By Bobby Mitchell

Bobby and Stacey told Richard Marx he should’ve recorded a Christmas album a long time ago.

“Oh, no – I should not have. Back in the day when I had album after album, single after single and tour after tour, the record company was after me from the get go. The minute I had my second hit song the record company was after me to do a Christmas album. I was in my early 20s. And I was like, I’m not gonna do a Christmas album. That’s what old people do. (pause) So here I am running around going, ‘Hey, everybody I got a Christmas album!’”

Richard has  just released his first Christmas album, Christmas Spirit.  The CD features 11 all-time Christmas Classics including O Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy, White Christmas, Silent Night, and many more, plus two new Christmas originals.

Richards has sold more than 30 million albums, with 14 chart-topping single.s As a songwriter he won a Grammy for Song Of The Year for co-authoring Luther VandrossDance with My Father. 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.

Recording Christmas Spirit, his first-ever holiday release, was something he had wanted to do for quite some time. The project was inspired by the Christmas songs he had recorded over the last five years with his three sons Brandon, Lucas and Jesse, at the request of his wife Cynthia that served as viral holiday greeting cards to family and friends.

Richard has also made a commitment to several different causes, from donating the royalties from his hit single, Should’ve Known Better, to build a room at the NYU Medical Center for pediatric cancer patients, to his 1989 recording of Children of the Night, which brought attention to the plight of homeless children on the streets, raising more than $500k for the Children of the Night Foundation. Marx has also performed benefit concerts over the years for the TJ Martell Foundation, Toys for Tots, Make a Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Best Buddies and the Special Olympics. Richard and his band entertained the U.S. troops stationed in Germany and, since 2008, he has hosted an annual event in Chicago for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the first of which featured a concert by Richard and Kenny Rogers. Richard has also organized an annual all-star benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raising more than $4 million for research to cure the disease.

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