Richard Marx, the Grammy-winning master of the love ballad, played an intimate acoustic concert this week at Hard Rock Live Orlando. As a longtime fan, I jumped on this assignment, channeling a previous life filled with spiral perms, frosty pink lips, and acid-washed jeans.
Marx has sold more than 30 million albums throughout the past few decades, including 14 chart-topping singles. His signature strong-yet-sexy voice remains flawless after all these years—the sign of a well-trained singer.
Beyond his musical skills, the man has a self-deprecating humor, which took me by surprise and kept my friends and I doubled over in laughter all night. Since Marx has a penchant for crafting emotional, slow love songs, the dichotomy was hilarious and created a dynamic show.
The concert included hits such as “Hold on to the Nights”, “Hazard”, “Right Here Waiting” and “Angelia.” I was surprised to learn that he wrote and produced “This I Promise You” for my friend Joey Fatone’s band, *NSYNC, back in 1999. Marx earned a Song of the Year Grammy in 2004 for co-authoring “Dance with My Father” with Luther Vandross. He performed both songs and shared personal stories about those experiences, complete with flashback photos on the large screens behind him.
Marx played acoustic guitar most of the night, but switched to piano toward the end, illustrating his musical prowess. While at the piano, he talked about courting his relatively new wife, Daisy Fuentes, and how she inspired him to write the song “Eyes on Me.”
Richard Marx continues his tour through August 5, 2017. Do yourself a favor, and RUN to see him if he’s in concert anywhere near you. It’s the perfect date night OR Girls Night Out. I even saw a few Guys-Night-Out groups. Trust me–they loved it just as much.
Visit RichardMarx.com for more information.
~Kara Robinson Photography. Gotha, FL