him.

AP: You and the rest of the Osmond family have taken a lot of grief from critics over the years. Still you persevered and remain popular. Is there contentment in proving opponents wrong?

Osmond: That’s a huge compliment, it’s more than a thank you. Hey, I never thought I’d be in my business for five decades, especially as a woman and especially as some of the things I would and would not do. I thought it would put me off, but it didn’t. It’s proof of who you are, know who you are, and don’t let it change anything.


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