It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

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
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: Vibrate: The Best Of (Deluxe Edition)

1. Bitter Tears

2. Going To A Town

4. Out Of The Game

5. Across The Universe (Remix)

6. Me And Liza

7. Complainte De La Butte

8. Hallelujah

10. Oh What A World

11. Chic And Pointless

12. April Fools

13. WWIII

14. Poses

16. Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk

18. Vibrate

x

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

x

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

x

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

x

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

x

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)

x

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

x

Track List: Forever And A Year (Single)

1. Forever And A Year

x

Track List: Going To A Town

1. Going To A Town

x

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

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

x

Track List: Je Reviendrai A Montreal (Single)

x

Track List: Out Of The Game (Single)

1. Out Of The Game

Comments

Report as inappropriate
STAY OUTTA MY SWAMP
Report as inappropriate
Shrek is love. Shrek is life.
Report as inappropriate
Who's with me
Report as inappropriate
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
Report as inappropriate
I LOVE HALLELJAH ONE OF MY FAV YOUTUBERS SANG IT
Report as inappropriate
S
P
L
E
N
D
I
D

Rendition ...
0:o))))
Report as inappropriate
This isn't even the version that's played on shrek. They need the version from the movie by John Cale.
Report as inappropriate
Leonard Cohen's poetry
Report as inappropriate
sweet.ashley m
I loved hallelujah
Report as inappropriate
This is a really good song to just chill to
Report as inappropriate
I couldn't ask for a better song
Report as inappropriate
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?
Report as inappropriate
Shreck is love shreck is life
Report as inappropriate
His version is good and I do like his voice but Jeff Buckley's version is my favorite
Report as inappropriate
He has a beautiful voice and does a wonderful job on this fantastic song....
Report as inappropriate
Amen its sherk
Report as inappropriate
:-) smile I �� it
Report as inappropriate
It's beautiful
Report as inappropriate
raroo87
Geg Morgan��
Report as inappropriate
decent rendition of an amazing song written and soulfully spit by Leonard Cohen, artist laureate (in my world)
Report as inappropriate
flfemflier
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.
Report as inappropriate
Follow me
Report as inappropriate
Is he still alive?
Report as inappropriate
love this song and this artist!!
Report as inappropriate
Amen

Report as inappropriate
❤️always enjoy listening to this❤️
Report as inappropriate
Amazing voice, love hallelujah
Report as inappropriate
jc.mcquillen 1 5
you are such a great singer
Report as inappropriate
Amen ❤ Shrek✌❤✌
Report as inappropriate
dancingkingw o l f 6 6
I love Rufus Wainwright
Report as inappropriate
I've always loved Rufus' voice!!!!
Report as inappropriate
Rufus Wainwright did not write this song. It belongs to Leonard Cohen.
Report as inappropriate
Always love hearing Hallelujah
Report as inappropriate
I love hallelujah
Report as inappropriate
So sad but love this song��
Report as inappropriate
Shrek is love shrek is life
Report as inappropriate
Love him
Report as inappropriate
Srsly they don't play Shrek anymore on my network cable :(
Report as inappropriate
His voice in all his songs are Amazing, but take a minute and listen to his voice in Hallelujah. It's so amesome.
Report as inappropriate
gardnersincc
Description should point out that the song was composed by Leonard Cohen, not Rufus Wainright. John Cale made it famous.
Report as inappropriate
Such a talented and all around amazing artist. Awesome.
Report as inappropriate
Listen to all his songs not just Hallelujah. He is a masterful musician and will go down in history as one of the greats.
Report as inappropriate
I have seen Rufus 3 times in LA. Truly amazing and luminous voice and performer. Love U Rufus!!!
Report as inappropriate
I like this song, but how did it get on my classic rock station alongside ACDC?
Report as inappropriate
His hallelujah is so depressing for me now...it was my grandma's favorite song.
Report as inappropriate
He's so lovely.
Report as inappropriate
wow truly amazing
Report as inappropriate
I only love the song of his from shrek, because shrek is love
Report as inappropriate
Love it
Report as inappropriate
It's a good song
Show more

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[110, 81, 120, 93, 116, 71, 65, 124, 102, 123, 96, 107, 68, 107, 122, 69, 123, 114, 77, 72, 71, 112, 81, 67, 94, 124, 74, 69, 71, 75, 83, 75, 89, 79, 117, 124, 99, 72, 115, 76, 108, 101, 87, 111, 66, 81, 118, 73, 94, 65, 98, 119, 99, 64, 75, 83, 74, 112, 71, 118, 101, 105, 106, 125, 76, 71, 65, 101, 77, 78, 120, 64, 65, 110, 115, 97, 102, 64, 117, 73, 77, 127, 121, 122, 91, 124, 67, 111, 81, 81, 86, 117, 106, 64, 86, 123, 72, 90, 117, 118, 64, 109, 92, 124, 67, 107, 82, 78, 85, 77, 64, 78, 71, 121, 118, 89, 96, 125, 123, 67, 81, 75, 101, 108, 115, 110, 85, 122, 95, 75, 65, 92, 107, 117, 120, 108, 96, 100, 88, 79, 64, 101, 79, 81, 110, 112, 86, 82, 122, 90, 126, 78, 118, 113, 99, 93, 108, 79, 71, 103, 69, 91, 99, 65, 71, 71, 102, 112, 125, 67, 117, 125, 74, 106, 89, 105, 115, 88, 119, 95, 120, 93, 105, 74, 77, 117, 70, 91, 76, 115, 124, 114, 100, 77, 83, 102, 107, 97, 101, 112, 65, 77, 110, 78, 115, 104, 106, 100, 99, 127, 111, 87, 110, 65, 122, 96, 117, 66, 92, 116, 106, 118, 82, 72, 98, 87, 68, 106, 108, 107, 91, 77, 124, 118, 123, 114, 83, 126, 79, 70, 105, 127, 127, 124, 73, 76, 71, 116, 91, 66, 68, 110, 104, 101, 64, 88, 111, 65, 88, 69, 113, 73, 74, 123, 117, 72, 105, 99, 71, 103, 80, 120, 109, 99, 79, 84, 97, 109, 123, 64, 84, 127, 122, 70, 113, 81, 122, 127, 122, 119, 104, 110, 80, 111, 93, 123, 93, 97, 83, 113, 124, 118, 122, 98, 109, 84, 76, 121, 108, 121, 66, 71, 118, 115, 75, 123, 85, 96, 123, 72, 116, 123, 66, 116, 93, 110, 119, 123, 86, 67, 91, 124, 111, 112, 120, 108, 113, 122, 76, 111, 112, 109, 118, 87, 89, 115, 85, 90, 110, 83, 101, 75, 124, 82, 121, 65, 65, 77, 75, 83, 117, 65, 123, 114, 123, 94, 68, 114, 116, 96, 85, 115, 80, 75, 120, 100, 86, 79, 118, 90, 109, 79, 83, 97, 86, 84, 108, 85, 76, 92, 121, 113, 75, 116, 86, 118, 103, 116, 91, 90, 114, 78, 104, 78, 90, 126, 78, 107, 109, 65, 67, 115, 103, 76, 115, 68, 75, 119, 95, 102, 69, 78, 126, 90, 100, 85, 99, 77, 71, 122, 78, 92, 98, 110, 115, 99, 114, 96, 111, 122, 103, 89, 115, 75, 84, 87, 91, 110, 82, 110, 72, 120, 116, 74, 91, 90, 94, 92, 84, 118, 83, 70, 90, 115, 88, 93, 66, 69, 120, 119, 84, 115, 93, 123, 75, 91, 69, 120, 101, 117, 102, 87, 115, 89, 119, 76, 87, 77, 107, 69, 95, 64, 81, 115, 89, 121, 89, 72, 88, 124, 87, 100, 109, 66, 69, 79, 64, 107, 79, 90, 68, 97]