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Birth name: Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright.
Born: July 22, 1973 Rhinebeck, New York, USA.
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m).

Rufus Wainwright biography (bio):
Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright is a Canadian-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 brother of Martha Wainwright, the half brother of Lucy Wainwright Roche, and the son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle.

Early years:
Rufus Wainwright was born in Rhinebeck, New York, to folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III (a direct descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, the last Director-General of New Netherland). His parents divorced when he was a child, and he lived with his mother in Montreal for most of his youth. He attended high school at the Millbrook School in upstate New York (which would later inspire his song "Millbrook") and later briefly studied classical and modern piano at Concordia and McGill Universities. He began playing the piano at age six and started touring at thirteen with "The McGarrigle Sisters and Family" (a folk group featuring Rufus, his sister Martha, his mother Kate, and aunt Anna). His song "I'm A-Runnin'", which he performed in the movie Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller, earned him a nomination for a 1989 Genie Award (for Best Original Song). He was also nominated for a 1990 Juno Award (for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year).
Wainwright came out as gay while still a teenager. In 1999, he told Rolling Stone that his father recognized his son's homosexuality early on. "We'd drive around in the car, he'd play 'Heart of Glass' and I'd sort of mouth the words, pretend to be Blondie. Just a sign of many other things to come as well." Wainwright later said in another interview that his "mother and father could not even handle me being gay. We never talked about it really."
Wainwright became interested in opera during his adolescent years and the genre strongly influences his music. (For instance, his track "Barcelona" features lyrics written by Giuseppe Verdi.) During this time, he also became deeply interested in dith Piaf, Al Jolson and Judy Garland.
At age 14, Wainwright was sexually assaulted in London's Hyde Park after picking up a man at a bar.He remained celibate for five years after the incident. In an interview years later, he described the event: "I said I wanted to go to the park and see where this big concert was going on. I thought it was going to be a romantic walk in the park, but he raped me and robbed me afterwards and tried to strangle me". Wainwright claims that he survived only by pretending to be an epileptic and faking a seizure.

Rise to fame:
Through weekly shows at Cafe Sarajevo, Wainwright became a fixture on the Montreal club circuit and eventually cut a series of demo tapes produced by Pierre Marchand (who also produced Wainwright's later album, "Poses") - DreamWorks executive Lenny Waronker acquired the demo tapes and signed Wainwright to his label. The singer moved to New York City in the spring of 1996 and began performing regularly at Club Fez, building a loyal local audience. He relocated to Los Angeles that fall, and began recording his first studio album, 1998's Rufus Wainwright.
Wainwright's self-titled debut received critical acclaim; Rolling Stone magazine recognized it as one of the best albums of the year and named the singer "Best New Artist" of the year. Wainwright toured with Sean Lennon in the summer of 1998 and began his first headline tour later that year. In December 1998, he appeared in a Gap commercial singing "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"; the promotion increased dramatically both his visibility and his record sales. On March 1, 1999 Wainwright started a headlining tour at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey. By summer 1999 he had taken some time off to live and put music on the back burner. He lived in the Chelsea Hotel in NYC for six months, during which he wrote most of his second album. On June 5, 2001, Poses, Wainwright's second album, was released to critical acclaim, but limited record sales.
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 "Poses." He often performs with his sister Martha Wainwright (now herself an emerging artist) on backup vocals. Despite a growing cult following and critical acclaim, Wainwright has experienced somewhat limited commercial success in the United States, although the release of his Release the Stars album saw increased media attention there, as did the associated 2007 US tour.

Addiction:
Wainwright became addicted to crystal meth in the early 2000s and temporarily lost his vision to overuse. His addiction reached its peak in 2002, during what he described as "the most surreal week of his life." During that week, he played a drug addict in a cameo role in "Absolutely Fabulous"; spent several nights partying with the president's daughter, Barbara Bush; enjoyed a "debauched evening" with his mother and Marianne Faithfull; sang with Antony of Antony and the Johnsons for Zaldy's spring 2003 collection; and, throughout, experienced recurring hallucinations of his father. He decided shortly after that he "was either going to rehab or I was going to live with my father. I knew I needed an asshole to yell at me, and I felt he fitted the bill".
Seeking guidance, he telephoned his friend Elton John, who persuaded him to check in to rehab at the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota. He detoxed and underwent therapy at the facility; he has neither confirmed nor denied his current sobriety.

The Want albums:
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. It is a companion/sequel to the 2003 release Want One. Afterward, a live iTunes Sessions EP entitled "Alright Already", was released March 15, 2005. A DVD entitled "All I Want," featuring a biographical documentary, music videos, and live performances, was released internationally in mid-2005. The same year was also notable for two major contributions as solo vocalist to a pair of important records: the Mercury Prize winning Antony and the Johnsons' I am a Bird Now and Burt Bacharach's At This Time.
The Want One and Want Two albums were repackaged as Want for a late November 2005 release to coincide with the start of a British tour. The version of Want One is that which contains the two extra songs "Es Mu Sein" and "Velvet Curtain Rag". The Want (Want One and Want Two combined) package in the UK has two new extra tracks: "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" and "In with the Ladies", which replace "Coeur de Parisienne Reprise d'Arletty" and "Quand Vous Mourez de Nos Amours" from 2004's augmented edition.

Release the Stars:
Rufus' fifth studio album Release the Stars was released by Geffen on May 15, 2007. The album was produced by Rufus Wainwright himself and featured Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, Neil Tennant, Joan Wasser, Julianna Raye, Larry Mullins - pka Toby Dammit and Sian Phillips. It reached number 2 in the UK and debuted at number 23 in the USA. The first single of the album, "Going To A Town" was released on April 3, 2007 on the iTunes music store. Release the Stars was recently certified gold in the UK.

Prima Donna:
Following his 2007-2008 tour, Wainwright plans to write his first opera, Prima Donna which he says will be about "a day in the life of an opera singer." The opera has been commissioned by Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb. There are four characters. He is, thus far, writing the libretto in French.

Music:
Wainwright is a singer with complete security of intonation, even over a dense accompaniment. In addition to his baritone singing voice, he plays both piano and the guitar, often switching between the two instruments when performing live. While some of his songs feature just Wainwright with his piano, his later work is often accompanied by rock instrumentation or a symphony orchestra, displaying complex layering and harmonies with an operatic feel. Wainwright is an avid opera fan, and the influences on his music are evident, as well as his love of Franz Schubert's Lieder. Some of Wainwright's songs have been described as "Popera" (Pop Opera) or "Baroque Pop".

Work in film, broadcasting and on-stage:
In addition to his role in Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller, Wainwright has appeared in the films The Aviator and Heights. He has also recorded tracks especially for films, including Brokeback Mountain, I Am Sam, Moulin Rouge!, Shrek, Meet the Robinsons and Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man. He will also be seen in the forthcoming Denys Arcand film Lge des tnbres.
Rufus is managed by Barry Taylor and Paula Quijano, and his publicist is Barbara Charone.
In 2005 a DVD called All I Want was released, including a full-length documentary, All I Want: A Portrait of Rufus Wainwright, performances at Central Park SummerStage and Cambridge Corn Exchange, studio sessions, music videos, and two bonus Easter Eggs, a twelve-minute documentary from 1998 featuring Rufus and his family, and a short tribute to the McGariggle Sisters featuring Rufus and Martha.
In May 2006, Rufus was one of three special guests (the others being Robbie Williams and Frances Barber) to star with the Pet Shop Boys in a concert at London's Mermaid Theatre where he covered "Casanova in Hell", a track from the latest Pet Shop Boys album Fundamental. The critically acclaimed show was broadcast on the UK's BBC Radio 2 and repeated on BBC 6 Music and released as a CD, Concrete in October 2006, that included Rufus's contribution.
On June 10, 2006, Wainwright was heard on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday in an interview with Scott Simon. The segment concerned Wainwright's sold-out pair of Carnegie Hall concerts June 14/June 15, 2006 in which he performed the entire Judy Garland concert album recorded there in 1961. He performed the show also at the London Palladium, the Olympia in Paris, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. A CD and a DVD of the concerts are set to be released on December 4, 2007. The live DVD is titled Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy! Live At The London Palladium. The album, Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, is a live recording of his show at the legendary New York venue.
His live performance on-stage in London at The Old Vic theater in May 2007 was favourably reviewed, and featured comedian Jennifer Saunders joining Wainwright on stage for the track "Between My Legs"
During June 2007, Wainwright was a part of the multi-artist True Colors Tour, which travelled through 15 cities in the United States and Canada. The tour, sponsored by the Logo channel, began on June 8, 2007. Hosted by comedian Margaret Cho and headlined by Cyndi Lauper, the tour also included Debbie Harry, The Gossip, the Indigo Girls, The Dresden Dolls, The MisShapes, Erasure and other special guests. Profits from the tour helped to benefit the Human Rights Campaign. In August 2007 Wainwright said he considered it a "great honor" to perform on that gay rights tour.
Wainwright continued to tour during 2007, and embraced forms of expression not usually part of mainstream American music concerts. This includes dressing in red lipstick and stilettos to perform Judy Garland songs, and expressing his concerns against the current US political situation, telling a concert in Flint, Michigan in an August 2007 concert: "I am so tired of America". His performances were reviewed as being "critically acclaimed".

Themes:
Wainwright's oeuvre contains several recurring themes: opera, literature, pop culture, and, more recently, politics (see, "Waiting for a Dream," "Gay Messiah," and "Going to a Town.") Homosexuality and love provide the underlying theme for many of his songs (perhaps most poignantly in "Harvester of Hearts"), albeit in various and dissimilar forms. In "Foolish Love," Wainwright describes the joys of initial infatuation such as his with stateside radio producer Jon W. Knowles (whose birthday ironically is "April Fools"), while in "The Art Teacher," he tackles a first-person infatuation between a schoolgirl and his teacher. Other songs address full-blown love and the consequences of falling out of love.
Wainwright also sings about his family relationships. "Beauty Mark," "Little Sister," and "Dinner at Eight" address, respectively, his experiences with his mother, sisters, and father.
Religion and religious imagery also appear in his music. (See "Agnus Dei," "Gay Messiah," and "Greek Song.")
At least a few of Wainright's songs address his experiences with crystal meth and rehab (see "Go Or Go Ahead" and "I Don't Know What It Is").
Wainwright is also fascinated by travel, trains, and distant geography ("Oh What A World" and "April Fools").
Wainwright wrote the song "Millbrook" about his high school, Millbrook School, in Millbrook, NY. This song was also the inspiration and namesake of the Los Angeles indie band Millbrook. The song "Matinee Idol" from the same album was written about the late River Phoenix.
The song "Memphis Skyline" is a tribute to the late singer Jeff Buckley, who drowned in Memphis in the Wolf River, a tributary of the Mississippi, on May 29, 1997. The two met each other briefly in the '90s when Wainwright was an up-and-coming act. By this time, Buckley had already released his first album (Grace), and was well on his way to stardom. He has said that he had been irritated that Buckley played at Sin , a caf on the Lower East Side, as he [Wainwright] was rejected three times by the club. The two met several months prior to Buckley's drowning, during a gig Wainwright was playing. Buckley supposedly helped out with some technical problems, and the two chatted over beers for a few hours. The song references "Hallelujah," a Leonard Cohen song which Buckley notably covered, and which Wainwright later did likewise.
The song "Sanssouci" ("without cares" in French) was inspired by 18th century Prussian monarch Frederick the Great's Rococo summer palace in Potsdam, outside Berlin, Germany. "Tiergarten," also from Release the Stars, refers to the Berlin Tiergarten, and is written about his boyfriend of 2 years, German arts administrator Jorn Weisbrodt.
In an interview with British newspaper The Observer, Rufus Wainwright listed his top ten gay icons. Wainwright selected Judy Garland as his first choice, claiming that she was not merely a gay icon but citing her as something of a "a gay beacon. A gay saint". Singers Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, Kylie Minogue, Prince, Dusty Springfield and Morrissey were amongst his nine remaining choices.

Rufus Wainwright Discography (Albums):
-Rufus Wainwright (1998, DreamWorks).
-Poses (2001, DreamWorks).
-Want One (2003, DreamWorks).
-Want Two (2004, DreamWorks/Geffen).
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