Donny Osmond is about to make music history: this year he celebrates 50 years in show business. To mark such an achievement, Decca Records is delighted to announce the release of Donny’s 60th album.
Soundtrack Of My Life, is just that: a summary of Donny’s extraordinary life so far. Each track tells a story, tracing the high and low points of both his professional and personal life – from becoming a child star to achieving multiple No.1s, selling over 100 million records, and becoming a worldwide heartthrob.
The album opens with the first record Donny ever bought, at the age of 11: My Cherie Amour, the 1969 soul classic by Stevie Wonder, with that famous harmonica line once more played by Stevie himself! This is followed by the No.1 hit single, Ben, originally written for Donny by Don Black and Walter Scharf. in the early 1970s. As Donny was away on tour at the time and unavailable for recording, the song was offered instead to his peer and good friend, Michael Jackson. The track went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Song. Here, for the first time, Donny finally records what was meant to be his song.
Other significant tracks to Donny include Peter Gabriel’s Don’t Give Up – poignant in that it was the song Donny’s wife would play him as encouragement – and Elton John’s Your Song, which Elton was singing at a concert the moment Donny realised he would marry his wife (even though she was his brother’s girlfriend at the time!). Here, as with all the tracks on this brand new album, Donny has been respectful of the original versions, yet brings his own magic touch to some of the best pop songs of all time. Together with three original numbers, we have nothing less than Donny’s autobiography in music.
Donny has also launched his very own (free) app, tempting fans with the stories behind his new record and giving them sneak previews of each track. As Donny explains: “After fifty years of entertaining, I wanted to do something unique to celebrate a milestone in my career, as well as the launch of my 60th album. This app was designed to share the music that has affected me throughout the years. These are more than just great songs; each holds personal significance to a long-lasting career. In essence, these songs are the soundtrack of my life . . . so far”
Donny, together with his sister Marie, has just won (for the third consecutive year) the Best of Las Vegas Award for their show. What started as a six week run is still going six years later. So in between spending time with his family of five children and six grandchildren, Donny is entertaining the crowds night after night with his unstoppable natural talent, and experience of 50 years.