Richard Marx – American pop and rock singer
Richard Marx is an American pop and rock singer, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the author and performer of ballads.
Richard Noel Marx was born on September 16, 1963 in one of the largest US cities – Chicago. His mother was quite successful pop singer, and his father wrote short songs for commercials and television programs.
In the mid-1980s, Marx was a backing vocalist in concerts by popular artists such as Madonna and Whitney Houston. He sang with Lionel Richie at the recording of his super hit All Night Long (1984). Then he began to write his own songs, which were performed by Chicago and “the king of love songs” Kenny Rogers.
In 1987, his debut album was released. The album made him superstar and soon three of his compositions – Hold On to the Nights, Satisfied and Right Here Waiting – were at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1989, Richard released his second album Repeat Offender which became the most popular album of the year in the United States.
In the 1990s he began to write songs for other more popular artists again. For example, he wrote and produced the song The Last Words You Said for Sarah Brightman and also wrote the music for Josh Groban’s song To Where You Are (2000).
In 1997, the singer released his album Flesh And Bone.
On the 46th Grammy awards ceremony (2004) Marx was awarded one of the most prestigious nominations – Song of the Year – for the song Dance with My Father written for Luther Vandross.
In 2011, Marx presented his latest album Stories To Tell, which was quite warmly welcomed by the public.
The singer also appeared cameo in such films as Coach Of The Year (1980), Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Live 2006, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2010), Stories To Tell (2011), A Night Out With Friends (2012), Back In The Day (2014).
His first wife was singer, actress and dancer Cynthia Rhodes. Richard and Cynthia were married on January 8, 1989. The couple had three sons: Brandon (1990), Lucas (1992) and Jesse (1994). The family lived in the state of Illinois, in the town of Lake Bluff near Chicago. Right Here Waiting, his famous ballad, was written as a letter to his wife, who was filming in South Africa. On April 4, 2014, after 25 years of marriage, the couple announced their divorce.
Television presenter and model Daisy Fuentes became his second wife. Richard and Daisy were married on December 23, 2015.