Osmond started entertaining with his
brothers at the age of two and a half! We've all heard the story... the
home-town performances...the break at DisneyLand...the Andy
Williams Show... the history. For those who have gotten to know Jay the
person, aside from Jay Osmond the entertainer, they know he is
down-to-earth, warm, friendly, and a truly kind and giving individual.
When asked what he feels his best quality is, Jay answers... "patience."
Jay honestly cares about the people who cross his path, and his
wonderful sense of humor is the icing on the
Born March 2, 1955, Jay Wesley Osmond
was the endearing little boy with the toothless grin whose face
followed the cameras. Today he is the proud father of three sons of his own. Jay was married to Kandilyn Harris Osmond for 23 years and they have three sons,
Eric Clinton, and Marcus Jay. Jay's oldest son, Jason, married Lauren Merrill March 14, 2011, and they welcomed son, Grayson, into this world February 5, 2013. Being a grandpa is a highlight in Jay's life. Another highlight - Jay married Karen Randall May 19, 2014. How does Jay unwind?...he enjoys throwing the football
and hanging out with his kids. To Jay a perfect day is when he can spend time with his family with no “have-to’s” to do. When asked what he
treasures most, Jay easily answers...the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his
He went from the little guy,
stopping his performance to pick up the coins the crowd threw, to
polishing into a multi-talented performer with the drive and tenacity
that has kept The Osmonds a “household” name for over forty years.
There was the first television appearance on Disney After Dark in
1961...The Andy Williams Show beginning in 1962...The Travels of Jamie
McPheeters show in 1963...The Seven Little Foys movie in 1964...and The
Jerry Lewis Show in 1969...not to mention recordings such as “Songs We
Sang on the Andy Williams Show,” “We Sing You A Merry Christmas,”
“Preview: The Travels Of Jaimie McPheeters,” “The Osmond Brothers Sing
the All Time Hymn Favorites,” and “The New Sound of The Osmond
Brothers.” Needless to say, these early performances and recordings
were just the beginning!
Jay is the youngest of the
original Osmond Brothers group. Jay says he was about eight years old
when he learned to play the drums...and learn to play he did. During the 70s, Jay was voted one of the top ten drummers in the country. In
1972 when Jay shared the lead with brother Merrill in “Crazy Horses,”
that single skyrocketed to being the Osmonds’ best selling single
overseas. Jay co-produced “The Donny & Marie Show” in 1976, and
was also the musical director and choreographer for Donny and Marie’s
dance numbers. Jay also choreographed the Osmond Brothers’ numbers for
television and stage. Jay became an executive producer of “The Donny
& Marie Show” as well as “The Osmond Family Hour” during
In 1981, Jay co-produced
“Marie” (an hour-long variety show), as well as the movie depicting
the life of The Osmond Family, “Side By Side.” The brothers
recorded several country hits during the 80s, but in 1985 Jay took a
break from performing with the family to pursue other things in
life...one of those things involved working
on his degree at Brigham
Young University in Provo, Utah.
Jay’s fans were
all too thrilled to have him come back into the limelight when the
Osmond Family Theater opened in 1992. Jay joined his brothers at The
Osmond Family Theater in Branson, Missouri, where the brothers
performed two shows a day six days a week. In 1994, Jay realized a
dream when he released his solo recording “It’s About
Time.” This cassette contains nine songs with Jay singing lead,
back-up, and of course playing
the drums! In 1996, Jay co-produced “The
Very Best of the Osmonds” CD and video along with brother Donny. The CD
and video are a compilation of performances including the Osmonds’
In Summary ~
The year 2000 brought a lot of
excitement Jay's way as he began the "Back On The Road Again" Tour. This tour has
been taking Jay, and brothers Wayne and Merrill, across the U.S. and into
Canada. Jay has been very excited about this tour, and looks forward to
many wonderful experiences with his brothers as they embark back on the
With February 2001, we saw the airing of the ABC-TV
movie "Inside The Osmonds,"
which told the story of the Osmond family as it "rose to stardom." Jay and
all of the other family members were actively involved in the making of
The Fall of 2002 brought something new for the Osmond
Brothers. Jay performed a morning show with his brothers Wayne and
Merrill, at the Country Tonite Theatre in Branson, Missouri. The 2003
season in Branson was very special for the Osmond Brothers -
they performed at Andy Williams' Moon River
Theater. Jay said, "It is like we have come full circle being
back with Andy again." Prior to the Osmond Brothers beginning their
"Back On The Road Again" tour in June
2000, they had performed with brother Jimmy at his theater in Branson for
10 years. Jay has many fond memories from Branson. The year 2004
brought many changes in Jay's life. He returned to Utah to complete
his degree in communications at BYU, and joined the forces of
Estate as an agent. Osmond Real Estate was founded by Jay's father,
George Osmond, and is owned today by younger brother Jimmy. Before long, however, Jay went back to what he knows best - entertaining with his brothers.
July 2003 saw the airing of "Being The
Osmonds," a documentary filmed by the U.K.'s ITV, and presented on
primetime television. This documentary brought all six performing
Osmond brothers together onstage at Andy Williams' Moon River Theatre for
a very special reunion performance (which was filmed live May 5, 2003).
August 7, 2003 brought a highly esteemed honor to the Osmond family.
All seven performing Osmonds (along with father, George, and older brother
Tom, in attendance), received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
This truly was a memorable day for the Osmond family and their
fans. All six performing Osmond Brothers were honored to be among
the performers for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness
The Duke of Edinburgh at the 75th Royal Variety Performance held in
Edinburgh November 24, 2003. The Osmond Brothers were honored once
again, when they received an unprecedented two standing ovations during
this Royal Variety Performance. Jay was especially proud to have his
oldest son, Jason, along with him for this memorable experience.
Jay, along with brothers Wayne, Merrill and Jimmy, joined Les McKeowns 70s
Bay City Rollers, David Cassidy, and David Essex to perform an extremely
successful "Once In A Lifetime Tour" June 21-July 2, 2005, in cities
throughout the United Kingdom. February/March 2006 took Jay and
brothers Wayne, Merrill and Jimmy back to the U.K. for another successful
tour. Brother Alan joined them towards the end of this tour, at
which time a DVD was filmed to document this exciting reunion in the U.K.
The performance dates - both in the U.K. and the U.S. - continue.
2007 marked the original performing Osmond Brothers' (Alan, Wayne, Merrill
and Jay) 50th anniversary in the entertainment business. The Osmond
talent, and their fans, have stood the test of time, and Jay feels very
blessed to have enjoyed such a rewarding career in show business. An
exciting celebration took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 12-14, 2007.
Three sold-out performances were filmed for a PBS special which aired in March
2008, and a DVD of the
celebration was released in December 2007.
Click here for a re-cap of the events
surrounding the 50th Anniversary Celebration kick-off in Las Vegas.
The celebration continued with a 50th Anniversary
World Tour featuring 16 performances from
May 18 - June 21, 2008, and spanning from the United Kingdom to Australia,
and finishing in Asia. Fittingly, the family ended their first
tour together in more than 25 years, by performing with the Mormon
Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah July 26-27, 2008. Performing
with the choir was a dream of their mother's, and Jay was delighted to see
it finally happen.
2009 - Jay released his second solo recording, aptly titled, "It's
About Time Again." This CD features some re-releases from "It's
About Time" released in 1994, as well as some new selections. The
compilation represents Jay's all-time favorite songs. Jay also
penned his autobiography, "Stages - An
Autobiography," which was released August 15, 2010.
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Family Channel’s television special, “Famous Families,” which aired in
January 1999, Jay stated at the end of the hour-long program...“Am I
going to be remembered as a star or a good dad...I’ll take a good dad
any day over a star.” It is unanimous that Jay has achieved both. You
won’t find a nicer guy, a more devoted father, or a more outstanding
entertainer. When asked what he hopes people remember most when
they think of Jay Osmond, he answers... “I hope to be remembered as
someone who was filled with love, kindness, honor, and
Oh, and by the
Jay’s favorite color REALLY IS green!
Material compiled and written by Terri