Marie Osmond Is Still a Little Bit Country

Her Yellow Radio Paved the Way

When Marie Osmond was a little girl, about a decade before she’d take the stage with her brother Donny on their hit variety show in the late ‘70s, she was already a little bit country.

“I got a yellow Disney radio for Christmas when I was 5,” she told industry publication Country Aircheck, “and it was always on a country station.”

She says that when she was growing up in California, she loved Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and Mel Tillis — all people she ended up working with.

Her own country pop hit “Paper Roses” came long before the Donny & Marie show, too. She says she recorded it when she was only 12.

“Hearing yourself on the radio never gets old,” she said of that time in her life, citing her producer — future Country Music Hall of Fame member Sonny James — the reason the country world embraced her. “He told everybody, ‘This girl could have chosen any style — and she chose country.’

“Because of my family, pop doors were open. But I remember looking at Loretta Lynn and thinking, ‘Any kind of music that you can sing about your life, be married and have children and tour, that’s the kind of music I want to do.’”

Osmond’s latest solo album, Music Is Medicine, was released in late April, and Osmond told Country Aircheck the tracks were chose to represent the events we all go through, like love and loss.

“Music can take you back to places in your life and document moments,” she said. “If music is medicine, this album is the whole medicine cabinet to me.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.