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Rufus Wainwright

A singer/songwriter whose lush, theatrical pop harked back to the traditions of Tin Pan Alley, cabaret, and even opera, Rufus Wainwright was born in 1973; the son of folk music luminaries Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, his parents divorced while he was a child, and he was raised by his mother in Montreal. Beginning his piano studies at age six, by 13 he was touring with his mother, aunt Anna, and his sister Martha in a group billed as the McGarrigle Sisters and Family; a year later, Wainwright was nominated for a Juno (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) as Most Promising Young Artist, while his "I'm A-Runnin'" was concurrently nominated for a Genie (the Canadian counterpart to an Oscar) for Best Song in a Film.

Coming out as a homosexual while still in his teens, Wainwright sought solace in opera throughout his adolescent years, also becoming an enormous fan of performers including Edith Piaf, Al Jolson, and Judy Garland. After attending the prestigious Millbrook School in upstate New York, he briefly studied music at Montreal's McGill University, eventually turning away from classical performance toward pop and rock. Becoming a fixture on the Montreal club circuit, Wainwright soon cut a series of demos with producer Pierre Marchand; Loudon Wainwright III then passed a copy of the tape to friend Van Dyke Parks, who in turn handed it on to DreamWorks exec Lenny Waronker. The label signed him soon after, resulting in the release of Rufus Wainwright during the spring of 1998. The album landed on several critics' "Best of 1998" lists, while Wainwright spent the next few years touring and appearing sporadically on soundtracks (Shrek) and compilations (The McGarrigle Hour). His sophomore album, Poses, brought similar acclaim in mid-2001.

After spending much of 2001 and 2002 touring on his own and with Tori Amos, Wainwright settled into Bearsville Studio in Woodstock, New York with producer Marius de Vries to record sort of a double album. The first project, Want One, was released in September 2003, with Want Two following a year later. In 2007, he released both Release the Stars and Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, a restaging of Garland's legendary Judy at Carnegie Hall performance from 1961. In 2010, Wainwright delivered his sixth studio album, the stripped-down All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, a 12-track, Shakespeare-influenced collection of new material that relied almost solely on the artist's voice and piano. The following year, the musician embarked on his seventh album with the intention of returning to the ornate pop of his early days. The resulting Out of the Game, which was produced by Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Duran Duran), arrived in May 2012. It was followed by the concert album Live from the Artist's Den and the compilation Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, both in 2014. A recording of his 2009 debut opera, the French-language Prima Donna, was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2015. The label also put out his next studio album, Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, the following spring. Three of the musical sonnets had appeared on Songs for Lulu but were reworked for Take All My Loves, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. Guests on the album included Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, Martha Wainwright, and Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine, among several other actors and musicians as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) (Single)

1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)

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Track List: Hallelujah (Feat. Choir! Choir! Choir!) (Single)

1. Hallelujah (Feat. Choir! Choir! Choir!)

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Track List: Je Reviendrai A Montreal (Single)

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Track List: Live From The Artists Den (Live)

1. Candles (Live)

2. Rashida (Live)

3. Song Of You (Live)

4. Barbara (Live)

5. Welcome To The Ball (Live)

6. The One You Love (Live)

7. Respectable Dive (Live)

8. Jericho (Live)

9. Out Of The Game (Live)

10. One Man Guy (Live)

11. Going To A Town (Live)

12. Montauk (Live)

13. 14th Street (Live)

14. The Art Teacher (Live)

15. On My Way To Town (Live)

16. Bitter Tears (Live)

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Track List: Vibrate: The Best Of

1. Going To A Town

2. Out Of The Game

3. Me And Liza

4. Hallelujah

5. Oh What A World

6. April Fools

7. Poses

8. Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk

9. Vibrate

10. The One You Love

11. I Don't Know What It Is

12. The Art Teacher

13. Go Or Go Ahead

14. Dinner At Eight

15. Foolish Love

16. Sometimes You Need

17. Grey Gardens

18. Tiergarten

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Track List: Out Of The Game (Single)

1. Out Of The Game

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Track List: Out Of The Game

1. Out Of The Game

2. Jericho

3. Rashida

4. Barbara

5. Welcome To The Ball

6. Montauk

7. Bitter Tears

8. Respectable Dive

9. Perfect Man

10. Sometimes You Need

11. Song Of You

12. Candles

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Track List: All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu

1. Who Are You New York?

3. Martha

4. Give Me What I Want And Give It To Me Now

5. True Loves

9. The Dream

10. What Would I Ever Do With A Rose

11. Les Feux D'artifice T'appellent

12. Zebulon

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Track List: Hallelujah

1. Hallelujah

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Track List: Release The Stars

1. Do I Disappoint You

2. Going To A Town

3. Tiergarten

4. Nobody's Off The Hook

5. Between My Legs

6. Rules And Regulations

7. Not Ready To Love

8. Slideshow

9. Tulsa

10. Leaving For Paris No. 2

11. Sanssouci

12. Release The Stars

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Track List: Going To A Town

1. Going To A Town

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Track List: Want Two

1. Agnus Dei

2. The One You Love

3. Peach Trees

4. Little Sister

5. The Art Teacher (Live)

6. Hometown Waltz (Live)

7. This Love Affair

8. Gay Messiah

9. Memphis Skyline

10. Waiting For A Dream

11. Crumb By Crumb

12. Old Whore's Diet

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Track List: Want (Deluxe Version)

Disc 1

1. Oh What A World

2. I Don't Know What It Is

3. Vicious World

4. Movies Of Myself

5. Pretty Things

6. Go Or Go Ahead

7. Vibrate

8. 14th Street

9. Natasha

10. Harvester Of Hearts

11. Beautiful Child

12. Want

13. 11:11

14. Dinner At Eight

Disc 2

1. Agnus Dei

2. The One You Love

3. Peach Trees

4. Little Sister

5. The Art Teacher

6. Hometown Waltz

7. This Love Affair

8. Gay Messiah

9. Memphis Skyline

10. Waiting For A Dream

11. Crumb By Crumb

12. Old Whore's Diet

13. Chelsea Hotel No. 2 (Live At The Brighton Dome, Brighton, England/2004)

14. In WIth The Ladies

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Track List: Want One

1. Oh What A World

2. I Don't Know What It Is

3. Viscious World

4. Movies Of Myself

5. Pretty Things

6. Go Or Go Ahead

7. Vibrate

8. 14th Street

9. Natasha

10. Harvester Of Hearts

11. Beautiful Child

12. Want

13. 11:11

14. Dinner At Eight

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Track List: Poses

1. Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk

2. Greek Song

3. Poses

4. Shadows

5. California

6. The Tower Of Learning

7. Grey Gardens

8. Rebel Prince

9. The Consort

10. One Man Guy

11. Evil Angel

12. In A Graveyard

13. Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk (Reprise)

14. Across The Universe (Remix)

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Track List: Rufus Wainwright

1. Foolish Love

2. Danny Boy

3. April Fools

4. In My Arms

5. Millbrook

6. Baby

7. Beauty Mark

8. Barcelona

9. Matinee Idol

10. Damned Ladies

11. Sally Ann

12. Imaginary Love

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Track List: Forever And A Year (Single)

1. Forever And A Year

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I remember this song in shrek
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Shrek
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Say Selena
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Check your voice
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Hey, elly, I'm the same age!!!
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Hey, love me comment me, I'm the same age!!!
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I am 10 and my grandparents are decreased elly Comment me I'll comment you!!
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Love you!!!!!!!!! ! !
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My school's band is doing this song this year
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Hallelujah makes me cry everytime. It's such a good song though! It makes me think of all my grandparents . They all died and I am only 10 years old. And I had 4 and only met 2
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This makes me cry every time I listen to it��
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#Stopthechai n t e x t s
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I thought David Byrne of the Talking Heads performed this on Shrek.
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STAY OUTTA MY SWAMP
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Shrek is love. Shrek is life.
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I am making a squad ok every song you here comment #Stopthechai n t e x t s
Plz do this it drives me crazy that people like to say "say your crushes name 5 time's and your name 3 time and repost in 10 min and you will get a kiss from them but if you don't make it you will die " I hate it so comment #Stopthechai n t e x t s
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I LOVE HALLELJAH ONE OF MY FAV YOUTUBERS SANG IT
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This isn't even the version that's played on shrek. They need the version from the movie by John Cale.
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Leonard Cohen's poetry
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I loved hallelujah
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This is a really good song to just chill to
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I couldn't ask for a better song
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kellied
I didn't like Rufus' version as much as Leonard's until my 13 year old commented that Canada has a lot of talented singers! and how he helped her start to love this genre with Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, etc. What's not to love with Rufus now?
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Shreck is love shreck is life
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His version is good and I do like his voice but Jeff Buckley's version is my favorite
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He has a beautiful voice and does a wonderful job on this fantastic song....
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Amen its sherk
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:-) smile I �� it
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It's beautiful
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decent rendition of an amazing song written and soulfully spit by Leonard Cohen, artist laureate (in my world)
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What an arrogant, talentless adz hole Wainright is to DESTROY the flow, continuity, and atmosphere of Leonard Cohen's second best masterwork (after Susanne) by insisting on that jarring substitution of "you" for "ya" in each instance. WTF ? If that is his "personal stamp" it shows he really doesn't have OR deserve one.
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Is he still alive?
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love this song and this artist!!
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Amen

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❤️always enjoy listening to this❤️
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Amazing voice, love hallelujah
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you are such a great singer
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Amen ❤ Shrek✌❤✌
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I love Rufus Wainwright
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I've always loved Rufus' voice!!!!
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Rufus Wainwright did not write this song. It belongs to Leonard Cohen.
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Always love hearing Hallelujah
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I love hallelujah
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