Richard Marx '81 (2007)

Richard Marx is a musician who has left a powerful mark on the music industry. With a career spanning more than 20 years, he has sold over 30 million records; performed nineteen top 20 singles as a solo artist; written 13 Number One songs; and received the 2004 Grammy Song of the Year, along with Luther Vandross, for "Dance With My Father." Richard is a 1981 graduate of the North Shore Country Day School. As an alumnus he has generously provided his time, talent and knowledge with Morning Ex performances and meeting with students.
Richard Marx is a musician who has left a powerful mark on the music industry. With a career spanning more than 20 years, he has sold over 30 million records; performed nineteen top 20 singles as a solo artist; written 13 Number One songs; and received the 2004 Grammy Song of the Year, along with Luther Vandross, for "Dance With My Father." Richard is a 1981 graduate of the North Shore Country Day School. As an alumnus he has generously provided his time, talent and knowledge with Morning Ex performances and meeting with students.

Richard's career exemplifies a broad spectrum of talents as solo artist, songwriter and producer. He began singing in commercials that his father wrote and was a background singer for Lionel Richie. From there, he rose to multi-format radio star in the late '80s with such Number One hits as "Don't Mean Nothing," "Right Here Waiting," "Hold On To The Nights," and "Satisfied." He subsequently emerged as a top producer working with some of the biggest names in the music business including NSYNC, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers and Sarah Brightman. More recently, he has written and produced records for Leann Rimes, Natalie Cole, Keith Urban, Chris Botti, Michael Bolton and actor Hugh Jackman.

Recently, Richard returned to the forefront as a performing artist with his first solo CD since 1997 — "My Own Best Enemy." In 12 songs, he draws a portrait of a soul at war with itself including meditations about impending loss, self-forgiveness, and a moving farewell to his father. While often praised in the past for his perfect pitch and polished sound, Richard himself scoffs at the notion these days. "Perfection's boring," he says. "It's the things that are human and wrong that intrigue me."

Richard's keen interest in "the things that are human and wrong in the world" has expanded well beyond the world of music to embrace a consistent and unyielding commitment to numerous charitable organizations. Perhaps closest to his heart is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Commencing in 2000, he organized an annual benefit concert to fund research for a cure. The succeeding multi-act, all-star concerts have raised over $3 million to date. He has donated royalties from hit singles to the New York University Medical Center pediatric cancer care unit and to The Children of the Night Foundation to fund housing for homeless children. He has also performed numerous benefit concerts for Toys for Tots, Make A Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, the Special Olympics and United States troops stationed abroad.

Richard has demonstrated a lifetime of commitment to his profession as singer, songwriter, producer and a lifetime of dedication to supporting charitable organizations whose mission it is to correct what is wrong in the world.

The North Shore Country Day School proudly presents the 2007 Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition to Richard Marx.

Presented September 28, 2007 by Tony Blumberg '76
President, Alumni Board
North Shore Country Day School
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