David Osmond's pedigree as a musician is a well-known one. The Osmond family has been in the entertainment business since the 1950s, with David's father, Alan, leading a successful group called the Osmonds and David leading the Osmond Brothers Second Generation.
But when Osmond became diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis almost 9 years ago, he had difficulties performing music and found himself angry and in denial. At the time of his diagnosis, he was trying to manage his disease by being healthy and hoping for the best but continued to experience 1-2 relapses per year.
"During my first major relapse, I periodically needed a wheel chair, and it was very frustrating. It's been a long journey since then," he remembers. "So I really leaned on music – it was my outlet and allowed me to express myself during this difficult time."
Tonight's episode of Top 20 Countdown will feature Osmond performing a brand-new song on the show–the track "I Can Do This," as Osmond tells us, is "about positivity, overcoming challenges, being your own advocate and being proactive in managing your disease. Even beyond that, it's about overcoming your trials–no matter what they may be." It's inspired by his own daily struggle with MS, but applicable on a much wider scale.
Tune in at 9/8c to catch the performance!
Before he played "I Can Do This," we caught up with Osmond to find out more about the song and why the Our Voice In Song™ campaign that he's currently promoting is so different from the other campaigns he's done around MS awareness and education.
"I was able to write a song that conveys that message [of positivity]," Osmond explains. "It's the inner motto I've always had of, 'I can do this.' It was inspired by my grandpa, ever since I was a kid, he said, 'No matter what you go through–you can do it.' And he kind of had this stubborn attitude and it wore off on me."
Osmond told us that he's constantly inspired by his family–his wife and his two daughters, who are 5 and 3 years old. "They encourage me to do more, to be an advocate and be proactive in managing this challenge. That's what the whole campaign is about–taking that support to everyone who needs it. I have a great support system, and I want to bring that to everyone who needs to hear it."
"I Can Do This" features a foot-stomping rhythm, accompanied by a synth line and a memorable vocal performance from Osmond. It's a bold tune that doesn't quickly leave your mind once you hear it, and Osmond says his own daughters have been quick to get it stuck in their heads when he practices it at home. As for the song title itself, Osmond says it's part of his daily outlook.
"I want to give myself a chance to be self-empowered, to be my own advocate," he says. "I work closely with my doctors and my neurologists, and I encourage everyone who has MS to do the same. Discover what's out there, there's a lot of great advancements in care and what we can do."
To learn more about the campaign, please visit OurVoiceinSong.com. David Osmond is working with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation as the national spokesperson for the Our Voice in Song™ campaign.
Top 20 Countdown airs tonight at 9/8c. Find Fuse in your area.