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Disney star coming to city

by on June 22, 2010

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After seeing Emily Osment for years on TV and film, most notably as Hannah Montana’s best friend Lilly Truscott, fans will now get their first chance to hear her in concert.

She will perform on MuchMusic’s first annual SodaPOP tour which will stop in Fredericton at a sold-out show on Monday, June 28 at The Playhouse. Osment will be joined by Toronto-born singer and songwriter Jesse Labelle, R&B sensation Danny Fernandes, dance-rock group The New Cities and new pop artist Alyssa Reid.

In a telephone interview with The Daily Gleaner from Edmonton, where Osment was on a tour stopover, she talked about her music, this tour and life after Hannah Montana, a Disney Channel hit TV show. Her character is best friends with Hannah Montana. Is Osment best friends with Miley Cyrus?

“Sure. Yeah … We have known each other for six years.”

When the show started, Osment was 13. No one, including Osment, had any idea it would be the mega Disney hit that it has become. Osment says she believes shows like this one don’t come around often. She calls it a privilege to work on a show where the writers made it what it was with great scripts that took into account the interests and tastes of the kid viewers.

“We had a lot of fun. In the beginning it was kind of like playing myself because at that age I was goofy and crazy and I didn’t really care what anyone else thought of me. Both of us grew up and they adjusted the character a bit.”

This 18-year-old, who resides in Los Angeles, is now focusing on her music and part of that includes this seven-week tour which she calls a whole lot of fun.

“I love being on the road and seeing all of these kids and I love playing music with my band. It’s like a party all the time.”

When she goes out on stage, the audience goes a little crazy and perhaps, she says, it’s because of the Hannah Montana show. Fans that have seen her on TV are now getting to know her for her vocal talents. Often she is asked whether she prefers music or acting.

“I hate this question. I can’t tell you honestly. I love both so much and both are very different.”

Osment began working on All the Right Wrongs more than two years ago with such collaborators as the Plain White T’s’ Tom Higgenson, Eve 6’s Max Collins and Tony Fagenson and noted songwriters Matt Bair and Tim Pagnotta.

Songs on the EP include everything from high-energy sounds that get you up on your feet to emotionally, gut-wrenching ballads that reveal that she grapples with the same joys, fears and heartbreaks all of us face.

Osment says she doesn’t have an album favourite but on her next album there’s a song called 1 800 Clap Your Hands that she says she really likes and is one that she is most proud of.

“We play it on tour and we have so much fun with it.”

This show at The Playhouse, she says, is going to be a lot of fun and people who come to see her and the other performers need to get ready to spend a lot of time on their feet dancing.

“Because that’s what we do on stage and they should come prepared to have a good time. We have a fan-fest after the show and I get to meet all of the kids and hang out for a bit.”

All of her fans who see her in concert will want to hear songs they are familiar with such as the high energy All The Way Up, which is a song about not letting anyone or anything keep you from reaching your dreams.

Osment is viewed as a role model to thousands of kids who have watched her over the past five years every day on TV. She has this piece of advice for them: “Don’t take anything too seriously. Have a good time. You are a kid. You are only a kid once. Stop worrying about what everyone else is wearing. Go listen to some music and be your own person. I wish someone had told me that. I was always worrying about those things I couldn’t do anything about.”

Influenced by her parents, both of whom are musically inclined, and her brother, Oscar nominee Haley Joel Osment, she grew up in a household surrounded by music; much of it classic rock ‘n’ roll. Now, her tastes run more toward Animal Collective, Led Zeppelin, REM, the Pixies, Portishead and Alanis Morissette. Osment is now working on some new music.

“I like to read and I write music all of the time. I like to do normal kid things. I go home and I hang out with my friends, watch movies, do yoga and surf at the beach.”

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