Osmonds Coming To Llandudno
by Judith Phillips
August 26, 2011
IF HOME was where the heart is, Jimmy Osmond would be living in Wales where his ancestral roots lie deep in the southern valleys. But as a dad of four growing children with widespread business interests in the United States he knows it’s only a pipedream.
“My family is from Merthyr Tydfil originally. I feel as though I’m Welsh at heart, and I feel a special connection with Britain, that’s why our tour next year will be bittersweet for me, as it’s the last time my brothers and I will be touring the UK as The Osmonds,” he explained.
Few people in popular music have a more impressive track record than Jimmy and his three brothers who currently constitute the line up of The Osmonds.
Together with brother Donny and sister Marie the family has sold over 100 million records and share 52 gold and platinum recordings along with dozens of prestigious awards.
But Jimmy, the youngest of the singing family, somehow manages to keep his feet firmly on the ground, and when we chat is open, friendly and approachable, unusual characteristics for a global superstar.
Perhaps it’s because the Osmonds are secure in their Mormon faith and were brought up by their parents to be family orientated. When I spoke to him, Jimmy and his siblings had gathered together to celebrate American Independence Day.
“It’s a bit chaotic with so many children and grandchildren around but it’s good fun,” he laughed.
Next year will be the 53rd anniversary of The Osmonds, and will see Jimmy celebrating his 46th year in show business, but he says the brothers have decided they will no longer tour overseas as a group, although he hopes he will be coming back to Britain for many years to come as a solo artist.
“This will be our final UK tour and we feel there is a lot to celebrate as we’ve always received such a wonderful welcome over there,” he said. And British audiences certainly seem to have taken Jimmy to their hearts as he has appeared on many TV shows including Celebrity Family Fortunes, Everybody Dance Now, and Celebrity Come Dine With Me.
He made his debut in London’s West End in Grease in 2009, and has appeared several times in pantomime. This Christmas will see him playing Wishy Washy in Aladdin in Swansea.
He explained: “I love pantomime, it’s not something we have in the USA and my friends think it’s strange. But my kids are really into it and I love the way you get such a warm reaction from the audience.”
Next year’s Osmond tour will bring the family to Venue Cymru in Llandudno and it will be the first time they have performed in North Wales.
“We’re really looking forward to it. Recently we were in Blackpool and my brother Jay and I got on a train to North Wales as we so wanted to see it. We visited Conwy Castle and were totally knocked out by its history and the beauty of the area, we can’t wait to come back there,” he enthused.