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Richard Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is an adult contemporary singer and songwriter. He had a string of successful hit singles in the 1980s including "Right Here Waiting," "Hazard," and "Hold On to the Nights." Although most of his successful songs were slow ballads like these, even more of his songs had an upbeat, classic rock style, such as "Don't Mean Nothing," "Should've Known Better," "Satisfied," and "Wait for the Sunrise." He is Christian and revealed in an interview on VH-1 Classic that his favorite song that he performed from his first, self entitled album was "Have Mercy."
Marx went on to release a number of other albums that went largely unnoticed except for Rush Street's "Hazard", which depicted a man's rejection in a fictional version of Hazard, Nebraska. He released Paid Vacation in 1994, Days in Avalon in 2000 and My Own Best Enemy in 2004.
He has served as a writer/producer for an extensive list of other recording artists, including Barry Manilow, Barbara Streisand, 98 Degrees, Kenny Loggins, Emerson Drive, Luther Vandross, Michael Bolton, NSync, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah Brightman, SheDaisy , and Vince Gill.
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