Rufus Wainwright

Biography

Rufus Wainwright (born 22.7.1973)

Rufus Wainwright is a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter.

Rufus Wainwright: Childhood

Rufus Wainwright was born into a family of musical pedigree: his mother is Kate McGarrigle and his father is Loudon Wainwright III. His sister, Martha Wainwright is also a musician, as is his half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche and his aunt, Sloan Wainwright.

Rufus was born in New York but moved to Canada when his parents divorced. He was aged three at that time. He attended Millbrook School as well as studying piano at Concordia and Mc Gill Universities.

As a child, Rufus Wainwright would play piano in 'The McGarrigle Sisters and Family' band, mainly playing folk music. At the age of 14, he played his song 'I'm a-Runnin' in the film Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller. He won a Genie Award for Best Original Song.

Rufus Wainwright: Music Career

Rufus Wainwright began playing weekly shows at Café Sarajevo and produced a demo tape that was passed in to Van Dyke Parks. Parks then passed the tapes onto the head of DreamWorks, Lenny Waronker, who signed Wainwright to the label.

In 1996, Rufus Wainwright moved to New York City and recorded his debut album, Rufus Wainwright, released in 1998. To promote the release of the album, he toured with Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Wainwright wrote the majority of his second album whilst he lived in the Chelsea Hotel for six months. Poses was released in 2001 and he toured with Tori Amos, Ben Folds and Sting to promote the album.

Wainwright's career was briefly de-railed in the early 2000's when his addiction to crystal meth became destructive. Following a fortnight of debauchery involving Marianne Faithfull, Barbara Bush and Antony Hegarty, Wainwright concentrated on getting clean, with the help of his friend, Elton John.

The album Want Two was released as a sequel to 2003's Want One and was followed by a live iTunes Sessions EP named Alright, Already: Live in Montreal. In 2005, Wainwright released a DVD entitled All I Want. Later that year, he also contributed vocals to Antony and the Johnsons' I am A Bird Now and Burt Bacharach's At This Time. The two Want albums were repackaged as a single release, featuring a cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Chelsea Hotel No.2'.

2006 saw Rufus Wainwright perform the entirety of Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall concert, at Carnegie Hall. Judy Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft has expressed her approval of the performance.

In 2007, Rufus Wainwright released his fifth studio album, Release the Stars. The album featured Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson as well as his mother, his sister Martha, Joan Wasser (of Joan as Policewoman) and Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys.

Later that year, Rufus was chosen to perform on the True Colours Tour, with Cyndi Lauper, Dresden Dolls, The Gossip, Debbie Harry and Erasure.

Wainwright then concentrated on his next project; writing an opera entitled Prima Donna, which is about a day in the life of an opera singer, who is waiting for her comeback performance and falls in love with a journalist. The project was originally commissioned by Peter Gelb, the manager of the Metropolitan Opera. However, Wainwright insisted on writing the libretto in French, which became a factor for dispute and they went their separate ways. The opera instead opened at the Manchester International Festival.

Rufus Wainwright has appeared in and written music for a number of films. He appeared in The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Heights, with Glenn Close and Isabella Rosselini. He has also recorded tracks for the soundtrack of Brokeback Mountain (starring the late Heath Ledger), Moulin Rouge! (starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) and Zoolander (featuring Ben Stiller).

Read More

'Rufus Wainwright: Live From The Artists Den' Released March 3rd 2014

23rd January 2014 -

 Press

On May 17th, 2012, Rufus Wainwright recorded a private concert in an historic Greenwich Village church. On March 3rd, Wainwright's inspired performance, which was filmed and recorded for PBS' "Live from the Artists Den,"...

Robbie Williams Working With Lily Allen, Michael Bublé And More For 'Swings Both Ways'

12th September 2013 -

 News

Robbie Williams has announced plans to release a new album in time for the festive period, with the big band and swing album Swing Both Ways set to be released in the UK on 8...

Glastonbury Festival Weather 2013: Get Your Wellies On

26th June 2013 -

 News

The weather forecast for the Glastonbury Festival this weekend does not look brilliant: expect a lot of cloud. However, those visiting the Glastonbury Festival this year may be pleased (or rather not depending on your...

Stocking Fillers: Best Christmas Songs of 2012

18th December 2012 -

 News

Many consider Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' the last true Christmas song to be released; it's hard to believe that was back in 1994! Since then, there's been a sputtering...

The Show Must Go On? David Letterman Props Up Entertainment Industry During Hurricane Sandy

30th October 2012 -

 News

The mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg has been making sure that the city's residents were fully prepared for Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York last night. And whilst the majority of New York citizens...

Rufus Wainwright - Milwaukee At Last!!!

18th August 2009 -

 Review

Review of Rufus Wainwright's album Milwaukee At Last!!!This is a live CD, meant as a companion to the DVD also going on sale in a little while. As I haven't seen the DVD, the image...

Rufus Wainwright - Going To A Town

5th August 2008 -

 Video

'Going To A Town' video from Rufus Wainwright.Going To A Town, will be available for download from April 30th with a special-edition iTunes package, May 7th. The video for 'Going To A Town' was...

Rufus Wainwright, Rules & Regulations, Video

16th July 2007 -

 Video

Rufus WainwrightNew Download Single 'Rules & Regulations' Released July 30th on Polydor RecordsRufus Wainwright is - without question - at a glorious new apex in his career. The hugely acclaimed singer/songwriter stormed into the UK...

Rufus Wainwright - Going to a Town

30th April 2007 -

 Review

Rufus WainwrightGoing to a TownSingle Review'I'm so tired of America' sings one of Uncle Sam's most unique singer-songwriters, on this, his comeback single. Going to a Town is a big ballad like they used to...

Wainwright: 'Rape Changed Me For The Better'

17th April 2007 -

 News

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT refuses to blame the man who raped him as a teenager, insisting the experience stopped him from leading an hedonistic life. The singer/songwriter was attacked by a man he picked up in a...

Rufus Wainwright, Want, Video Stream

23rd November 2005 -

 Video

Rufus Wainwright 'Want'New Special Edition Album Released November 28th Click here to listen to two tracks from the Want album – 'Chelsea Hotel' and 'In With The Ladies', plus get access to 2 special commentary...

Rufus Wainwright - Crumb by Crumb

10th June 2005 -

 Review

Rufus Wainwright...

Rufus wainwright - DVD competition

10th May 2005 -

 Review

Rufus Wainwright - Download Only Single - 28 Feb - Video Streams

1st March 2005 -

 Video

Rufus Wainwright...

Wainwright Ashamed Of Buckley Jealousy

19th November 2004 -

 News

American singer RUFUS WAINWRIGHT regrets spending years being jealous of JEFF BUCKLEY's success because he enjoyed his company when the pair finally met - a month before Buckley died. A chance encounter with GRACE...

Back to top

Rufus Wainwright Images

More Rufus Wainwright Pictures

Back to top

Rufus Wainwright Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Rufus Wainwright

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Contrary To Her Song Lyrics, Lana Del Rey Worked Her Way To The Top

Lana Del Rey is no stranger to vicious rumours, but she definitely did not...

Contrary To Her Song Lyrics, Lana Del Rey Worked Her Way To The Top

Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album

The album was released only one week ago and sold 103,000 copies to secure the top...

Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album

Peaches Geldof's Cause of Death Confirmed as Heroin Overdose

The second daughter of musician Bob Geldof, Peaches Geldof was thrust...

Peaches Geldof's Cause of Death Confirmed as Heroin Overdose

Robert Downey Jr.IS Iron Man... But For How Long?

You know who he is. Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement in the Iron Man franchise has been...

Robert Downey Jr.IS Iron Man... But For How Long?

Hercules Extended Trailer

Following his deadly ordeal of being put through the Twelve Labours by his father Zeus and his...

Hercules Trailer

Miley Cyrus Appears in Pharrell's New Video 'Come Get It Bae'

Cyrus also features on the track's vocals, and -perhaps most shockingly of all- resists...

Miley Cyrus Appears in Pharrell's New Video 'Come Get It Bae'
Advertisement

That Time Snoop Dogg Puffed Mary Jane at The White House

Snoop Dogg has joined Willie Nelson as weed-loving musicians who have smoked...

That Time Snoop Dogg Puffed Mary Jane at The White House

Gershwinner: Our Top 5 Billy Joel Songs

Billy Joel has long been regarded as one of music’s finest songwriters but it will soon be all more official...

Gershwinner: Our Top 5 Billy Joel Songs

Rob Reiner's 'And So It Goes' Is A Safe Bet At The Cinema This Weekend

Fresh from the critical and box office success of Behind The Candelabra, for...

Rob Reiner's 'And So It Goes' Is A Safe Bet At The Cinema This Weekend


More recommendations

Comments