Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright (born 22 July 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter.

Biography

Wainwright was born in Rhinebeck, New York to folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle (they later divorced while he was a child). He began to play the piano at age six, and by age thirteen he was touring with his sister Martha, mother Kate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_McGarrigle), and aunt Anna as the "McGarrigle Sisters and Family." His song "I'm Running," which he performed in the movie Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller, was nominated for the 1989 Genie Award for Best Original Song and earned him a nomination for the 1990 Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist.

Despite being born in the United States, Wainwright strongly identifies with Canada and still maintains a residence there. He lived in Montreal with his mother for most of his childhood and briefly attended McGill University, where he studied both classical and 'rock' piano. Additionally, some of his songs feature his mastery of French.

Coming out as a homosexual while still a teen, Wainwright found solace through opera throughout his adolescent years (His track Barcelona features lyrics of Guiseppi Verdi). He also became an enthusiast of such performers as Edith Piaf, Al Jolson and Judy Garland.

After having been a fixture on the Montreal club circuit, Wainwright cut a series of demo tapes, one of which found itself in the hands of DreamWorks executive Lenny Waronker. The label signed him and he relased an album in the spring of 1998. This album landed much critical acclaim in Canada, and was even recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best albums of the year. Wainwright's sophomore album, Poses (2001), brought similar acclaim.

Wainwright's first main exposure to the American public came as an opener to singer Tori Amos in 2001 and 2002. He garnered great praise for his performance and began touring as a main act shortly afterwards. He has frequently toured as the opener for Sting and co-headlined with Ben Folds and Guster in the summer of 2004. He still often performs with his sister Martha Wainwright (now herself an emerging artist) on backup vocals.

In addition to being a pianist, Wainwright is a guitarist, often switching between the two instruments when performing live; however, his mastery of the guitar does not approach his talent with the piano. While some of his most moving songs feature just Wainwright with his piano, many of his songs display complex layering and harmonies, occasionally comprising hundreds of individual parts. Wainwright is an avid opera fan, and the influences on his music are evident; his music has been described as "Popera" (Pop Opera) or "Baroque Pop." His lyrics are filled with allusions to opera, literature, pop culture, and, more recently, politics (in songs such as "Gay Messiah" and "Waiting for a Dream").

Rufus Wainwright playing in London in 2004. By Matt Whitby

Wainwright's newest album, Want Two, of which four songs were released as the EP Waiting for a Want, was released from DreamWorks/Geffen on November 16, 2004. It is a companion to the 2003 release Want One. His latest, a live iTunes Sessions EP entitled Alright Already is due for release in March 2005. He made his motion picture debut in The Aviator and will also appear in the upcoming film, Heights.

Discography

Albums

  • Rufus Wainwright (1998, DreamWorks)
  • Poses (2001, DreamWorks)
  • Want One (2003, DreamWorks)
  • Waiting for a Want (EP; 2004, DreamWorks) - available only on iTunes
  • Want Two (2004, DreamWorks/Geffen)
  • Alright Already (EP; 2005, DreamWorks/Geffen) - available only on iTunes

Contributions

  • "I'm Running" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller (1989)
  • "Le Roi D'Ys" and "On the Banks of the Wabash" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)
  • "Shooldays", "What'll I Do?", "Heartburn", "Talk to Me of Mendocino", "Goodnight Sweetheart" and background vocals on various other tracks. - The McGarrigle Hour (1998)
  • "Instant Pleasure" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Big Daddy (1999, Sony)
  • "Complainte de la Butte" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Moulin Rouge! (2001, Interscope)
  • "Hallelujah" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Shrek (2001, Dreamworks)
  • "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Zoolander (2001, Hollywood Records)
  • "Across the Universe" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture I Am Sam (2002, V2/BMG)
  • "When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes" - When Love Speaks (2002, EMI Classics)
  • "It's Only a Paper Moon" and "I Wonder What Became of Me" - Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen (2003, Sony)
  • "I Eat Dinner" (with Dido) - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004, Geffen Records)
  • "I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture The Aviator (2004, Sony)

Awards and nominations

Juno Awards:

  • 1990 - Nominated, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1999 - Won, Best Alternative Album, Rufus Wainwright
  • 2000 - Nominated, Best Songwriter; "Poses," "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," and "Grey Gardens"
  • 2002 - Won, Best Alternative Album, Poses

Genie Awards:

  • 1989 - Won, Best Original Song, "I'm A Runnin'"

Other:

  • 1999 - Won, Oustanding Music Album, GLAAD Media Awards
  • 1999 - Won, Debut Album of the Year, Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards
  • 2004 - Nominated, Shortlist Music Prize

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His latest, a live iTunes Sessions EP entitled Alright Already is due for release in March 2005. Allen also rejoined in February 2004. It is a companion to the 2003 release Want One. Sweet re-joined the band, and Fasano was re-hired. Wainwright's newest album, Want Two, of which four songs were released as the EP Waiting for a Want, was released from DreamWorks/Geffen on November 16, 2004. Lane was forced to cancel his first series of solo shows in Michigan after former band members took legal action to prevent the Warrant logo from being used on tour posters. Wainwright is an avid opera fan, and the influences on his music are evident; his music has been described as "Popera" (Pop Opera) or "Baroque Pop." His lyrics are filled with allusions to opera, literature, pop culture, and, more recently, politics (in songs such as "Gay Messiah" and "Waiting for a Dream"). Lane left Warrant again in January of 2004, taking Morris and Pharis with him.

While some of his most moving songs feature just Wainwright with his piano, many of his songs display complex layering and harmonies, occasionally comprising hundreds of individual parts. In April 2003, Lane replaced drummer Fasano with Kevin Pharis. In addition to being a pianist, Wainwright is a guitarist, often switching between the two instruments when performing live; however, his mastery of the guitar does not approach his talent with the piano. The band toured with Poison again in the summer of 2001, but the tour was cut short due to back injuries sustained by Poison bassist Bobby Dall. He still often performs with his sister Martha Wainwright (now herself an emerging artist) on backup vocals. Warrant's latest record, Under the Influence, was released in May 2001. He has frequently toured as the opener for Sting and co-headlined with Ben Folds and Guster in the summer of 2004. In August 2000, Kelli left Warrant to tour with Slash's Snakepit and was replaced by Billy Morris.

He garnered great praise for his performance and began touring as a main act shortly afterwards. Keri Kelli replaced Steier on guitars and Mike Fasano replaced Wagner on drums. Wainwright's first main exposure to the American public came as an opener to singer Tori Amos in 2001 and 2002. Guitarist Steier and drummer Wagner left the band in January 2000. Wainwright's sophomore album, Poses (2001), brought similar acclaim. We was replaced by Danny Wagner in September 1998. This album landed much critical acclaim in Canada, and was even recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best albums of the year. In October 1997, drummer Borg left the band.

The label signed him and he relased an album in the spring of 1998. Belly to Belly was released in July 1996 in Japan and October 1996 in the United States. After having been a fixture on the Montreal club circuit, Wainwright cut a series of demo tapes, one of which found itself in the hands of DreamWorks executive Lenny Waronker. Drummer Kottack left the band in March 1996 and was replaced by Bobby Borg. He also became an enthusiast of such performers as Edith Piaf, Al Jolson and Judy Garland. Ultraphobic, released in March 1995, was even less successful than Dog Eat Dog. Coming out as a homosexual while still a teen, Wainwright found solace through opera throughout his adolescent years (His track Barcelona features lyrics of Guiseppi Verdi). A Japanese deal was signed with Pony Canyon Records at the same time.

Additionally, some of his songs feature his mastery of French. Lane returned to the band and a new record deal was signed with Tom Lipsky of CMC Records in September 1994. He lived in Montreal with his mother for most of his childhood and briefly attended McGill University, where he studied both classical and 'rock' piano. In November 1994, Rick Steier replaced Allen on guitar and James Kottack replaced Sweet on drums. Despite being born in the United States, Wainwright strongly identifies with Canada and still maintains a residence there. In May 1994, guitarist Allen left Warrant and was followed by drummer Sweet in the following month. He began to play the piano at age six, and by age thirteen he was touring with his sister Martha, mother Kate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_McGarrigle), and aunt Anna as the "McGarrigle Sisters and Family." His song "I'm Running," which he performed in the movie Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller, was nominated for the 1989 Genie Award for Best Original Song and earned him a nomination for the 1990 Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist. Later that year, vocalist Lane temporarily left the band, which was then dropped by Columbia, following the arrival of grunge and the death of Warrant's long-time manager Tom Hulet.

Wainwright was born in Rhinebeck, New York to folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle (they later divorced while he was a child). At that time hair metal had lost much of its popularity and the album achieved only moderate commercial success. Rufus Wainwright (born 22 July 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. In 1993, Warrant released Dog Eat Dog. 2004 - Nominated, Shortlist Music Prize. The 1990s represented a turbulent time in Warrant's history, characterised by frequent line-up changes. 1999 - Won, Debut Album of the Year, Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards. The release of "Cherry Pie" was followed by a tour with the band Poison, which ended in January 1991 after a conflict between the two bands over stage room.

1999 - Won, Oustanding Music Album, GLAAD Media Awards. The album carried a parental advisory sticker in the United States, due to the final track entitled "Ode to Tipper Gore", which consisted of a collection of swear words cut from the band's live performances. 1989 - Won, Best Original Song, "I'm A Runnin'". The record's title track, only included on the album as a result of record company pressure, received strong exposure on MTV became the band's most successful single. 2002 - Won, Best Alternative Album, Poses. The album, which spawned the hits "Cherry Pie", "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "I Saw Red", reached the Top Ten in the United States, and went on to sell 2.7 million copies. 2000 - Nominated, Best Songwriter; "Poses," "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," and "Grey Gardens". The band's second record, the sexually-charged Cherry Pie, was released in March 1990.

1999 - Won, Best Alternative Album, Rufus Wainwright. Shortly following the release of the album, Warrant toured with Paul Stanley, Queensr˙che, Cinderella, Poison, Mötley Crüe and Kingdom Come. 1990 - Nominated, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year. In January 1988 Warrant signed a contract with Columbia Records, and in April they began recording their debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. The record was a success, spawning 3 hits: the #2 power ballad "Heaven", "Sometimes She Cries", and "Down Boys". "I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture The Aviator (2004, Sony). club scene, the band recorded a demo tape in September 1987 for Paisley Park Records, a record label owned by musician Prince. "I Eat Dinner" (with Dido) - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004, Geffen Records). After having spent some time on L.A.

"It's Only a Paper Moon" and "I Wonder What Became of Me" - Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen (2003, Sony). Jani Lane and Steve Sweet were previously in the band Plain Jane, which recorded several demos. "When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes" - When Love Speaks (2002, EMI Classics). Vocalist Jani Lane and drummer Steven "Sweet" Chamberlain joined the band in September 1986, and guitarist Joey Allen completed the line-up in March 1987. "Across the Universe" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture I Am Sam (2002, V2/BMG). Warrant was formed in Los Angeles, California, by guitarist Erik Turner in July 1984. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Zoolander (2001, Hollywood Records). Warrant is an American hair metal band that enjoyed their greatest success in 1990 with the smash single and album Cherry Pie.

"Hallelujah" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Shrek (2001, Dreamworks). Under the Influence (2001, Downboyrecords). "Complainte de la Butte" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Moulin Rouge! (2001, Interscope). Greatest & Latest (1999, Deadline). "Instant Pleasure" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Big Daddy (1999, Sony). Live 86-97 (1997, CMC). - The McGarrigle Hour (1998). Belly to Belly (1996, CMC).

"Shooldays", "What'll I Do?", "Heartburn", "Talk to Me of Mendocino", "Goodnight Sweetheart" and background vocals on various other tracks. Ultraphobic (1994, CMC). "Le Roi D'Ys" and "On the Banks of the Wabash" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture The Myth of Fingerprints (1997). The Best Of (1992, Columbia). "I'm Running" - Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller (1989). Dog Eat Dog (1992, Columbia). Alright Already (EP; 2005, DreamWorks/Geffen) - available only on iTunes. Cherry Pie (1990, Columbia).

Want Two (2004, DreamWorks/Geffen). Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich (1988, Columbia). Waiting for a Want (EP; 2004, DreamWorks) - available only on iTunes. Want One (2003, DreamWorks). Poses (2001, DreamWorks).

Rufus Wainwright (1998, DreamWorks).

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