Sound Advice with the Osmonds

Imagine being born into a world-famous singing family, without the ability to hear and understand music. Justin Osmond can relate. But he's not sorry. He says significant hearing loss was a blessing in disguise. Join Justin Osmond and his famous father Merrill Osmond, lead singer of the Osmonds, as they talk about what they've both learned from fame, fortune and family in Sound Advice. It's a weekly video podcast sure to inspire.
Mark & Sally Dietlein:  “Finding Joy Through Others’ Happiness”   (03:23:00) April 05, 2021
In the mid-1980’s, Mark and Sally Dietlein helped convert an old factory with a leaky roof into a theater with a round stage.  They opened up to a paid attendance of 25 people.  Over time, sold-out crowds forced the Hale Centre Theatre to knock out walls, add seats, and twice build bigger, newer venues.  Today, […]
Shane Osmond: Bond of Brothers   (02:44:00) January 29, 2021
Merrill Osmond’s family moved around a lot in the early years, and with it, his children became best friends. His sons Justin & Shane talk about this “bond of brothers” while each pursued an MBA at Western Governors University.
GENTRI: “Dare to Dream”   (02:40:59) September 23, 2020
GENTRI (short for “The Gentlemen Trio”) was formed in 2014 by tenors Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever. What started out as a simple idea to just produce values-based music has led to several #1 albums and tour dates all over the world–all because they dared to dream.
Justin & Kristi Osmond: “Healing Hearts through Adoption”   (02:53:59) August 25, 2020
Married in 2013, Justin & Kristi Osmond tried for years to start a family. After painful treatments and multiple miscarriages, the couple navigated through grief to find two little angels through the miracle of adoption.
Chad Hymas: “Always Rolling Forward”   (03:27:59) July 29, 2020
Almost twenty years ago,  Chad Hymas was living his dream with his wife and two small boys on their ranch in rural Utah.  A blinking red light on the dashboard of his tractor was about to change the course of his life forever.  Named one of the “Ten Most Inspirational People in the World” by […]
Gary R. Herbert: Work + Perseverance = Progress   (03:03:59) July 29, 2020
Raised in Orem, UT, Gary Herbert grew up painfully shy and grounded in sports. After a mission for his church and service to his country, he set up a real estate firm and lost his first political race by 36 votes. His eventual road to the governor’s mansion is a testament to service and hard […]
Alan & David Osmond: “Fighting Disease like Rock Stars”   (04:32:59) July 28, 2020
Merrill Osmond began singing with his big brother Alan when he was four years old. For the next couple decades, they literally sang side-by-side. In 1987, Alan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Out of the spotlight, he helped raise eight boys with his wife Suzanne. About 20 years later, his son David was diagnosed with […]
Elizabeth Smart: “Power in Surviving”   (03:39:59) July 28, 2020
In March of 2003, Elizabeth Smart was rescued after being held captive for nine months.  In the years since, she has testified to put her captors behind bars, helped promote a national Amber Alert system, and worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide for victims.  Even with the titles of “advocate” […]
Jon & Michelle Schmidt: “Overcoming Grief through Trust”   (05:05:59) July 28, 2020
Jon Schmidt began composing his own music in elementary school, and by 1991 he’d released his first studio album.  Over the past 30 years, he and his wife Michelle raised five children and became part of The Piano Guys—four musicians with over 2 billion YouTube views.  While faith has always been a part of the Schmidt’s […]
Celebrating Fatherhood   (03:03:59) July 28, 2020
Whether they are the master-of-the-corny-joke, or whether you’ve never even met them, we can all appreciate a dad and learn something from them.  Merrill and Justin Osmond talk about their own fathers, what it was like growing up in an Osmond household, and what fathers can do to make a positive impact on their children.
Alone in a Crowd   (02:30:59) July 28, 2020
Surrounded by screaming fans at Madison Square Garden, Justin Osmond watched his dad and uncles onstage perform some of the hits that made the Osmonds mega-stars of the 1970’s.  However, Justin’s profound hearing loss prevented him from understanding what his own father was singing about.  In the middle of 20,000 people, Justin had never felt […]
Hard Work and Burning Skates   (02:10:59) July 28, 2020
One of the requirements for the Osmond Brothers to perform on “The Andy Williams Show” was to do something new each week. One particular week, the show centered on ice skating and featured Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming. Wanting to perform, the brothers spent the next week learning to skate, and on set pulled off […]
The Olive Branch   (02:54:59) July 28, 2020
In the early years, Olive Osmond spent countless hours with her older two sons helping them adapt to profound hearing loss. Later on, when the younger sons and daughter achieved worldwide success, she set up a foundation to help children everywhere find the tools and education to better adapt to hearing loss. Today, Justin continues […]
Rising After the Fall   (01:41:59) July 28, 2020
In the early 1970’s, Elvis Presley recommended that the Osmond brothers get ahold of a friend of his–Chuck Norris. The brothers began to learn Tang Soo Do karate, and during one of their workouts Norris did a roundhouse kick that accidentally struck Merrill–shattering his back. And through it all, a powerful lesson learned.
Making the Impossible Possible   (02:06:59) July 28, 2020
Born with profound hearing loss into a very musical family, Justin Osmond immediately had his work cut out for him.  He was told there was no way to play a musical instrument.  One day, after turning off his hearing aids, he put a violin up to his chin and discovered he could “hear” the violin through the […]
The King and Kindness   (01:44:59) July 28, 2020
One of the Osmond family’s close friends was the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley. He treated Olive Osmond as if she were his own mother—calling her at all hours. When Elvis and the Osmonds were both performing in Las Vegas, he offered the brothers a bit of advice that has stuck with […]
Embracing Who You Are   (02:01:59) July 28, 2020
When Justin Osmond was born, it wasn’t common to screen newborns for hearing loss.  It wasn’t until he was almost two years old that doctors told Merrill and Mary Osmond that their son had profound hearing loss.  After being fitted for bulky hearing aids, Justin began the long process of trying to catch up with his peers. […]
Singing for Hearing Aids: Why the Osmond Brothers Got Started   (03:05:59) July 28, 2020
When George and Olive Osmond’s first two sons were born with profound hearing loss, doctors cautioned the couple to not have any more children.  George and Olive’s next four sons were blessed not only with full hearing, but excellent voices as well.  Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond began singing to raise money for hearing aids for […]
250 Miles for 25 Kids’ Hearing Aids   (02:46:59) July 28, 2020
Justin Osmond was born with profound hearing loss into a family known around the world for their musical talents.  Through countless hours of speech therapy and hard work, Justin was able to overcome enormous obstacles to become a noted author, motivational speaker, and yes, musician.  A few years ago, when he heard about 25 students in southern […]
Audition Snubs and Disneyland: How the Osmond Brothers Got Started   (04:35:59) July 28, 2020
You would think that an entertainment career spanning six decades and 100 million records sold would have begun with a little more glory.  For the Osmond Brothers, however, it began with an audition snub from a popular TV show and a father’s decision to go to Disneyland.   Through a series of “flukes”, that family trip […]