2014 release, the first album of new studio material from the singer/songwriter in six years. Every track on the album incorporates an orchestral element, and the recording of the tracks was, according to Marx, 'a thrill beyond anything I've done in the studio. And singing these songs brought out what I believe are the most effortless vocals of my recording career, so far.' All the tracks on BEAUTIFUL GOODBYE were written and produced by Marx except 'Getaway,' co-written and produced with Walter Afanasieff; 'Forgot To Remember' co-written with Vertical Horizon frontman and frequent Marx collaborator, Matt Scannell; 'Turn Off The Night' co-written with multi-hit songwriter David Hodges, and the title track, co-written with Daisy Fuentes.
With 1993's Paid Vacation, Richard Marx's career was steered from more rock-leaning territory to the softer and friendlier landscape of adult contemporary, and the resulting album was much warmer and organic than his previous releases, most notably 1991's dark and brooding Rush Street. Paid Vacation's lead single, the acoustic ballad "Now and Forever," became a massive pop and adult contemporary hit in a time when popular music had changed from the corporate rock of the '80s to the angst-ridden grunge and rap of the '90s.