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Grammy Award-winning Singer/Songwriter Richard Marx Performs at Smothers Theatre

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Richard Marx will perform a solo acoustic concert Friday, Feb. 28, at Smothers Theatre, Malibu.

This show is sold out, but an in-person standby list will open starting at 6 p.m. the night of the concert.

Limited tickets, priced at $20, $36, and $40 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or on the Center for the Arts website.

Richard Marx

As a performer, songwriter, and producer, Marx has enjoyed a nearly three-decade-long career that has had plenty of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums, starting with his self-titled debut, which went to No. 8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping "Hold On to the Nights," with "Don't Mean Nothing" earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance-Male.

The follow-up, 1989's Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting No. 1 and going quadruple-Platinum with two No. 1 singles in "Satisfied" and "Right Here Waiting."

When both Rush Street (with two No. 1 adult contemporary hits in "Keep Coming Back" and "Hazard") and Paid Vacation (with its No. 1 adult contemporary hit, "Now and Forever") went Platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history. To mark the release of 1991's Rush Street, he embarked on a 24-hour, five-city blitz on MGM Grand Airlines, performing at every stop, a record that has yet to be broken. To this day he is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.

Marx launched a second, very successful incarnation as a songwriter and producer, with songs like "To Where You Are," the first hit single from Josh Groban's debut album, as well as the 'N Sync smash, "This I Promise You." He went on to earn a 2004 Song of the Year Grammy for co-authoring Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father," then accompanied Celine Dion live on piano for her performance of the winning tune on that year's primetime Grammy telecast.

He has also penned songs for Barbra Streisand, Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes, Natalie Cole, Travis Tritt, Daughtry, Lifehouse, and actor Hugh Jackman, among many others. Recently Marx scored a No. 1 country single in Keith Urban's "Long Hot Summer," his second with the Australian singer-songwriter, after "Better Life," from his triple-Platinum CD Be Here, spent six weeks at the top of the charts. That gave Marx the rare feat of having songs he either wrote or co-wrote go No. 1 in four separate decades. Marx has recently participated in writing sessions with everyone from Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Sara Bareilles to Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, showing his remarkable stylistic range.

The solo acoustic tour has already taken him around the U.S., as well as to China, Russia, and throughout Europe. In 2006 he went on the road with Ringo Starr's All-Star Band for 22 dates in North America, playing guitar and performing his own hits. He toured as an acoustic duet with Vertical Horizon's Matt Scannell in 2008. His recent PBS special, Richard Marx: A Night Out with Friends, part of the network's celebrated Front Row Center music series, featured superstar and Oscar host Hugh Jackman in a duet with Marx on a rocking version of the Box Tops' classic hit "The Letter."

For more information, visit the Center for the Arts website.
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