Montreal-born and bred singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has transfixed fans with his soaring, complex music for decades. Born into music, his father Loudon Wainwright III and mother the late Kate McGarrigle who with her sister Anna created the renowned folk duet The McGarrigle Sisters his talent stirred early. Close family friend Leonard Cohen inspired him, and Cohen’s daughter Lorca is the mother of the daughters he raises with his husband Jörn Weisbrodt. Wainwright’s musical legacy is remarkable – nine albums, film soundtracks and worked with among others Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Robert Wilson, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Heart, Robbie Williams, Jessye Norman, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and Sting. He has written two classical operas and set Shakespeare’s sonnets to music for theatre. Wainwright’s latest project the song “Secret Sister” from the film Rebel Hearts tells the story of the Los Angeles-based convent of The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and what happened to them in the 1960s’. Wainwright has a close personal connection to the story as What She Said’ Anne Brodie.
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