Christopher Cross brings his adult contempary rock to Bath

19/02/2019 by Richard Samuel

Christopher Cross was by far the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including Sailing, Ride Like the Wind, All Right and Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) is coming to the UK this October and he'll be with us at The Forum, Bath on Thursday the 24th of October. Tickets will go on sale 10am on Friday the 22nd of February through - all the details can be found here.

The Texan 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. In 1981 he went on to further acclaim by winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Arthur's Theme. In 2007, Sailing was named as VH1's Best Soft Rock track of all time!

Now, 30+ years after his extraordinary emergence into the music business, Cross continues his recording and performing career with a new album, Take Me As I Am, 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.

Take Me As I Am is a unique offering from Christopher Cross, a hybrid of sorts – the songs are instrumentals with choruses to create the lyrical landscape. This is not quite a “guitar” album, but it leaves the listener with no question about his expertise on the subject. Two very special songs are Roberta, dedicated to Christopher’s mentor, Joni Mitchell, and Truth with a lyric by Rob Meurer, one of the last songs Rob wrote before his tragic passing. This song is sung as a duet with Gigi Worth, a name that will be familiar to Christopher’s fans. Gigi and Rob were also very close, which makes her performance on this track all the more meaningful. The album closes with a song in memory of Rob called Alvah, (Rob’s middle name), which features beautiful string arrangements by Chris Walden.

In Christopher’s words, “It was a blessing to work with all these talented folks in the making of this album which holds so many bittersweet emotions for me. I didn't expect to make another one, but, as Rob reminded me once, it's what we do.”