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Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Richard Marx performs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre on July 7

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Richard Marx performs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre on July 7
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From a press release:

Chicago singer, songwriter, and producer Richard Marx, named one of Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists,” will be bringing his adult contemporary/pop rock hits to the Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, July 7 at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $29 and will go on sale this Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. through, Ticketmaster’s national toll-free charge-by-phone number at 1-800-745-3000, and any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available, free of service fees, at the Mohegan Sun Pocono box office (1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre).

Marx has achieved countless highlights over his three-decade career, selling more than 30 million albums worldwide, 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” and “Don’t Mean Nothing,” which earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

His second studio album, “Repeat Offender,” hit No. 1 and went quadruple-platinum with two No. 1 singles, “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” When both his next record, “Rush Street” (with two No. 1 hits in “Keep Coming Back” and “Hazard”), and “Paid Vacation” (with its No. 1 hit “Now and Forever”), went platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop rock music history. 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.

For most artists, that would be impressive enough, but Richard Marx didn’t stop there, launching 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 NSYNC 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.”

Across all formats, Marx has scored a total of 14 No. 1 singles (including Keith Urban’s No. 1 smash “Long Hot Summer”) both as a performer and songwriter/producer, making him a true multi-talented threat who continues to challenge himself and his fans. He has also written with Jennifer Nettles, Sara Bareilles, and Vince Gill. He holds the honor of being one of a handful of artists who have had a No. 1 hit in each of the past four decades.

Releasing his eighth album, “Beautiful Goodbye,” in 2014, Marx created all new material that fans found unique compared to past albums. He set out to create a deliberately sexy album that turned into “a thrill beyond anything I’ve done in the studio.”

“The songs on this record were influenced greatly by everyone from Sade to Bebel Gilberto to various EDM artists to even Chopin. I’m known for romantic music in the past, but this music I wrote is all more sensual and ethereal, and the lyrics are more adventurous than I’ve been willing to go in the past,” Marx explained.

Marx has 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 recording of “Children of the Night,” which brought attention to the plight of homeless children on the streets, raising more than $500,000 for the Children of the Night Foundation. He 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.

Marx 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 him and Kenny Rogers. Additionally, he organized an annual all-star benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raising more than $4 million for research to cure the disease.