Rufus Wainwright was born in 1973 in Rhinebeck, NY to two folk singers and began studying piano at six years of age, first touring at 13 with his family. At 14 years of age, he received his first music award nomination, a 1989 Best Original Song Genie Award for his tune "I'm a-Runnin" from the movie Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller. Over his career, Rufus Wainwright has released nine studio and three live albums along with three compilation albums, three Extended Plays, four video albums, nine music videos and nine singles. He has also contributed to 78 other albums as well as toured extensively around the world, and Rolling Stone Magazine chose him as the Best New Artist of 1998.
The Rufus Wainwright Rainbow
An openly gay and politically active performer, Rufus Wainwright has received several nominations and awards from outside the music industry, including major organizations representing the LGBT community, including the Gay & Lesbian American Music Award in 1998 for Best Debut Artist, and five of seven Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards for which he was nominated. Rufus Wainwright also won the Juno Awards for Best Alternative Album in consecutive years: Rufus Wainwright (1999) and Poses (2002). In 2008, Rufus Wainwright was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which was one of 35 major award nominations Rufus Wainwright has received, of which he has won 10.
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What can I expect from Rufus Wainwright?
Rufus Wainwright plays a blend of rock, baroque and operatic pop, indie pop and opera. He has a tenor singing voice with a warm timbre. In addition to singing, Rufus Wainwright plays guitar and keyboards and often switches back and forth between them in live performances. When on piano, Rufus Wainwright only plays Steinway pianos. Many of his songs feature rich orchestration and musical accompaniment, including horns, strings, ragtime beats and opera-like choruses. The topics of Rufus Wainwright's songs range among themes of literature, opera, politics, pop culture and love.
What are the names of some Rufus Wainwright songs?
At any Rufus Wainwright show, you're likely to hear several of his singles, including "Across the Universe," "Going to a Town," "Hallelujah," "I Don't Know What It Is," "Me and Liza," "Oh What a World," "Rules and Regulations," "Sword of Damocles," "The One You Love" and "Tiergarten" as well as other tracks off his studio albums like What One and Want Two, Release the Stars, Songs for Lulu, All Days Are Nights, Out of the Game, 9 Shakespeare Sonnets and Take All My Loves.
Rufus Wainwright has headlined nine tours, most recently the All These Poses Anniversary Tour in 2018 and 2019. This tour hit sites throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Oceania. Within the US, stops include the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif., the Vic Theatre in Chicago, Ill., and the Beacon Theater in New York City. Among the Canadian stops include the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Toronto, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montreal and Southern Hall in Ottawa.