By Jae-Ha Kim
Tribune Media Services
3:23 PM EST, November 30, 2011
With more than 30 million records sold, singer Richard Marx's first seven singles, including “Don't Mean Nothing,” “Right Here Waiting” and “Should've Known Better,” hit the Top Five on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. A savvy businessman, Marx, 48, has made a second career as a songwriter and producer for others. But this holiday season, Marx is celebrating the release of his latest effort, “The Christmas EP,” with a worldwide tour. Go to richardmarx.com/tour for concert dates.
“For most of my life on tour in the early days, I rarely — I mean rarely — went out anywhere,” Marx said. “I was always concerned with getting rest and saving my voice. The tours were grueling in terms of schedule. I would often play nine or 10 shows in a row, then a day off, then nine or 10 more. It didn't allow for much sightseeing. Now I use touring as a great reason to get out and see as much of the town I'm playing in as possible.”
Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?
A: The One & Only Ocean Club in Nassau (Bahamas, http://oceanclub.oneandonlyresorts.com) is pretty amazing. It's an aesthetically gorgeous location, and the staff is expert at accommodating just about anything. I love how quiet and private the property feels. The food is also great, and the vibe inside the restaurant, Dune, makes it a great experience.
Q: Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A: One of my favorites is Westport, Conn. It's a quaint little town with good restaurants and the classic East Coast feel. I also love Greenwich, especially for driving around and “estate watching.”
Q: What is the greatest vacation spot you've ever been to?
A: David Copperfield's island, Musha Cay. It's extremely pricey, but we were David's guests one weekend last year. He and I are longtime friends. It's hands down the most perfect spot I've ever experienced. Because of his lifetime of worldly travel, David has expertly collected the best of everything and installed it all in one spot. It's the ultimate in quality from the bed linens, to the food, to the best jet skis, to the soaps in the bathrooms. There's an outdoor drive-in movie theater, and they'll also set up lunch on a sand barge in the middle of the water. Amazing. Can't recommend it enough.
Q: Where did you take your kids on vacation?
A: Family vacations are generally about relaxing and connecting with each other. When my kids were younger, we'd often rent a house somewhere like Turks and Caicos (Islands) or once in Tuscany. Some incredible memories.
Q: What are your five favorite cities?
A: Not in order: Melbourne (Australia), New York City, Heidelberg (Germany), London, Chicago.
Q: Where would you like to go that you have never been?
A: Israel is high on my list. I recently visited Moscow for the first time, which had long been at the top of that list, and it was better than I imagined. I'd also like to spend some good quality time wandering through Spain and Portugal.
Q: When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?
A: My iPod. My laptop. Some good granola, energy bars and Jelly Bellys. I used to take a sound machine to help me sleep, but now I just use an app on my Mac.
Q: What would be your dream trip?
A: Two solid months in as many nooks and crannies of Italy as I can find.
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