Portrait of Rufus Wainwright by Oliver Mark
, Berlin 2010
Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is an American-Canadian singer, songwriter, and composer. He has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written a classical opera and set Shakespeare sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson.
Wainwright's self-titled debut album was released through DreamWorks Records in May 1998. His second album, Poses, was released in June 2001. Wainwright's third and fourth studio albums, Want One (2003) and Want Two (2004), were repackaged as the double album Want in 2005. In 2007, Wainwright released his fifth studio album Release the Stars and his first live album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. His second live album Milwaukee at Last!!! was released in 2009, followed by the studio albums All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010) and Out of the Game (2012). The double album Prima Donna (2015), was a recording of his opera of the same name. His ninth studio album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets (2016), featured nine adaptions of Shakespeare's sonnets.
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Rufus Wainwright's first major recognition came from Rolling Stone, when the magazine named him 1998's "Best New Artist" after the release of his self-titled debut album. His subsequent albums include Poses (2001), Want One (2003), Want Two (2004), Release the Stars (2007), and All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010). In addition, he has released two live albums: Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (2007) and Milwaukee at Last!!! (2009). Several of Wainwright's singles have appeared on the UK Singles Chart, including "I Don't Know What It Is" which peaked at #74, "Hallelujah" which peaked at #100, and "Going to a Town" which peaked at #54.
Wainwright has received nominations from the BRIT Awards, Genie Awards, Grammy Awards, Meteor Music Awards, MOJO Awards and Shortlist Music Prize, but has yet to receive one of these awards. He has received two Juno Awards from seven nominations. For his success and excellence as a LGBT artist, he has been awarded once (from four nominations) by the Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards, and four times (from six nominations) by the GLAAD Media Awards. Overall, Wainwright has received 9 awards from 32 nominations.
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Release the Stars is the fifth studio album by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, released through Geffen Records on May 15, 2007. Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant was the executive producer; the album was mixed by producers Marius de Vries and Andy Bradfield. Wainwright's most commercially successful album to date, Release the Stars charted in 13 countries, reaching Top 10 positions in Denmark, Norway, and the United Kingdom, and was certified gold in Canada and the UK. The album generated three singles: "Going to a Town", which peaked at number 54 on the UK Singles Chart, "Rules and Regulations", and "Tiergarten".
Wainwright planned to create a more simple piano and voice album originally, but began leaning towards more lush sounds once the recording process started. Guests on Release the Stars include: Richard Thompson, longtime friend and fellow singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson, family members Martha Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle, Neil Tennant, Joan Wasser, and actress Siân Phillips. The world tour supporting the album lasted from May 2007 to February 2008, and included appearances in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Wainwright received two Juno Award nominations for Release the Stars, including Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, and won the Outstanding Music Artist award at the 19th GLAAD Media Awards.
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