Richard Marx is an American adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician and
record producer. He has sold over 30 million records world wide.
Richard Noel Marx
September 16, 1963 (age
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Highland Park, Illinois, U.S.
Pop rock, adult contemporary, soft rock
Cynthia Rhodes (m. 1989)
Brandon, Lucas and Jesse
Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer
Vocals, keyboards, organ, piano, guitar
Did You Know
• He was the first solo artist to have his first seven
singles hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart
He has had a song he wrote or co-wrote in the top charts in four different decades.
Richard Marx Awards
Grammy Award for Song of the Year -
Dance with My Father
Richard Marx Quotes
As a songwriter, there's nothing better than winning Song Of The Year. But I couldn't really celebrate, because it wasn't right. Luther wasn't standing next to me, to receive the award.
But more importantly, I think he remembered how very close I was with my own dad, who had died in 1997.
But once you have some success in one style, the business wants to lock you in that vein forever.
I don't think it is pressure but I am aware sometimes, especially on this new album, that people were going to really pay attention.
I love when people get songs wrong. I love when people take something from a song that's totally not what I intended!
I think I do better when things are a little tougher.
I've never written a song that I thought was a hit.
I've never, ever in my life enjoyed playing live the way I am now.
It's funny; Luther and I have written many songs together, but we've never written songs in the same room.
People take songs so literally.
So it was just a case of getting a bunch of songs that I had been writing for years but hadn't recorded together, and the result was My Own Best Enemy.
When things are too easy I lose interest in them so I find ways to complicate them to get myself interested.