Richard Marx

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AvrilSinger/songwriter Richard Marx crowns a new deal with EMI/Manhattan Records with "My Own Best Enemy" due this week on the heels of the single "When You're Gone" featuring country star Keith Urban. The track recently peaked at No. 22 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.

Marx's last studio album, "Days in Avalon," was released in 2000 on his own Signal 21 imprint. In February, he won the Grammy for song of the year for co-authoring Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father."

"I had been working on this album for quite some time and I actually signed with EMI/Manhattan prior to the Grammy win," Marx explains. "It was kind of funny, because the day after I won the Grammy in February, I had several labels calling me asking if I'd be interested in a new record deal."

Although a tour is in the works, Marx says he will continue to devote the bulk of his time to songwriting. "I can't wait to front my band with these new songs and play for fans, but I've decided to keep my day job too," he says.