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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 bio is just barely readable. The first paragraph is one run-on sentence
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Got a minute ? There's a church that was built and they need monetary donations to help cover expenses , anything helps , the church is Saint Patrick church - 1046 E. 34 th street Los Angeles California 90011 - (323) 232- 8756 ( 323) 234- 5963 - Pastor Rev. Timothy Dyer - Jesus is God :)
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Jordon
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Love hallelujah
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junkforme3
Bring back the lyrics!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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thagishuthar a u
Nuff said!! Looooove love this song!!
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Leonard Cohen~~
Rufus does a great great version!!!!
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William Griffin... He did not write the song, but he has certainly produced one of, if not THE best versions of it.
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Love it soo much.
LUV the movie it went with!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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It's such a powerful song.
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can anyone validate that he wrote this song.. or someone else did?
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LOVE the song hallelujah!!
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Lovet
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this is amazing
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hi123446
Hallelujah for hallelujah ��
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It's Jordon Hallelujah U saw her bathing on the roof
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually work
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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
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Look under your pillow
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great voice
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Love the most inspiring song ever
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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
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Look under your pillow
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How do you post?
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wcnadeau
I've have very much enjoyed the videos that he made with my son
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linge19q5
Best version hands down is John Cales
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I like this. However Katies version is much better.
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Sing it Rufus . Great singing . Lets give Him a Chance Guys & Gals .
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Love this song
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His voice man. Amazing
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Best song
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Who else has heard skydoesminec r a f t sing this?
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Kiss your left hand
Close your hand
Say your crushes names
Pick a school day
Come this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out on the school day you picked
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You should talk, yoshisgirl01 . You can't even spell can't.
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Its never ogre...
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redwingsgirl 5 1 4
Madelinesiby l , "your faith was strong but you needed proof" is straight from the song. I don't think she was criticizing.
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Goodbye Girl.
That is what he believes in, it doesn't matter if you do or don't. That is what he chose to believe. So don't criticize.
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ma.zirklecra z y
Calming
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No it wasn't Kathywells.r w k w I think that his is better, but we all have different opinions though.
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This song is fantastic
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He is attractive
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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
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Hallelujah is my favorite song
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Speechless.. . h e a r d it before...jus t now feeling it
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One of my favorite artist of all times
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jlinder3660
pl.
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Jeff Buckley's version is superior, but this version is not bad in anyway, just seems kinda rushed.
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homeworkforj e n n a seriously i doubt it, you cant even spell violin correctly.
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Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
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Look under your pillow
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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
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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!!!
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