Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, producer and best-selling author Richard Marx is a cultural touchstone whose influence remains steadfast in pop culture today having written and performed some of the most indelible pop hits of the late ’80s and early ’90s (‘Endless Summer Nights’, ‘Hold On To The Nights’, and ‘Right Here Waiting’). Now, Marx announces a new multi-genre-spanning album and debut on new label Shelter Records, ‘Songwriter’, out September 30th, detailing several decades of his discography and songwriting accolades across pop music, rock, country music and ballads.
Today, Marx also unveils the first preview of the album, the new pop song of the summer, ‘Same Heartbreak Different Day’, co-written with Lucas Marx (Katy Perry, Tyron Hapi, Refeci) and Michael Jade (Little Big Town, Andy Grammer, Rachel Platten). You can stream and download ‘Same Heartbreak Different Day’ here.
“I’ve had such an amazing opportunity in my songwriting career to write all kinds of songs with, and for, all kinds of artists,” says Marx. “It finally occurred to me that there was no reason not to record an album of my own that touches on multiple genres I love.”
Throughout his esteemed career Marx has made history as the only male artist whose first seven singles reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts, and now he’s showcasing this versatility directly with contributions from legendary American composer Burt Bacharach, Keith Urban, Evanescence’s David Hodges and more of each genres’ respective masters.
Over the years Richard Marx 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 and 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 and No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Album Rock chart. Marx’s follow-up, 1989’s ‘Repeat Offender’, furthered his early success, hitting No. 1 and going quadruple-platinum with two No. 1 singles, ‘Satisfied’, and ‘Right Here Waiting’.
Marx 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, the NSYNC smash, ‘This I Promise You’, and ‘Crazy’, the song he co-wrote with country music megastar Kenny Rogers in 1984. 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.
‘Songwriter’ begins another busy year for Richard Marx who last Summer released his best-selling memoir ‘Stories To Tell’, available now via Simon & Schuster, and this week officially as a paperback edition. The literary debut recounts the singer/songwriter’s life and career — where all throughout he offers a ruminative and refreshingly candid account of his successes and failures in the music industry as he’s experienced it over the last four decades. Also released last year was ‘The Vault – Vol. 1’, the first in a multi-run series of coloured vinyl EPs featuring unreleased demos and early material.
This summer, Marx will head out on the road in Europe before returning to the UK this autumn for a run of UK headlining tour dates. See the full list of tour dates below and more info here.
Stay tuned for more to come on Richard Marx and ‘Songwriter’ soon.
You can pre-order and pre-save ‘Songwriter’ here.
- Same Heartbreak Different Day (Richard Marx/Lucas Marx, Michael Jade)
- Believe In Me (Richard Marx/Lucas Marx)
- Anything (Richard Marx/Bruce Weigner)
- Moscow Calling (Richard Marx)
- Only A Memory (Richard Marx/Adam Messinger)
- Shame On You (Richard Marx/Jesse Marx)
- Just Go (Richard Marx)
- My Love, My Enemy (Richard Marx/Matt Scannell)
- One More Yesterday (Richard Marx/Chris Daughtry/Jason Wade)
- We Are Not Alone (Ricard Marx/Jesse Marx)
- Everything I’ve Got (Richard Marx)
- One Day Longer (Richard Marx/Keith Urban)
- Breaking My Heart (Richard Marx/Darius Rucker/David Hodges)
- Misery Loves Company (Richard Marx/Lucas Marx/Bruce Weigner)
- We Had It All (Richard Marx/Randy Hauser/Brice Long)
- Always (Richard Marx/Burt Bacharach)
- Still In My Heart (Richard Marx/Richard Page)
- As If We’ll Never Love Again (Richard Marx/Gary Burr)
- Never After (Richard Marx/Topher Brown)
- Maybe (Richard Marx)
RICHARD MARX TOUR DATES
AUG 25 Club de Golf Andratx Es Camp De Mar, Spain
AUG 28 Ancient Theatre Plovdiv, Bulgaria
AUG 30 Hibernia Theater Prague, Czech Republic
SEP 1 Nordea Concert Hall Tallinn, Estonia
SEP 3 Taxinge Castle Park Nykvarn, Sweden
SEP 4 Tonhallen Sundsvall, Sweden
SEP 6 Villa Belparc Göteborg, Sweden
SEP 8 Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark
SEP 9 Kulturhuset Viften Rødovre, Denmark
SEP 10 Godset Kolding, Denmark
SEP 13 Fabrik Hamburg, Germany
SEP 14 Passionskirche Berlin, Germany
SEP 16 Kupfersaal Leipzig, Germany
SEP 19 Deutsches Theater München, Germany
SEP 20 Gibson Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
SEP 22 Schlösser Quartier Bohème Düsseldorf, Germany
SEP 24 Alhambra Paris, France
SEP 25 La Madeleine Brussels, Belgium
SEP 27 Muziekgebouw Eindhoven Eindhoven, Netherlands
SEP 28 Koninklijk Theater Carré Amsterdam, Netherlands
SEP 30 The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, United Kingdom
OCT 1 RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music) Manchester, United Kingdom
OCT 3 Union Chapel London, United Kingdom
OCT 4 Union Chapel London, United Kingdom
OCT 6 Union Chapel London, United Kingdom