Attention, Osmond Fans: Donny Osmond will be joining RootsTech London! Osmond will grace the stage on Saturday, 26 October, at 11 a.m. To help you get to know this exciting guest, here are 3 facts about Donny Osmond.

Branches of the Osmond family tree can be traced back to the early 1100s

Osmond and his family are very proud of their family tree. In fact, they have published an entire websiteThe Osmond Family Organization—dedicated to their family history.  

The majority of the Osmond family tree
originates in the United Kingdom. In fact, Osmond calls the UK his second home.
BBC ONE Wales premiered a two-part special called Donny Osmond Coming
Home
 where local
genealogists traced his Merthyr Tydfil ancestors and Welsh roots clear back to
1585.

He and his brothers also performed for the Queen of England at the Royal Variety Performance in 2003.

Osmond’s music career spans over 5 decades

During his time in the entertainment industry,
specifically the music industry, Osmond has earned 33 gold records, recorded 61
albums, and sold well over 100 million albums worldwide. In fact, Osmond is
currently working on his 62nd album.

Throughout his illustrious music career,
Osmond has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists all across the
globe. In 2007 Osmond performed alongside the likes of Elton John, Rod Stewart,
Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Kanye West, and Fergie at the Concert for Diana at the then-newly-built Wembley Stadium
in London in honor of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

The concert was broadcast to 140 different
countries, reaching an audience of approximately 500 million. When tickets went
on sale in late 2006, all 22,500 tickets sold out in just 17 minutes. An
additional 63,000 people showed up the day of. Osmond also collaborated with
rapper Lil Yachty in August of 2018 to record a jingle and music video
for Chef Boyardee.

Osmond has also performed onstage with Cher
(with the Osmond Brothers), Susan Boyle, The Tabernacle Choir
at Temple Square
, Stevie Wonder, Glen
Campbell, and Jim Brickman. The Osmonds were also featured on the UK
album Ultimate Boy Bands alongside *NSYNC, The Monkees, The
Jackson 5, Backstreet Boys, and Boyz II Men.

Osmond also took his musical skills to the stage. He starred in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which ran for 6 years—during which time Osmond headlined more than 2,000 performances. Osmond also starred on Broadway as Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Alongside his music career, Osmond has also
had quite the TV and movie career

Osmond’s first TV appearance was on The
Andy Williams Show
 when he was just 5 years old! This launched his career
in the entertainment industry. Since then, Osmond has appeared on a number of
television shows, including headlining a variety show with his sister
Marie. 

The Donny and Marie Show made the siblings the youngest stars to
host their own variety show. The show premiered on January 23, 1976, and saw
guests such as Chuck Norris, David Copperfield, Andy Griffith, Charo, Dick Van
Dyke, Tina Turner, and Merle Haggard. In 1977 the Osmonds hosted the television
debut of the first Star Wars characters.

In addition to The Donny and Marie
Show
, Osmond has been seen on Sesame StreetThe Love
Boat
Johnny BravoThe King of QueensHannah
Montana
, and Friends. Osmond has also made multiple appearances
on Dancing with the Stars. His first appearance was as a contestant
in 2009 where he, along with professional Kym Johnson, won the mirror ball
trophy. Since 2009 Osmond has been back as both a guest performer and a guest
judge.

More recently Osmond shocked the internet when it was revealed that he was the man behind the Peacock on the hit US TV show The Masked Singer’s  inaugural season.

Osmond’s movie career started in 1978
with Goin’ Coconuts alongside his sister Marie. Both appeared
as themselves. Just 20 years later Osmond lent his voice to the Disney
hit, Mulan. Osmond became the singing voice of Captain Li Shang for
the now classic song “I’ll Make a Man Out Of You,” which has been viewed on the
official Disney YouTube channel well over 44 million times and listened
to on Spotify alone over 118 million times.

Since the success of Mulan, Osmond
has been seen in the movie adaptation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat, Bob the Builder: Built to be Wild,
 and College Road
Trip.

Osmond was last seen on the RootsTech stage in 2015, and we are thrilled that he will be joining London RootsTech as well. Check out Rootstech London to register today or for travel and accommodations information.

Source: New on FamilySearch