American crooner Richard Marx opens up about the difficulties of working with Aussie country star Keith Urban – despite the pair writing a number of hit songs together
American singer-songwriter Richard Marx has revealed that Keith Urban can be fickle when it comes to writing a hit.
Marx, 59, who has written top-selling records for Barbara Streisand and U.S. boy band NSYNC, says that the Aussie superstar has trouble making up his mind when it comes to choosing which songs to record.
The pair had a difference of opinion over the tune One Day Longer, which they co-wrote for Marx’s latest album, Songwriter.
American singer-songwriter Richard Marx has revealed that Keith Urban can be fickle when it comes to writing a hit
‘This song, like several songs I’ve written with Keith over the years, was something that he was madly in love with while we were writing it and completely off it three days later,’ Marx said in an interview with the Herald Sun.
The Right Here Waiting hitmaker, who has sold over 30 million albums, said that the same thing happened when they wrote Keith’s 2005 hit Better Life.
After Urban rejected another song the pair wrote, titled Everybody, Marx recorded his own version of the song.
However, once Urban heard Marx’s version of the tune, he changed his mind and asked for it back.
Urban’s version of Everybody became a major country hit in the U.S. and reached No.5 on the Billboard chart in 2008.
Keith (pictured) has collaborated with Marx several times over the years – and each time he has trouble deciding whether or not to keep the songs they’ve written together
Chicago-born Grammy winner Marx also recalled his lifelong friendship with the late Olivia Newton-John.
‘For my 20th birthday, she took me to this beautiful restaurant,’ he remembered.
‘Which you couldn’t get into, but she was Olivia Newton-John… she was one of the most remarkable people I ever knew.’
In 2002, the two music legends collaborated on the duet Never Far Away.
Marx rose to fame in the 1980s with a string of hits in the U.S. including Satisfied, Endless Summer Nights and Hold onto the Nights.
The superstar will tour Australia in 2023, with concerts scheduled for Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Wollongong and Melbourne.
The Richard Marx Songwriter Tour tickets go on sale October 6
The pair have collaborated together on a handful of hits over the years