Brickman is already out on the road solo promoting his latest release, My Romance: An Evening With Jim Brickman, a live performance recorded at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City last March. Osmond sang “Love Of My Life” for the recording, which also featured guest turns by Olivia Newton-John and David Benoit.
Besides the new album and tours, he’s also fresh off a prominent showcase with a PBS pledge drive special that coincided with the album’s release in August.
It’s been a good year for Brickman, who is as adept at tinkering with his career as he is tickling the ivories.
He dropped out of a 12-year run as a successful composer of advertising jingles for companies like Coke, McDonald’s and General Electric in order to pursue a career as a performer at a time when instrumentalists were out of vogue.
His perseverance paid off with a contract with new age label Windham Hill. Once he built a solid following for his romantic piano compositions, he began writing for guest vocalists, and not just any jazz-torch warblers, either, but established stars running the spectrum from pop to country.
And it’s worked. Brickman has recorded with guests including Carly Simon, Pam Tillis, Collin Raye, and Martina McBride. So maybe it should come as no surprise that he’d tap someone who appears as disparate in style as Donny Osmond.
The former teen heartthrob has had a pretty checkered career as well, and generally made the most of it. As a member of the Osmond Brothers, he was already a star before venturing out as a solo act. After several hits as a solo artist, he made the move to television with his sister Marie for “The Donny & Marie Show” in the 1970s.
It seemed all downhill for Osmond after the demise of the variety show, but out of the spotlight he switched gears – literally – and was on the verge of a professional auto racing career when show biz beckoned again in 1992.
He gave up a promising racing career for the lead role in a touring production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which won him stellar reviews even though he suffered near-debilitating panic attacks during the tour.
Most recently, Donny teamed up again with Marie for a now-canceled television talk show. But with the exception of that one misstep, it looks like the risk-taking has paid off for Osmond.
The outing kicks off November 25 in Minneapolis and travels through 25 cities, ending in Pittsburgh.Brickman goes on to do a with a two-night stand with Dave Koz in Cleveland to ring in the New Year December 30 and 31.