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Rufus Wainwright

Biography

Singer-songwriter, known as Rufus Wainwright, was born in Rhinebeck, New York, the USA into a family of folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III. When he was a child, his parents divorced, and Rufus moved to Montreal, Canada. There Rufus spent the most part of his youth. He attended a private school and had brief courses of piano and guitar playing at Concordia and McGill Universities in Montreal. He started performing and touring at age thirteen with The McGarrigle Sisters Аnd Family band, consisting of his mother, sister Martha, aunt Ann and Rufus himself. By 1990, Wainwright was a promising singer and decided to make a solo career. During his adolescence Rufus realized that he was gay. It strongly influenced his creativity and became one of the song themes. The other thing that made a strong imprinting on his music is love of opera. Simultaneously with listening to classical music Rufus chose as his idols Edith Piaf, Al Jonson and Judy Garland.

Wainwright started performing in clubs and moved to New York in 1996. Two years later Rufus released the debut self-titled album. After the tour with Sean Lennon the artist decided to have a rest and rent a room in Chelsea Hotel in New York City. There he wrote the major part of the second album Poses during half a year. The disc was released in 2001 and featured his sister Martha (who is now a rising artist herself) on backing vocals. The unusual and elaborated arrangements, pleasant operatic baritone and peculiar melodies gained him a firm success. In 2000s Wainwright became drug-addicted. After a call to his friend Elton John Rufus underwent medication and rehabilitation in a clinic. Due to this problem he had to make a pause in musical career, but in 2003 the singer made a forceful comeback with the album Want One, which got its continuation Want Two in 2004.

In 2006, it became known that Rufus Wainwright was going to perform two times the whole Judy Garland's concert album, which she recorded in 1961. He was going to make this event in the same building, Carnegie Hall in New York. The concerts were a success; Rufus imitating Garland brilliantly even in trifles. He made identical performances in Los Angeles, Paris and London. In the middle of 2007, the musician released his fifth studio album Release The Stars, which featured a wide number of guests celebrities. The same year in December Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall saw light. It is the live records of Wainwright's legendary concert in New York. For now, the talented singer-songwriter is creating his first opera, Prima Donna. In 2010 the musician released his new studio work titled All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu.

Studio Albums

Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game mp3Out of the Game
2012
  • Baroque Pop
  • Pop/Rock
Rufus Wainwright, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu mp3All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu
Gorgeous performer Wainwright devoted his sixth studio work to his mother who died of cancer. That is why this CD appears so profound, beautiful and endlessly sad
2010
  • Baroque Pop
  • Classical Crossover
  • Traditional Pop
Rufus Wainwright, Release the Stars mp3Release the Stars
Rufus Wainright knows for sure how classic music should be popularized. His recipe is quite simple: take some pop tunes, a little piano and guitars and mix it with a fair amount of orchestration; as a result we get his new album Release The Stars
2007
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Classical Crossover
Rufus Wainwright, Want Two mp3Want Two
2004
  • Chamber Pop
  • Classical Crossover
  • Folk Pop
Rufus Wainwright, Want One mp3Want One
2003
  • Chamber Pop
  • Folk Pop
Rufus Wainwright, Poses mp3Poses
2001
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Folk Pop
  • Pop/Rock
Rufus Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright mp3Rufus Wainwright
1998
  • Classical Crossover
  • Folk Pop

Singles

Rufus Wainwright, Out Of The Game (single) mp3Out Of The Game (single)
2012
  • Chamber Pop
  • Folk Pop

Compilation albums

Rufus Wainwright, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright mp3Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright
2014
  • Chamber Pop
  • Pop Rock
  • Baroque Pop
Rufus Wainwright, House of Rufus mp3House of Rufus
2011
  • Chamber Pop
  • Pop Rock
  • Baroque Pop

Lives

Rufus Wainwright, Milwaukee at Last!!! mp3Milwaukee at Last!!!
2009
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Traditional Pop
Rufus Wainwright, Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall mp3Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall
In summer 2006 Rufus Wainwright made the exact reproduction of Judy Garland's concert of 1961 at Carnegie Hall. This year he has decided to make a present to all those who failed to see his performances releasing an audio version of the concert
2007
  • Standards
  • Traditional Pop
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