An Evening with Richard Marx

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Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

Season: 2020-2021

October 3, 2020

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

Richard Marx joins the TSO to perform beautiful arrangements from his incredible catalog of hits, including Right Here WaitingEndless Summer Nights, and Now and Forever. With an astounding 30 million albums sold worldwide, this prolific singer, songwriter, producer has also written chart-topping hits, including Dance With My Father for Luther Vandross, This I Promise You for NSYNC, and Long Hot Summer for Keith Urban.

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For Richard Marx, his 12th studio album, Limitless, came as a surprise for several reasons. The chart-topping, Grammy-winning artist, whose last solo album Beautiful Goodbye was released in 2014, didn’t sit down to create new music with a specific set of goals. Instead, Marx found himself reconnecting with that innate love for songwriting that set him on his successful career over 30 years ago.

Richard spent nearly four years writing and recording over various sessions in between tour dates. The process started with “Let Go,” a cathartic collaboration with producer Morgan Page and Richard’s wife Daisy Fuentes. The mid-tempo pop number arrived during a pivotal time in Richard’s life, coming to fruition just as everything around him was shifting.

The album also includes “Not In Love,” a co-write with Sara Bareilles, and two collaborations with Richard’s son Lucas, “All Along” and “Another One Down.” After hearing the songs Lucas was writing for other artists Richard asked him to work together. They penned “Another One Down” in less than an hour and recorded it in only a few more. The track represents where Richard is evolving as an artist, reflecting a catchy hybrid of his signature style and modern pop music, as does “Love Affair that Lasts Forever,” a sultry love song with a pulsating hook. The album’s closer, “This One,” is another collaboration, written by Richard and Vertical Horizon frontman Matt Scannell. The pair wrote the intimate acoustic song years ago and Richard rediscovered the track on his laptop, putting it on Limitless in its original demo form.

The album takes its title from “Limitless,” a buoyant, propulsive pop number Richard made with Michael Jade. On the surface it’s a love song, but underneath the lyrics reflect where Richard finds himself in his career and in his life overall. In many ways, Limitless embraces Richard’s history as an artist but also reaches forward, veering into new territory and embracing the idea that there are no rules. There’s an underlying sense of fun that threads through the songs, particularly on Richard’s collaborations with other musicians and producers.

Richard has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album spawned four Top 5 singles, including “Hold on to the Nights” and “Don’t Mean Nothing,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. His follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting No. 1 and going quadruple-platinum with two No. 1 singles, “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” He has since made history as the only male artist whose first seven singles reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.

Richard has also written on a No. 1 single in each of the last four decades, an accolade previously only reached by Michael Jackson. He has written with numerous artists, including “To Where You Are,” the first hit single from Josh Groban’s debut album, and 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.” Overall, he has scored 14 No. 1 singles (including Keith Urban’s No. 1 smash “Long Hot Summer”), both as a performer and as a songwriter/producer, revealing him a true multi-talented performer who continues to challenge himself and his fans.

In addition to being a musician, Richard is a committed philanthropist, supporting charitable causes like the American Cancer Society and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Mercy For Animals, ASPCA, Humane Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the charity closest to Richard’s heart, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for which his produced events have raised over $4 million for research. The musician has toured extensively for the past three decades, building a strong fanbase all over the world that only continues to grow. The legacy of his career as a songwriter, singer and musician is now well established and Richard is happy to continue on his trajectory, wherever it takes him.

Watch Richard Marx's official video of Another One Down!

Check out this video of Richard Marx performing one of his greatest hits, Now and Forever.

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