Richard Marx

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PHOENIX – He’s had 13 No. 1 songs and sold more than 30 million albums over the past 20 years.

While Richard Marx might be best-known for his string of hit singles in the 1980s and ‘90s, including "Endless Summer Nights", "Right Here Waiting", "Now and Forever", and "Hazard,” he has cut 11 albums. He was the first solo artist to have his first seven singles win a spot in the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Three of those songs went all the way to No. 1.

Marx, a prolific singer and songwriter, has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Madonna, Kenny Rogers, Luther Vandross and Barbara Streisand. He said none of it was really planned.

“All the really cool projects that have happened in my career came to me,” Marx told 3TV's Tara Hitchcock. “They were things I didn’t chase. … I’ve found if I don’t chase things, really cool things just sort of find me.”

He doesn't just apply that to his career, but to his personal life and relationships, as well.

"As soon as I stopped chasing her, I got her," Marx said of his wife, Cynthia Rhodes, who starred in “Staying Alive,” “Flash Dance,” and “Dirty Dancing.” They’ve been married for 21 years.

“That’s like 90 in show business years,” Marx joked.

Marx and Rhodes have three sons – Brandon, Lucas and Jesse. They live just outside Chicago.

Marx takes the stage at Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30. Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main Street.