Richard Kaufman, conductor
Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross sets sail with Pacific Symphony for an evening of yacht rock featuring smooth sounds from the '70s and '80s. Such hits as “Ride Like the Wind” and “Sailing” garnered five Grammys for this titan of soft rock, while “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” won him the Oscar for “Best Original Song.”
Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning 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.
The self-titled debut album made Cross a superstar. In the wake of two more Top 20 hits, “Never Be the Same” and “Say You'll Be Mine,” he soon scored a second No. 1, as well as an Academy Award, with “Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do),” which he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen for the smash Dudley Moore film “Arthur.”
Christopher's much-anticipated second album “Another Page” was released in 1983 and produced the hits “All Right,” “No Time for Talk” and a Top 10 entry for “Think of Laura.” He charted 8 songs into the Billboard Top-40 charts between 1980 and 1983. Four years, two albums, eight hit singles, several world tours, five Grammy's and one Oscar marked Christopher's meteoric rise to the top.
Now, 30+ years after his extraordinary emergence into the music business, Cross continues his recording and performing career with a new album, “Secret Ladder,” that evokes the artistry of such great singer-songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman while addressing contemporary concerns head-on – a combination which is sure to please his loyal fan base.
As always, Cross enlisted the finest support musicians, including bassist Will Lee (of the Fab Faux and Late Night with David Letterman), drummer Keith Carlock (Steely Dan and Toto), guitarist Eric Johnson, saxophonist David Mann and vocalists Michael McDonald and Jeff Foskett (Brian Wilson’s musical director).
Cross has remained a unique artist, replete with that confounding blend of sensitivity, determination and conviction of his own artistry.