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Richard Marx has written hits for a variety of artists, from himself to Keith Urban to Kenny Rodgers. Today, the famous musician puts his writing skills into a book.

“Stories to Tell, A Brief” is now available for purchase.

The book is an extension of the successful solo acoustic shows that Marx began doing about nine years ago. Between songs, he shared true and funny stories with the audience.

Grammy-winning musician Richard Marx wrote a memoir, "Stories to tell."

“Over time, I began to judge the success of a concert after a performance by relying less on the applause for the songs and more on the laughter I had,” Marx said during a performance. recent Zoom chat. “Then I thought that each of these stories that I tell between songs is its own chapter in a book. “

In fact, compiling the book has become a pocket thought. That was until the Simon & Schuster publishing house offered him a book deal.

“It coincided with the pandemic so I wasn’t on the road,” Marx said. “I could concentrate and finish the book.”

Readers who are not die-hard Marx fans will probably be surprised to learn more about all the artists he has worked with and for whom he has written. Longtime fans will appreciate the stories behind all of his successes.

There is a humorous anecdote about an NSYNC fan that took place while Marx was recording the hit “This I Promise You”, which he wrote and produced for the band. Fans also find out why Marx’s number one hit “Hazard” is set in Nebraska, how Lionel Richie discovered Marx when he was still a teenager, and why he and his group had a terrifying confrontation with the Chinese Mafia. .

On another serious note, Marx discussed two frightening episodes where he fell so ill that he was convinced he was dying. The second attack occurred at the height of the COVID pandemic and her longtime doctor was convinced it was the cause. However, with many negative COVID tests later, Marx still has no response to the debilitating disease.

“I was joking with Daisy (Fuentes, his wife) the other day that maybe someone reading this book will say, ‘Dude, I know what you had,'” said Marx. “But I feel 100% good again.”

Marx said he often hears from people that they are “pulled” to his shows by a wife or girlfriend, but they come to appreciate the music, his sense of humor and his stories. The Grammy winner hopes the same will be true with his book.

“I want everyone to have a blast,” Marx said. “You don’t have to be a fan of mine to think my stories are funny.”

What you won’t find in the book are juicy, messy celebrity stories (although it does disclose a difference of opinion with Braid Paisley.) There are, however, a lot of names lost.

The song Marx is probably best known for, “Right Here Waiting”, was first given to Barbra Streisand. He explains in the book why Streisand ultimately didn’t record the song that sold millions.

There are also stories of how musical talent runs in his family, from his parents to his three sons. Readers will also learn about his friendship with Hugh Jackman and the chance meeting with his wife, Fuentes.

Without wishing to be too motivating, Marx said that he realized at the end of his book that it contained strands of intentional thought.

“I am proof that the quality of your thoughts dictates the quality of your life,” he explained. “I have always had this commitment to make things happen, to bring people into my life, and therefore situations in my path, and to carefully plan my journey. Writing a book has shown me how intentional my thinking has always been.

So what’s next for this songwriter who wrote 14 number 1 songs in four decades? He throws up the idea of ​​writing a novel and maybe even collaborating with his wife on a vegan cookbook. But most of all, enjoy life and be grateful.

“As a man who has always been so driven and so achievement oriented, I find myself, if things happen and they find me it’s great,” he said. “I replaced motivation with gratitude. Not that I intend to retire. I saw myself singing until 90 years old like Tony Bennett, concerned about his health. Why would I stop doing what I love so much?

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“Stories to Tell” by Richard Marx

A two-disc soundtrack is also available for the book which includes remastered versions of all of his hits, a few new songs, as well as tracks he wrote for other artists, including Vixen’s “Edge of Broken Heart” , “Better Life” by Keith Urban “and” Dancing with my Father “by Luther Vandross.

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