Richard Marx has never felt more satisfied than he does today.
The multi-Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter resides in Malibu with his wife of nearly two years, television host, model and businesswoman Daisy Fuentes. And when the couple is not starting their day walking along the beach, they are traveling the world together for Marx’s concerts.
“I come off stage from having these really amazing shows with these amazing audiences, and Daisy finds a really great place to go to dinner to celebrate the night or the next day, we’ll find a really great hiking trail in whatever town we’re in,” said Marx in a recent phone interview, “It’s like I’m seeing the world all over again with somewhat different eyes.”
The Chicago native has put in the work for three decades to get to what he describes as a “sweet spot in his career,” since his self-titled debut album in 1987 which spawned four singles – including the hits “Hold on to the Nights” and “Don’t Mean Nothing,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for best male rock vocal performance. His 1989 follow-up album, “Repeat Offender” was even more successful, with hit singles “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.”
Marx’s stream of major hit singles throughout the ’80s and ’90s often fell into the ballad genre, including “Now and Forever” and the 1997 duet “At the Beginning” with singer Donna Lewis, but his music also has a pop and classic rock sound, such as the songs “Too Late to Say Goodbye” and “Should’ve Known Better.” Throughout his 30-year career, Marx has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and continues to hold the record for being the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the top five of the Billboard singles chart.
“Even though I had success pretty young, it was never a thought to rest on that and not push myself to do better things or different things. … I’m proud there is a lot of variety in the music that I’ve made and it’s not like a bunch of songs that sound like the same song regurgitated,” said Marx, “That’s always been something that’s been important to me. I’ve always been known as a versatile artist.”
Marx, who turned 54 on Sept. 16, maintains a consistent touring schedule, performing solo acoustic shows and full-band concerts around the world. He and his band will make a stop at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach on Friday, Sept. 22 for the annual Summer Concert Series.