Christopher Cross made history when his debut self-titled album was released in 1980. The album featured the international hit songs Sailing, Run Like the Wind and Never Be The Same. It went on to win five Grammy Awards, including—for the first time ever—the four most prestigious awards: Record of the Year (for the single Sailing), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also for Sailing), and Best New Artist.
An extraordinary song writer, Cross wrote all these songs and another of the most famous songs of the time – Arthurs Theme (The best that you can do) which he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach & Peter Allen and featured in the film Arthur that starred Liza Minelli and Dudley Moore. Arthur’s Theme won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Christopher Cross has also worked with some music greats and shared the stage with some music icons – from Mike McDonald – who sang backing vocals on Ride Like The Wind through to singing backing vocals with Carl Wilson on David Lee Roth’s version of California Girls.
Early in his career Christopher Cross and his band were the opening band for Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull whilst in 1970 he subbed in for Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple for a show in San Antonio.
Thirty years since his stellar debut into the music business, Cross continues touring and recording. He has released multiple albums and continued to contribute to film and tv soundtracks – including shows such as 30 Rock (he wrote Lemon’s Theme for the soundtrack).
A new album is scheduled for this year – release date and title to be confirmed and is the follow up to the 2014 release Secret Ladder.
“I’ve also been hard at work on a new, as yet untitled, album. Many fans have been asking for a guitar-centric album, and this is my answer. The first song I wrote and recorded as tribute to my mentor Joni Mitchell, called “Roberta.” The remaining tracks are in much the same “pseudo instrumental” style. The album will have 12 tracks and will feature me on guitar, Andy Suzuki on sax, and Eddy Hobizal on keys. Will Lee and Keith Carlock will reprise their amazing bass and drum roles that you heard on Secret Ladder.”
Secret Ladder is out now via iTunes and all digital platforms
Check out Christopher Cross on the following tour dates…