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Rufus Wainwright Biography

Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter. Since 1998, he has recorded five albums of original music, several EPs, and numerous tracks included on compilations and film soundtracks. He is the son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, brother of Martha Wainwright, and the half-brother of Lucy Wainwright Roche.


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Event Date Venue Availabilty
Rufus Wainwright
September 27, 2017
Wednesday - 7:30 PM
Lexington Opera House
Lexington, KY
Rufus Wainwright
September 28, 2017
Thursday - 8:00 PM
Carolina Theatre
Durham, NC
Rufus Wainwright
September 30, 2017
Saturday - 8:00 PM
Symphony Hall Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
Rufus Wainwright
November 28, 2017
Tuesday - 8:00 PM
City Winery - Boston
Boston, MA
Rufus Wainwright
November 29, 2017
Wednesday - 8:00 PM
City Winery - Boston
Boston, MA
Rufus Wainwright
November 30, 2017
Thursday - 8:00 PM
Ridgefield Playhouse
Ridgefield, CT
Rufus Wainwright with Minnesota Orchestra
December 02, 2017
Saturday - 8:00 PM
Orchestra Hall
Minneapolis, MN
Rufus Wainwright
December 03, 2017
Sunday - 7:30 PM
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
Skokie, IL
Rufus Wainwright
January 20, 2018
Saturday - 7:30 PM
Birchmere Music Hall
Alexandria, VA
Rufus Wainwright
January 21, 2018
Sunday - 8:00 PM
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Englewood, NJ
Rufus Wainwright
February 09, 2018
Friday - 8:00 PM
Knight Concert Hall - Adrienne Arsht PAC
Miami, FL
Rufus Wainwright
February 14, 2018
Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Capitol Theatre - FL
Clearwater, FL
Rufus Wainwright
February 16, 2018
Friday - 7:30 PM
Powell Symphony Hall
St Louis, MO

A singer/songwriter whose lush, theatrical pop harked back to the traditions of Tin Pan Alley, cabaret, and even opera, Rufus Wainwright was born in 1973; the son of folk music luminaries Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, his parents divorced while he was a child, and he was raised by his mother in Montreal. Beginning his piano studies at age six, by 13 he was touring with his mother, aunt Anna, and his sister Martha in a group billed as the McGarrigle Sisters and Family; a year later, Wainwright was nominated for a Juno (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) as Most Promising Young Artist, while his "I'm a-Runnin'" was concurrently nominated for a Genie (the Canadian countepart to an Oscar) for Best Song in a Film.

Coming out as a homosexual while still in his teens, Wainwright sought solace in opera throughout his adolescent years, also becoming an enormous fan of performers including Edith Piaf, Al Jolson, and Judy Garland. After attending the prestigious Millbrook School in upstate New York , he briefly studied music at Montreal 's McGill University , eventually turning away from classical performance toward pop and rock. Becoming a fixture on the Montreal club circuit, Wainwright soon cut a series of demos with producer Pierre Marchand; Loudon Wainwright III then passed a copy of the tape to friend Van Dyke Parks, who in turn handed it on to DreamWorks exec Lenny Waronker. The label signed him soon after, resulting in the release of Rufus Wainwright during the spring of 1998. The album landed on several critics' "Best of 1998" lists, while Wainwright spent the next few years touring and appearing sporadically on soundtracks (Shrek) and compilations (The McGarrigle Hour). His sophomore album, Poses, brought similar acclaim in mid-2001.

After spending much of 2001 and 2002 touring on his own and with Tori Amos, Wainwright settled into Bearsville Studio, in Woodstock , NY , with producer Marius de Vries to record sort of a double album. The first project, Want One, was released in September 2003, with Want Two following a year later. In 2007, Wainwright released both Release the Stars and Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall.


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