Musician Richard Marx performs at the Lyric Theater

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

By Alisha McDarris
Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.

STUART — Richard Marx, a chart-topping singer, songwriter and musician, performed the first of two concerts at the Lyric Theater Wednesday night.Marx has enjoyed 13 pop, rock, and R&B songs ranked No. 1 during his career and is the only male whose first seven singles made it to the top five on Billboard's singles chart.

Heartfelt songs like "Don't mean nothing" and "Right here waiting" gained him a loyal fan base.

The contemporary musician enthralled the crowd of music lovers with many of his hits as he encouraged the audience to sing along.

Between ballads he cracked jokes, referred to his favorite types of music growing up, and spoke to the audience like they were old friends.

Marx, who has sold over 30 million records since the start of his career in 1987, had plenty of dedicated fans cheering him on as he crooned his soulful ballads to acoustic guitar or piano.

"I think this is my 15th time seeing him," Debbie Rowland of Jupiter said. She also attended his performance at the Lyric Theater last year. Her daughter is a fan, too. This is her third time seeing Marx perform.

"I grew up with his music," Lorelei Kelly of Stuart said. "I'm excited to see him perform. I love his music and his voice."

Wednesday was the first time Kelly has been to a Marx concert.

While most of the crowd was over 35, several families, including the Dempsey's, were happy to be enjoying the show with multiple generations.

"There aren't many artists who appeal to all age ranges, but he does," Donna Dempsey of Palm City said of Marx. She was there with one of her teenage daughters, also a fan. "He has a unique voice. His music spans generations."

Marx will enchant music fans once more at the Lyric on Thursday evening. Tickets are still available.