For seven years in the 1980s and 1990s, Richard Marx was as hot as a performer could be. He sold millions of albums, and such chart-topping singles as “Hold On to the Nights” and “Right Here Waiting” packed nightspot floors with slow dancers.
Decades later, having made more marks producing and songwriting for others, Marx is still game to play his own music. He hits Rocky Mount’s Harvester Performance Center on Sunday for a solo show.
It is the Chicago native’s first Southwest Virginia show since he played a co-headlining bill with Rick Springfield at Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in January 2017. In a conversation with The Roanoke Times before that concert, Marx said that playing solo, acoustic shows has provided him with some of his favorite performance memories.
Marx said in that interview that his father wrote commercial jingles for his own advertising company, and his mother sang on most of the jingles. He took after them, writing or co-writing 14 No. 1 hit songs for himself and acts in multiple genres, according to biographical information at his website. Among them are Keith Urban’s “Long Hot Summer” and Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father.” The latter led to Marx sharing the 2004 Grammy Award for song of the year.
His most recent album was a 2014 release, “Beautiful Goodbye.”