Bio Richard Marx
For most artists, that would be impressive enough, but Richard Marx didn’t stop there, launching a second, very successful, incarnation as a songwriter and producer, with songs like “To Where You Are,” the first hit single from Josh Groban’s debut album, as well as the NSYNC smash, “This I Promise You.” He went on to earn a 2004 Song of the Year Grammy for co-authoring Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father,” then accompanied Celine Dion live on piano for her performance of the winning tune on that year’s prime-time telecast. He has penned songs for the likes of Barbra Streisand, Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes, Natalie Cole, Travis Tritt, Daughtry, Lifehouse and actor Hugh Jackman, among many others. Just last year, Richard scored a #1 Country single in Keith Urban’s “Long Hot Summer,” his second with the Australian singer-songwriter after “Better Life,” from his triple-platinum CD Be Here, spent six weeks at the top of the charts. That gave Marx the rare feat of having songs he either wrote or co-wrote go #1 in four separate decades. Richard has recently participated in writing sessions with everyone from Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Sara Bareilles to Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, showing his remarkable stylistic range.
Across all formats, Marx has scored an amazing total of 14 #1 singles, both as a performer and songwriter/producer, making him a true multi-talented threat who continues to challenge himself and his fans. His previous album, 2010’s Stories to Tell, produced a Top 20 AC hit in “When You Loved Me.”
With Christmas Spirit, released by TourDForce through INgrooves Fontana, he has fulfilled that commitment in grand style. The album features a selection of traditional holiday songs, a pair of originals co-written with Dave Grusin and Fee Waybill, and a list of guests including Kenny Loggins, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, frequent collaborator Matt Scannell and Sara Niemietz, who performed with Marx on his PBS special after Richard’s kids discovered her on YouTube.
Richard has also made a commitment to several different causes, from donating the royalties from his hit single, “Should’ve Known Better,” to build a room at the NYU Medical Center for pediatric cancer patients, to his 1989 recording of “Children of the Night,” which brought attention to the plight of homeless children on the streets, raising more than $500k for the Children of the Night Foundation. Marx has also performed benefit concerts over the years for the TJ Martell Foundation, Toys for Tots, Make a Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Best Buddies and the Special Olympics. Richard and his band entertained the U.S. troops stationed in Germany and, since 2008, he has hosted an annual event in Chicago for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the first of which featured a concert by Richard and Kenny Rogers. Richard has also organized an annual all-star benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raising more than $4 million for research to cure the disease.“I’m at a great place right now, because my motivation is not my image, fan base or even album sales, which has freed me to do stuff I enjoy,” admits Marx, “and that makes it fun