Monday, September 26, 2022

"Sacred Emotion" by Donny Osmond

Song#:  3937
Date:  06/17/1989
Debut:  70
Peak:  13
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Osmond surprised the music industry (and perhaps even himself) by scoring a major comeback hit with the #2 "Soldier of Love." The single came from a self-titled album that Osmond mostly recorded with songwriters/producers Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers. While it was great that Osmond was in the Pop Top 10 again sixteen years after his last one, the question was if Osmond could do it again. He gave it a go with this next single that was written by Sturken and Rogers. Lightening pretty much struck twice with the song nearly making the Pop Top 10 while hitting #4 at AC. It helped sell a few more copies of the album, which had already peaked at #54.

ReduxReview:  This was a good follow-up to the new jack-leaning "Soldier of Love." The mid-tempo ballad was nicely recorded and it featured a hooky, sing-a-long chorus. It was a good entry for the Pop chart, but it was an even better candidate for AC airplay. It's so funny. I think because he was just a kid when he became a star with his brothers, I remember people thinking that he was old at the time. Yet he was only 31. By comparison, Jon Bon Jovi was 27, Madonna was 30, and Cher was 43. They were all on the Pop chart at the same time. However, I guess because Osmond was considered a teen idol, it made it seem like he had been around for ages and that he hadn't really transitioned from teen idol into a viable adult music artist. This pair of late 80s hits changed some minds and it really gave a boost to Osmond's career.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song featured a sax solo by smooth jazz artist Dave Koz. During the 80s, Koz was an in-demand session and tour player. Like a lot of musicians, he got the itch to do his own thing and decided to embarked on a solo career. He signed on with Capitol Record and in 1990 released a self-titled debut solo album. It would feature a pair of AC Top 20 songs and that helped the LP get to #128 Pop/#48 Jazz/#4 Contemporary Jazz. His popularity grew from there and although he would never have a single reach the Pop chart, his albums would sell well. Twelve of his studio albums would make the Jazz Top 10 while nine of them would reach #1 at Contemporary Jazz. He has nine Grammy nominations to his credit.


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