Date: July 29, 2019 01:43PM
"The Nashville Tribute Band released its "Redeemer" album in 2014. The album told the story of the life and mission of Jesus Christ, a task the band did not take lightly as they hoped it would provide opportunities to share a common faith in the Savior with like minded believers.
“We had to give everything we had on this because of the subject matter,” Jason Deere, one of the band's founders told Deseret News at the time of the album's release. “I knew this would be an opportunity for people who are not members of our church to see our level of commitment and passion toward our understanding of the Atonement and this person who changed everything for us. We put 100 percent in it.”
The Nashville Tribute Band has adopted Christian lingo and symbolism (in all my years of involvement with Mormonism I never once saw anyone us the ancient "icthys" or fish symbol as a sign of their faith yet this band has easily employs it) While the quote states the NTB's "Mormon-ness", Osmond's promotion of her concert with the band on her social media sites appears to intentionally leave that bit out. Nowhere does she mention that the event is organized and sponsored by Mormons but bills it only as an "interfaith concert".
I've seen many changes in the Mormon church over the years including their efforts to appear "mainstream". This effort (which, unless Marie Osmond is intending to defect is quite calculated) is the most egregious and sends rather a chill down my spine.