Richard Marx talks about NSYNC
“I wanted a ticket on that train,” Marx said. “As a songwriter you always want to be on a team that’s a winning team. And there was no more winning team right then than *NSYNC.”
After he hung up the phone, Marx immediately wrote “This I Promise You,” the ballad off the boy band’s 2000 release, No Strings Attached. He even got a chance to produce the song for the guys, thanks to a recommendation from Justin Timberlake.
On Marx’s most recent live album, A Night Out With Friends, which was recorded in Chicago as part of the PBS series Front Row Center and was released in June, he plays some of his past hits like “Right Here Waiting” and “Hold On To The Nights,” along with getting the chance to team up once again with former *NSYNC-er JC Chasez for a cover of their shared hit. Though he admits Justin is great, it’s JC that made the biggest impression on Marx after working with the group.
“I love Justin’s voice, but I’m a huge fan of JC Chasez’s voice,” he told CBS Local. “I think he’s one of the best singers I’ve ever worked with.”
More than a decade later, the boy band craze is having its second coming and Marx says he isn’t against teaming up with newbies like One Direction and The Wanted. He does admit though that he’s still more than a little surprised by all the hoopla.
“I got to the point in my mind like…’There’s not gonna be another New Kids on the Block.’ But it’s another New Kids on the Block,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just sort of like, ‘There’s no way that would come around again’ and boy, was I wrong. It’s huge.”