The Ballad Man

His soulful,melodramatic rendition of Too late to say goodbye and Right here waiting made Richard Noel Marx,a shy guy from Chicago,an instant superstar.

Written by Suanshu Khurana | Published: February 19, 2010 10:07:24 pm

We’re right here waiting for Richard Marx,who will perform alongside the Backstreet Boys

His soulful,melodramatic rendition of Too late to say goodbye and Right here waiting made Richard Noel Marx,a shy guy from Chicago,an instant superstar. Marx,for all those who have consoled themselves with his teary,romantic ballads over the years,will perform at the NSIC Grounds,Okhla,this Saturday.

On his second visit to India,Marx,now 46,is performing at the Delhi concert of Rock ‘n’ India festival which also has boy band Backstreet Boys and South African band Prime Circle,all set for their gigs. And Marx seems very enthusiastic about his Delhi performance. “When I came to Mumbai a few years back for a private event I found that many people in India not only know my music,but were fans. I’m very anxious to come and perform there,” said the Grammy winner in an e-mail interview from the US .

His Delhi show promises to be a combination of rock songs and soft ballads,with many more rock numbers on his playlist. “It will be a shorter show than usual with all my hits,predominantly rock songs with a ballad or two,” says Marx,explaining that there are many other performers at the festival.

Marx started off doing background vocals for Madonna and Kenny Rogers before swinging a record deal. His first single Don’t Mean Nothing was a huge hit,and a game changer for him. “I sang for many different artists before I got my first record deal,and I learned a lot,” he says. Marx has a successful career as a music producer as well,promoting artists in pop,rock and R&B. As for an India connect,Marx listened to AR Rahman after Slumdog Millionaire. “Ringo Starr recently introduced me to Tina Sugundh,another talented singer from India,” he says.

Tickets are priced at Rs 1,500; log onto http://www.ticketgenie.in

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