By Alison Baumgartner
What can audiences expect when they see five-time Grammy Award-winner, Christopher Cross? “To be amazed,” says Cross, who prefers to play more intimate venues like the Lincoln Center on February 23.
One of the most successful adult contemporary artists of all time, Cross garnered wide acclaim in the 80’s. He won prestigious Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. He later earned an Academy Award for “Arthur’s Theme” in 1982, which appeared in the movie “Arthur,” starring Liza Minelli and Dudley Moore, that became a sort of hallmark song for the era.
Playing fan-favorites like “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind,” and “Arthur’s Theme” with a group of jazz-trained musicians — along with selections from his nearly forty-year discography — takes Cross’ music to another level. “We love what we do,” Cross says. “And I think that comes across.”
For Cross, music is about the songwriting. “We’re doing what we do. We’re engaging the audience and want to connect with them. But first and foremost, we’re playing for music’s sake, and ourselves.”
In his more recent work, like his 2014 album “Secret Ladder,” Cross explores harder-hitting subjects, making social commentaries on topics like disillusionment and the lack of empathy today. “Now that I’m older,” Cross says, “I’m more reflective. Themes of coming to grips with yourself and who you are and where you are in life have become more mature as time has gone on.”