Rufus Wainwright

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Rufus Wainwright

American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer add

Category: Music

Born in 1973.

Countries: United States (47%), United Kingdom (16%), Canada (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Neil Tennant, Lorna Luft, Carnegie Hall

Linked to: McGill University, Millbrook School, On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away, Erasure




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Rufus Wainwright was born in 1973 add something


At the age of 15, in 1989, he was nominated for a Genie Award for "Best Original Song" add something


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 add something


He was nominated for a 1990 Juno award for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year add something


River Phoenix - Other songs inspired by Phoenix include Dana Lyons' "Song For River Phoenix ", Grant Lee Buffalo's "Halloween", Natalie Merchant's "River" for her 1995 album "Tigerlily", Ellis Paul's song "River", found on his 1994 release "Stories", Rufus Wainwright's "Matinee Idol", Nada Surf's "River Phoenix" and Stereophonics's "Chris Chambers"


In 1996 Wainwright toured the UK as "Special Guest" of Kate and Anna McGarrigle add something


The singer moved to New York City in 1996, performing regularly at Club Fez add something


Waronker paired Wainwright with producer Jon Brion, and the two spent most of 1996 and 1997 making the record add something


Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen song) - Canadian-American musician and singer Rufus Wainwright had briefly met Jeff Buckley and recorded a tribute to him after his 1997 death


He relocated to Los Angeles that year and began his first studio album, 1998's "Rufus Wainwright" add something


He toured with Sean Lennon in 1998 and began his first headline tour later that year add something


In December 1998, he appeared in a Gap commercial directed by Phil Harder, performing Frank Loesser's "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve-" add something


Melissa Auf der Maur - She has contributed bass and backing vocals to childhood friend Rufus Wainwright's album "Poses", and appears in his 1998 video for "April Fools"


In 1999, he told "Rolling Stone" that his father recognized his homosexuality early on add something


Rufus Wainwright won two Juno awards for "Best Alternative Album", one in 1999 for "Rufus Wainwright" and one in 2002 for "Poses" add something


In March 1999, Wainwright began a headlining tour at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey add something


Wainwright became addicted to crystal meth in the early 2000s and temporarily lost his vision add something


From 2001 to 2004, he toured with Tori Amos, Sting, Ben Folds, and Guster, as well as headlining the 2001 and 2002 tour in support of the album add something


On June 5, 2001, Wainwright's second album, "Poses", was released to critical acclaim but limited sales add something


His addiction reached its peak in 2002, during what he described as "the most surreal week of my life add something


During that week, he played a cameo role in the UK comedy television program, "Absolutely Fabulous", spent several nights partying with George W. Bush's daughter Barbara, enjoyed a "debauched evening" with his mother and Marianne Faithfull, sang with Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons for Zaldy's spring 2003 collection, and experienced recurring hallucinations of his father throughout add something


In 2003 Rufus released the full-length "Want One" add something


Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen song) - The "Shrek" soundtrack, containing Wainwright's cover, was certified Double Platinum in the United States in 2003 as selling over two million copies


Then Wainwright's album "Want Two" from which four songs were released as the EP "Waiting for a Want", was released by DreamWorks/Geffen on November 16, 2004 add something


Interscope Records - In 2004, DreamWorks Records was merged into the Interscope Geffen A&M Records group bringing over artists including Blink-182, The All-American Rejects, Papa Roach, Rise Against, Nelly Furtado, Lifehouse, AFI, Jimmy Eat World and Rufus Wainwright


Ben Folds - In the summer of 2004, Folds co-headlined an American tour with fellow singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Guster.


Joan Wasser - In February 2004, Rufus Wainwright asked her to join his band, tour extensively and open the shows with her new project


A DVD entitled "All I Want", featuring a biographical documentary, music videos, and live performances, was released internationally in 2005 add something


The "All I Want" DVD, released in 2005, features a full-length documentary , performances at Central Park SummerStage and Cambridge Corn Exchange, studio sessions, music videos, and two bonus Easter eggs: a 12-minute documentary from 1998, featuring Wainwright and his family, and a short tribute to the McGarrigle sisters featuring Rufus and Martha add something


In February 2005, the Pennsylvania Ballet premiered a ballet by Matthew Neenan that was set to Wainwright's music add something


"Want One" and "Want Two" were repackaged as "Want" for a November 2005 release to coincide with the beginning of a British tour add something


Antony Hegarty - Antony and the Johnsons' 2005 album "I Am a Bird Now" featured guest performances by Lou Reed, Boy George, Rufus Wainwright and Devendra Banhart


The segment concerned Wainwright's sold-out pair of Carnegie Hall shows on June 14 and 15, 2006 in which he performed the entire Judy Garland concert album that was recorded there in 1961 add something


Stephen Petronio commissioned Wainwright to write a score for his dance production "BLOOM", which was performed at Joyce Theater in New York in April 2006 add something


In May 2006, Wainwright was one of three guests to star with the Pet Shop Boys in a concert at London's Mermaid Theatre add something


On June 10, 2006, NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday" broadcast an interview of Wainwright by Scott Simon add something


The critically acclaimed show was broadcast on the UK's BBC Radio 2 and repeated on BBC 6 Music, and released as a CD in October 2006 add something


Pet Shop Boys - During the latter part of 2006 and early 2007, Neil Tennant served as executive producer on Rufus Wainwright's new album, "Release the Stars", recorded in Berlin


Robert Post (musician) - He was on the bill at Robert Redford's 'Sundance Film Festival 2006' in Park City, sharing the stage with Rufus Wainwright, Imogen_Heap and The Weepies


Jay Brannan - "The New York Times" stated in 2006 that Brannan was sometimes compared to singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and that Brannan saw himself as echoing the angry and sad sound of female singers like Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell


Lorna Luft - In June 2006, she surprised audiences at Carnegie Hall by performing a duet with Rufus Wainwright on the song "After You've Gone" at the end of Wainwright's tribute concert of Garland's triumphant 1961 comeback at Carnegie Hall


Kate Bush - In November 2006, the singer Rufus Wainwright named Bush as one of his top ten gay icons


Despite critical acclaim, Wainwright has experienced limited commercial success in the United States, although the release of "Release the Stars" saw increased media attention there, as did the associated 2007 U.S. tour add something


Wainwright continued to tour during 2007 and embraced forms of expression not usually part of mainstream American music concerts add something


The first single, "Going to a Town", was released on April 3, 2007 in the iTunes Music Store add something


Wainwright's fifth studio album, "Release the Stars", was released by Geffen on May 15, 2007 add something


In June 2007, Wainwright was a part of the multi-artist True Colors Tour, which traveled through 15 cities in the United States and Canada add something


The tour, sponsored by the Logo channel, began on June 8, 2007 add something


In August 2007, Wainwright said that he considered it a "great honor" to perform on the gay rights tour add something


Neil Tennant - Tennant was the executive producer for the Rufus Wainwright album "Release the Stars", released in May 2007


In 2008, Garland's daughter Lorna Luft expressed strong approval of Wainwright's recordings of her mother's songs add something


"Release the Stars" was certified gold in the UK. The accompanying world tour saw Wainwright visit North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, ending on February 14, 2008 with a concert at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City add something


In December 2008 Rufus performed alongside his sister, Martha Wainwright, and mother Kate McGarrigle as well as many more of his family at the Knitting Factory in downtown Manhattan add something


Judy Collins - In 2008 she oversaw an album featuring artists ranging from Dolly Parton and Joan Baez to Rufus Wainwright and Chrissie Hynde covering her compositions; she released a collection of The Beatles covers, and she received an honorary doctorate from Pratt Institute on May 18 of that year


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 add something


The album was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album add something


In April 2009, Wainwright worked with the Berliner Ensemble and the avant-garde director Robert Wilson, who hired Wainwright to supply the music for a joint staging of "Shakespeares Sonette" based on Shakespeare's sonnets add something


Instead of a New York opening, "Prima Donna" was staged during the Manchester International Festival, where the first performance took place at the Palace Theatre on July 10, 2009 add something


In November 2009 Revelation Films released the concert on DVD. add something


In late 2010 Wainwright became engaged to his partner Jörn Weisbrodt add something


It was the last performance made by his mother before her death in January 2010 add something


In April 2010, Wainwright came out publicly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States because he wanted to marry his partner, Jörn Weisbrodt add something


Douglas Gordon - In 2010, he collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, creating the visuals for his tour which accompany Rufus' All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu album.


Angelique Kidjo - On August 30, 2010, Kidjo sang at the 30th Anniversary celebration of Solidarnosc in the Polish city of Gdansk produced by Bob Wilson and Hal Willner featuring Philip Glass, Marianne Faithfull, Rufus Wainwright and Macy Gray


In 2011, Wainwright announced that he and Leonard Cohen's daughter, Lorca Cohen, had had a child add something


He announced on his website: "Darling daughter Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born on February 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California to proud parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright, and Deputy Dad Jorn Weisbrodt add something


"Prima Donna" won a Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding New Musical/Opera in June 2011 add something


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 was released add something


"The Globe and Mail", September 22, 2011 add something


Leonard Cohen - On 2 February 2011, Lorca gave birth to a daughter, Viva W. Cohen with biological father Rufus Wainwright


Sean Lennon - On October 22, 2011, Sean showed up on Wall Street with Rufus Wainwright and Josh Fox


Also in 2012, Wainwright wrote and sang "Metaphorical Blanket" in the film "Any Day Now" add something


The couple moved to Toronto, Ontario in early 2012 after Weisbrodt was named artistic director of Toronto's annual Luminato festival add something


The album, titled "Out of the Game," was released in late April 2012 in the UK and Canada and in early May in the US. add something


In June 2012, Wainwright released a comedy video on the Funny or Die website, giving his interpretation of a number of jingles from chewing gum commercials add something


On August 23, 2012 Rufus Wainwright and Jörn Weisbrodt married in Montauk, New York add something


Helena Bonham Carter - In April 2012, Bonham Carter appeared in Rufus Wainwright's music video for his single "Out of the Game," featured on the album of the same name


Guy Chambers - January 2013: Chambers has been working on new material and production for Rufus Wainwright


Lana Del Rey - In March, Rufus Wainwright revealed in an interview that he was currently working with Del Rey. On April 3, 2014, Del Rey announced that the lead single of "Ultraviolence" was entitled "West Coast"


In 2015, Wainwright launched a new version of his first opera, accompanied by a film directed by Francesco Vezzoli, featuring Cindy Sherman as the Prima Donna add something


The finale was shot in Paris during spring 2015 and produced by ://www add something


Guy Chambers - In 2016 Chambers collaborated again with Kylie Minogue, Marlon Roudette, and Rufus Wainwright, and wrote and recorded with John Newman


His second opera, called "Hadrian", will premiere at the Canadian Opera Company as their opening production of the 2018 mainstage season at the Four Seasons Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada add something