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Shows are super successful. The buyer gets more bang for the buck, spending the same amount on
4 to 6 names.
The audience gets to hear a variety of artists. Win Win!
For music lovers, the name Christopher Cross
conjures up a wide variety of images: the hard-rocking narrative
of "Ride Like the Wind";
the delicate introspection of "Sailing"
and "Think of Laura"; the
classic pop stylings of "Arthur's
Theme" and "Never Be the
Same". In these days of mind-numbing
overspecialization, the word versatile says a great deal about an
Christopher burst onto the scene early in 1980 with one of the
most celebrated debut albums of all time, collecting a total of
five Grammys for the surprisingly mature first effort, which
yielded four hit singles and sold more than six million copies
worldwide. The huge success of "Arthur's
Theme" followed immediately, earning an Academy Award
for Christopher, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter
Allen, and firmly established Christopher in the pop music
Throughout the eighties, Cross continued to make his own brand of
"pop 'n' roll" music, releasing three more albums: Another
Page, released in 1983 contained two hit singles, "All
Right" and "Think of
Laura". ABC's daytime show, General Hospital, chose to
use this as the theme song for the characters Luke and Laura.
Every Turn of the World, released in 1985, was delayed by
broken bones in Christopher's hand suffered in a wreck during his
foray into racing cars. This album coupled him with some very
talented writers - John Bettis, Will Jennings, Billy Alessi and
his producer, Michael Omartian, and revealed an edgier side than
his previous efforts. Back of My Mind, released in 1988,
continued his co-writing, this time reuniting him with Rob Meurer,
the keyboard player who had been with him since the Texas bar band
days. Steve Dorff invited Christopher to write a song with him for
the popular TV show, Growing Pains. The result, a tender ballad
titled "Swept Away" was the
love song in the "Hawaii Episode" and garnered an Emmy
nomination. At this point, Christopher and Warner/Reprise mutually
decided to end their ten-year association and Christopher faced a
turning point in his life.
Without a record company behind him, he decided to move his family
away from the "L.A. scene" and regroup. A revitalized
Cross recorded Rendezvous in 1992 which again coupled him
with Rob Meurer, not only as co-writers, but also as co-producers.
The freedom to create what was in their hearts resulted in the
intensely personal "A Fisherman's
Tale", the autobiographical "Deputy
Dan", and the signature balladry of "Is
There Something", written with Steve Dorff and Cynthia
Weil. Cross and Meurer teamed up again as writers and producers
with the release of Window. The first single, "Save
Your Sadness" (a remix of "Jan's Tune"), was
written for his wife. The single "Open
Up My Window" is a duet performed with Gigi Worth, who
also plays percussion and guitar in the touring band. "Before
I Go", an intensely personal song, will touch the
hearts of parents everywhere. He even takes time to poke some fun
at his Warholian fame in "Been There
Done That", written and produced with Dennis Lambert.
After the release of Window, Christopher and his band took
to the road, not leaving a corner of the U.S. untouched. His
first-ever European tour proved that Christopher's music knows no
geographical boundaries, a fact Japanese fans have known for
years. He also released Walking In Avalon / Red Room, the very pinnacle of
Christopher Cross music.
He continues to seek out his fans worldwide by regularly hitting the concert road, never depriving those fans of the early hits (played note-perfect) but always insisting on featuring a broad range of his latest work, the songs where his heart (and his art) truly lies. The audience response is never less than rapturous.