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RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright

Description: Vocalist, Composer, Canadian

Known For: Rufus Wainwright (1998) Milwaukee at Last!!! (2009)

Instruments: Vocals, piano, guitar

Music Styles: Baroque pop, operatic pop

Location: Canada

Date Born: 22nd July 1973
Location Born: Montreal

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer. He has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written a classical opera and set Shakespeare sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson.

Wainwright was born in Rhinebeck, New York, to folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III. His parents divorced when he was three, and he lived with his mother in Montreal for most of his youth. Wainwright has dual US and Canadian citizenship. He attended high school at the Millbrook School in New York (which would later inspire his song “Millbrook”), and later briefly studied piano at McGill in Montreal. He began playing the piano at age six, and started touring at age 13 with “The McGarrigle Sisters and Family”, a folk group featuring Rufus, his sister Martha, his mother Kate, and aunt Anna. His song “I’m a-Runnin'”, which he performed in the film Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller at the age of 14, earned him a nomination for a 1989 Genie Award for Best Original Song. He was nominated for a 1990 Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year.

Wainwright identified as gay while a teenager. In 1999, he told Rolling Stone that his father recognized his homosexuality early on. “We’d drive around in the car, he’d play ‘Heart of Glass’ and I’d sort of mouth the words, pretend to be Blondie. Just a sign of many other things to come as well.”[9] Wainwright later said in another interview that his “mother and father could not even handle me being gay. We never talked about it really.”

Wainwright became interested in opera during his adolescent years, and the genre strongly influences his music. (For instance, the song “Barcelona” features lyrics from the libretto of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Macbeth.) During this time, he became interested in Édith Piaf, Al Jolson, and Judy Garland.

At age 14, Wainwright was sexually assaulted in London’s Hyde Park after picking up a man at a bar.[10] In an interview years later, he described the event: “I said I wanted to go to the park and see where this big concert was going on. I thought it was going to be a romantic walk in the park, but he raped me and robbed me afterwards and tried to strangle me”. Wainwright states that he survived only by pretending to be an epileptic and faking a seizure. He has been reported to have stated that he remained celibate for five or seven years after the incident, and eventually became promiscuous.

In 2009 the unofficial biography There Will Be Rainbows: A Biography of Rufus Wainwright and the story of Loudon Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle by Kirk Lake documented Wainwright’s early struggles.

He has recorded six albums of original music, EPs, and tracks on compilations and film soundtracks.

Wainwright was born in Rhinebeck, New York, to folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III.

Wainwright became interested in opera during his adolescent years, and the genre strongly influences his music. (For instance, the song “Barcelona” features lyrics from the libretto of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Macbeth.) During this time, he became interested in Édith Piaf, Al Jolson, and Judy Garland.

Wainwright’s self-titled debut received critical acclaim; Rolling Stone recognized it as one of the best albums of the year, and named the singer “Best New Artist” of the year.

In July 2011 a 19-disc box set called House of Rufus containing all his studio and live recordings as well as previously unreleased material will be released.

Discography

Rufus Wainwright (1998)
Poses (2001)
Want One (2003)
Want Two (2004)
Release the Stars (2007)
Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (2007)
Milwaukee at Last!!! (2009)
All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010)
House of Rufus (2011)

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