Richard Marx - Bio, Net Worth, Story, Personal Life, Married, Wife, Nationality, Age, Parents, Family, Height, Wiki, Awards, Facts, Band, Career, Kids
Richard Marx is an American adult contemporary and pop-rock singer and songwriter. He hails from a musician's family, his father was a jazz musician and founder of a jingle company and his mother is also a former singer. He is best known for his self-titled debut album which went triple platinum and its single "Don't Mean Nothing" reached number three in the charts. He is also known for his singles including "Should've Known Better", "Endless Summer Nights", "Hold On to the Nights", "Ready to Fly" and "When You're Gone". Besides, he is quite active on social media platforms, having around 184k followers on Instagram, more than 309.3k followers on Twitter, and more than 1.1 million followers on her Facebook page. She also runs a self-titled YouTube channel with around 687k subscribers.
Furthermore, he is also involved in many philanthropic activities. He supports and contributes funds for the American Cancer Society, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Mercy For Animals, ASPCA, Humane Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, he produced events and raised over $4 million for research. He is also active in the anti-smoking campaign.
What is Richard Marx famous for?
- His multiple-platinum certified albums, "Richard Marx", "Repeat Offender", "Rush Street" and "Paid Vacation".
- His singles including "Should've Known Better", "Endless Summer Nights", "Hold On to the Nights", "Ready to Fly" and "When You're Gone".
- Winning the Grammy Award under the category of 'Song of the Year' for "Dance With My Father" in 2004.
Where is Richard Marx from?
Richard Marx was born on September 16, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois, the United States as Richard Noel Marx. His nickname is Richie. Currently, he is 57 years old. He is the son of Dick Marx (father), who was a jazz musician and founder of a jingle company in the early 1960s, and Ruth Guildoo Marx (mother), who is a former singer. He is the only child of his parents but he has three half-siblings from his father's previous marriage. His half-brother's name is Jim Marx and he has two half-sisters named Nancy Marx and Judy Marx. He grew up in a mixed-faith while his father was a German Jewish and his mother was a Christian. He holds an American nationality and belongs to the White ethnicity. His birth/zodiac sign is Virgo.
Regarding his education, he attended North Shore Country Day School. After completing his schooling, he completely focused on music and began singing pop/rock songs from his early age, and achieved success in very little time.
Richard Marx's Career Highlights
- Richard Marx began his music career singing commercial jingles written by his father's company at the age of five. He was also seen in advertisements at a very young age.
- At the age of 17, Richard created a demo to showcase his talents, which landed in the hands of soul artist Lionel Richie. Richie invited him to Hollywood saying, I can't promise you anything, but you should come to L.A.
- Soon after, Marx started his career as a backing vocalist for Lionel Richie in 1980. His contribution as a backing vocalist in Richie's album, 'Can't Slow Down' earned him a considerable in the music industry, which was followed by offers from singers like, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, and madonna.
- His self-titled debut album, "Richard Marx" was released in July 1987. The album featured four hit singles such as "Don't Mean Nothing", "Should've Known Better", "Endless Summer Nights" and "Hold On to the Nights". The album became a massive success and also went triple platinum.
- In May 1989, his second album, "Repeat Offender" was released and reached No. 1 on the Billboard's album chart, earning triple platinum within a few months. Its singles, "Satisfied" and the platinum-selling "Right Here Waiting", both reached at No. 1. The same year, he performed the Beatles' Help at the Berlin Wall.
- In 1991, he released his third consecutive platinum album, "Rush Street". Its single "Keep Coming Back" went to no 12 on the Hot 100 list and "Hazard" was ranked No. 1 chart around the world.
- Marx's fourth consecutive multiple-platinum album, "Paid Vacation" was released in 1994. The song "Now and Forever" peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100, hi final top ten hit on that chart.
- His fifth studio album "Flesh and Bone" was released in 1997 on Capitol Records. Its single "Until I Find You Again" reached at No. 3 on the U.A. Adult Contemporary chart and No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Marx's compilation album, "Greatest Hits" was released in November 1997. It includes a variety of hit singles from his first five albums. The album released in Asia in November 1998 and included two new songs, "Slipping Away" and "Thanks To You", a tribute to his mother. The album was certified Gold in the United States.
- In 2000, his sixth studio album titled "Days in Avalon" released under the label of Signal 21 Records. Also, he recorded a duet performance with singer Donna Lewis for the Anastasia soundtrack.
- He renewed his contract with his former label Manhattan Records in 2004 and released the album, "My Own Best Enemy" which featured two hit singles, "Ready to Fly" and "When You're Gone".
- In 2008, Marx collaborated with Vertical Horizon's lead singer Matt Scannell and released an acoustic album, "Duo". It is only available on Marx's website and in the combined concerts given by him and Scannell. The same year, he released two albums "Emotional Remains" and "Sundown" on his official site.
- He played piano on the song "Here" and produced Matt Scannell's vocals on two tracks for Vertical Horizon's 2009 album entitled "Burning the Days".
- Marx's first fully acoustic album, "Stories To Tell" was released in March 2010. It featured several songs from several of his previous albums
- On 3 May 2011, he was invited on stage at the Curran Theater in San Francisco by Hugh Jackman. It was the opening night of Hugh Jackman in Performance. They sang "Right Here Waiting" together changing the lyrics on the last chorus to" Right Here Waiting for Hugh".
- In the summer of 2011, Marx collaborated with the internet comedy duo Rhett and Link, producing a celebrity endorsement for a colon-cleansing spa in Sacramento, CA.
- As a tribute to his late grandmother, Marx released "The Christmas EP", a five-song collection of Christmas tunes on November 1, 2011. In the following year, he released "Christmas Spirit", a collection of holiday tracks.
- In 2014, Marx released his 11th studio album, "Beautiful Goodbye" through Kobalt Label Services. The album included three songs Suddenly, "Have a Little Faith" and "To My Senses", these all previously appeared on Sundown in 2008.
- On February 7, 2020, his album, "limitless" was released on February 7, 2020. Its lead single "Another one Down" reached No 14 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart, giving him a span of 32 years at the format.
- Apart from his music career, he has also appeared in some films and TV series including "Coach of the Year" (1980), "Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Live" 2006 (2008), "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" (2010), "Stories to Tell" (2011), "A Night out with Friends" (2012), "Back in the Day" (2014), and "Life in Pieces" (2017).
- He appeared in the American musical reality competition television series, "Drop the mic" in 2017. He has also appeared in ABC's reality dating game show, "The Bachelorette" in the following year.
- In 2021, Marx appeared in the animated sitcom, "Family Guy" in the episode titled "Young Parent Trap".
Richard Marx's Awards and Nominations
Richard Marx has won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year Dance With My Father in 2004. He has also achieved three other Grammy nominations. He won three ASCAP Awards for Surrender to Me under the category of "Most Performed Song from Motion Picture" in 1990, for This I Promise You under the category of "Most Performed" in 2002, and for Dance with My Father under the category of "Most Performed Song" in 2005.
Richard Marx's Personal Life
Richard Marx is a married man. He has been married to entrepreneur and former MTV VJ, Daisy Fuentes since December 23, 2015. However, the couple has not shared any children together yet.
Previously, he was married to an American actress, singer, and dancer, Cynthia Rhodes. They tied the knot on January 8, 1989. The couple has three sons named Brandon Caleb Marx (born 1990), Lucas Corner Marx (born 1992), and Jesse Taylor Marx (born 1994). Sadly, the couple announced that they were divorcing in April 2014, after 25 years of their marriage.
On 24 May 2021, Rand Paul received a package with a suspicious substance, and he blamed Marx for inspiring the threat. Paul referred to Marx as being among a list of C-list celebrities to encourage violence against him. He said, “As a repeated target of violence, it is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to encourage violence against me and my family. Just this weekend Richard Marx called for violence against me and now we receive this powder-filled letter. In response to Paul's comments, Marx retweeted a video from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert parodying his song "Right Here Waiting" called "it's Not Richard Marx Fault That People Hate Rand Paul".
Richard Marx's Height and Weight
Richard Marx is a handsome guy with a fair complexion. He has a slim body physique. He stands at an average height of 1.77m (5 feet and 8 inches) tall and his body weight is around 73kg (160 lbs. ). He has a pair of brown eyes and his hair color is also brown. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.
Richard Marx's Net Worth
Richard Marx has earned a great fortune from his music career. He has an estimated net worth of $30 million as of 2021. He has made such amount of wealth from his primary career as a singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He earns an extra amount by appearing in films and TV series. He currently resides at his 5163 square feet house in Malibu, California. He also owns a property at lake Bluff which features lakeside views, a swimming pool, a gym, a home cinema, four floors, seven bedrooms, and a recording studio.
Trivias About Richard Marx You Need To Know.
- He began singing commercial jingles at age 5.
- He began writing songs as a teenager.
- His self-titled debut album had four tracks land in the top three on the Billboard charts.
- He is a vegan.