It is hard to believe that Merrill Osmond has already celebrated over 50 years in the world of show business. To mark this, along with his brothers and sister, they have recently completed a successful world tour culminating in the whole family being honoured by performing alongside the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in a highly emotional concert held at Temple Square, Salt Lake City.
Merrill, the unique lead voice of the famous Osmond family is also an established solo artist, writer, producer, motivational speaker and philanthropist.
In collaboration with his brothers, Merrill has written the music and lyrics for five number one hit records and sang lead to the group’s collective 27 gold records – for many of which he shared the production credits. Collectively the Osmonds have produced 47 gold and platinum records with record sales topping a 100 million worldwide. The Osmond Family still hold the record for achieving an amazing 11 gold and platinum awards in one year, something not even surpassed by the Beatles. In 2003 the Osmond Family were honoured for their achievements with their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Merrill has received two “People’s Choice Awards”, five number 1 “Billboard Hits”, and two “Grammy Award” nominations. His remarkable achievements have also earned him notable recognition and honourable titles such as one of the “Ten Outstanding Men,” for the United States Jaycees. Most recently he was honoured with a Knighthood by the Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem in recognition of his philanthropic involvement with religious and charitable organizations.
Merrill helped to co-found the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). This is now currently one of the largest children’s charities in the world. It has helped raise over 4 billion dollars for children’s hospitals to date.
Merrill’s extraordinary leadership skills have been recognized by both President Ronald Reagan and President George Bush. Both Presidents have requested his expertise in producing two prominent events, “The Making of an Inauguration” for President Ronald Reagan, and on behalf of President George Bush’s Inauguration in 1989, “The Quincentennial Inaugural Ball.” One event that was special to his heart was, “Operation Family Front,” a special benefit and television program that provided for the families of servicemen in Operation Desert Storm. In the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005 Merrill showed his true intentional love for the lives he touches in his work as President of the Morrell Foundation when he accompanied their Quick Response Relief Team to the affected areas providing emergency relief, shelter and support .
Merrill has a wide variety of talents and interest that involves healing and wellbeing, he has produced a series of CD’s to help with relaxation and stress management.
Although, Merrill’s greatest accomplishment to date is his family. He has been married to Mary Carlson for over 30 years, and together they have 6 beautiful children. They currently have 9 grandchildren.