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DEADWOOD, S.D. (12/3/18) – 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. He will be bringing all his hits and more to the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center on Sunday, April 14th.
A self-described Army brat, Christopher's father was a U.S. Army pediatrician who was stationed at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1950's. Cross began his career in the music industry as a member of the San Antonio-based cover band Flash. Christopher signed a solo contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1978. His self-titled debut album was released in December, 1979. Besides featuring the hit songs "Sailing," "Ride Like the Wind" (with backing vocals by Michael McDonald), "Never Be the Same," and "Say You'll Be Mine" (the latter has backing vocals by Nicolette Larson), the album garnered five Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).
Cross released his second album "Another Page" in early 1983; this album featured the hit songs "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (as a bonus track on the CD and cassette versions only), "Think of Laura," and "All Right."
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.”
Tickets go on sale for Deadwood Mountain Grand Reward Members at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 4th and to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, December 7th. They will be available at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office – The Company Store – or at ticketmaster.com. Ticket buyers should note that TICKETMASTER is the only official ticket broker for Deadwood Mountain Grand. Beware of third party websites and offers. Both hotel reservations and ticket arrangements may be made by calling 877-907-GRAND.
For more information, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605-559-1188. To open your free Grand Rewards Center membership and enjoy the benefits of purchasing advance tickets ahead of the general public, bring a photo ID to the Grand Rewards Center counter, located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort Casino.
Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, a Holiday Inn Resort is the newly restored 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant that overlooks Historic Deadwood, which features a 98-room luxury hotel, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, high stakes gaming action, a 2,500 seat entertainment and event center and a multi-level parking garage.