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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, Wainwright released both Release the Stars and Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. 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, Wainwright 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. In 2014, Wainwright delivered the concert album Live from the Artist's Den and the compilation Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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This song is fantastic
He is attractive
I think Jeff Buckley 's version is the best. There's more feeling and more soul in it. The first time I heard Jeff's I stopped what I was doing. It was that amazing
Hallelujah is my favorite song
Speechless.. . h e a r d it before...jus t now feeling it
One of my favorite artist of all times
jlinder3660
pl.
Jeff Buckley's version is superior, but this version is not bad in anyway, just seems kinda rushed.
homeworkforj e n n a seriously i doubt it, you cant even spell violin correctly.
Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Post on 5 songs
Look under your pillow
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if u copy this on 10 other songs in 10 min u will be kissed or asked out tmr and if u break the chain u will see a little girl in your room tonight and someone will say they love u or there sorry in 1 min
Don't read this actually works!! Well you're already reading this so keep on reading I guess but put this on 5 different songs in the next 143 mineutes if you do the love of your life will kiss you if you don't you'll die in 2 days!!!
FAVORITE, ALL TIME SONG

THAT VOICE, THE INCREDIBLE

VOICE

WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW

LORD, JESUS CHRIST

HALLELUYAH ✌✌✌

ELIZABETH CHAVEZ H
xoracheljoyx o
YouTube shrek
I can play this song on the violen (:
Pitch!
Shrek 2 I love the movie
I FORGET HOW BUT SKYDOESMINEC R A F T BROUGHT ME HERE
mjoslyn99
Gosh dang it y is it so damn emotional... s o r r y
I can't take shrek seriously anymore
Your faith was strong but u needed proof....
Don't read this because this actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if u don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've been reading so don't stop. This is so crazy put this on at lease 5 songs. In 143minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I love his voice ...thk u
Follow me for shreek
mjoslyn99
Crazily enough it hit my emotional spot
ivy_spencer
my favorite is hallelujah!
iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone purple
:(bc go Hz chi Hz go us go go if go :(chi
Jesus dig




j144174
Weddng. Mied.
Oh my goodness shrek is love shrek is life I love shrek so much he should just like marry me right now
No I will not @bitsyjean14
bitsyjean14
Say your name 20 times
Say your crushes name 5 times
Then this Wednesday your crush will ask you out IF you post this on two other songs
Love the. Song not the Rendition
SHREK IS LOVE
SHREK IS LIFE
I should've expected the brogres to invade his Pandora page. I mean I understand. But you should totally listen to his other songs. They're beautiful.
cool
jxfreyre
Its all ogre now
:'(:'(:'(
I's so sad :'( it sometimes I cry for my uncle he died
yeah and killer queen by queen is good as well
He seriously sings the best version of Hallelujah, all the others ones cant even compare.
Shrek is love Shrek for life
I love shech love his wife love him to I saw him
Shrek is love, Shrek is life...I can't be the only one...
I just absolutely love it!!!!
Shrek is love. Shrek is life!
Damn!*crying *
His voice is soothing and wonderful. I've loved every song I've ever heard by him :)
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