David Osmond Sings Again
BYU I Comm Scroll
by Katie Ardmore
October 14, 2011
Musician David Osmond and comedian Ryan Hamilton will fill the Hart Auditorium with music and laughter when they take the stage Friday, Oct. 7.
The show will be in the Hart Auditorium from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $12 general admission and $6 BYU-Idaho student admission.
Tickets may be ordered at 496-2230 or online at www.byui.edu/tickets.
Osmond is the fourth son of Alan Osmond of the Osmond Brothers. He started performing with his brothers at age 4. Their band was called “Osmond Boys.” The boys’ popularity soared after their national debut on Bob Hope’s 1986 Christmas television show.
The group later changed their name to the “Osmonds Second Generation,” and they settled in Branson, Mo., where they continued to perform at the Osmond Family Theater.
David had to hold off on his music after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006. MS is an autoimmune disease that causes numbness and loss of muscle control, vision and balance.
Osmond inspired other MS patients with speeches and small performances. In 2010 the National MS Society presented him with its annual Spirit of Life Award.
Since his diagnosis, Osmond has improved dramatically and was able to return to his music.
He performed on American Idol in 2009 and has performed with artists such as David Archuleta, The Jonas Brothers and the Eagles. He also recorded two albums, “Reflected” and “Road Less Traveled.”
Osmond will perform after Ryan Hamilton opens with a comedy routine. Hamilton is a BYU-I graduate who grew up in Ashton, Idaho.
Hamilton started performing in 2001, and since then has performed in dozens of comedy competitions and been part of multiple tours. He is now a nationally-known comedian living in New York City.
Osmond and Hamilton have both performed at BYU-I before.
BYU-I Events Coordinator Don Sparhawk said the two entertainers were so popular that coordinators decided to bring them back for another show.
“It’s two amazing artists in one show,” Sparhawk said.