Birth Place and Date: Jamaica, West Indies, November 21st
Osmond Collins was born in Jamaica, West Indies and immigrated to the United States as a young teen. It wasn’t long before his love for music took him to a place of discovery. Marge Grudzinski, a music teacher in his high school, recognized his gifts and fostered his talents. In his high school years he continued to be given lead vocal for the songs sung by the school boys chorus and gained much of his initial stage experience. Coming from Jamaica, he was quite shy and unexposed to the world of performance but from that stage he went on to sing in church and after high school in his college years he entered the secular industry professionally.
Signing management contracts with an experienced music composer Elmo Christian, he learned much more about stage performance and also developed his arranging skills. In desperate times when no one could play his music he in seconds learned to play the piano. This was the first of many amazing miracles of his life. Osmond signed contracts with MCA Records after three years with Elmo. He soon discovered however that his love for the secular music business had died and his passion for Christ and Christian music had come to full bloom. Although the timing was off he surrendered the contract with MCA to head in a new market unfamiliar to him from a business point. It has not been without its ups and downs because after his contract with Elmo was up he went out entirely on his own.
Although during his years he performed on the bill with the likes of Stevie Wonder Melba Moore and many others, he was to discover a challenge would face his career. It got very quiet. Osmond went through moments of discouragement but with a prayer in the back of his mind he kept going on. When he surrendered his contract and entered Christian music, he prayed a prayer, “Lord don’t let me go out there until you have sufficiently prepared me.” During the years he was on the bill with the likes of Marvin and Vicki Winans, Hezekiah Walker, Curt Carr and the concert choir. After seven years of incubation, Osmond rediscovered an old high school friend Dennis Washington, who showed up needing assistance on his job. This one encounter lead to his first gospel CD and the resurrection of Osmond’s career. “Exalted One” was birthed out of a 40 day fast and restored Osmond’s dwindling ability to receive music inspiration from the Lord. This album introduced him to the European market and Africa. Since this encounter with Dennis and the birth of “Exalted One”, Osmond ministered for Benny Hinn in New Jersey, T.D. Jakes in Nigeria, Jackie McCullah and many others.
His European connections lead him to Tony Rich, gospel A&R person for Jet Star in the UK. Tony was to become one of Osmond’s most valuable friends who introduced him to the reggae arena. As a result of this relationship, Osmond’s true writing skill started to show up in “Walk the Walk”, “Do It Again”, numerous compilations and now to his most recent album, “He Will Restore”.
Osmond’s music hasn’t taken long to rise because his heart has always been fixed on one thing; reaching the masses for the glory of God. His unique style of reggae and music in general has managed to reach people of many religions, colors and race. His music has brought strong towering men to their knees and touched the hearts of both all ages from infants to seniors. Osmond’s ministry is well rounded and deliberate at the same time. He has risen many times for stretches of months to number one status on various reggae and gospel charts. Osmond has even had the honor to sing before kings and his music is even a part of the music collection of the King of Lesotho Southern Africa who at the time had hundreds of wives. Who knows if they were listening as well!