GRAMMY-nominated artist Rufus Wainwright recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Wainwright discussed his early musical influences, personal songwriting and his latest album, Out Of The Game, among other topics. Wainwright also performed "The Art Teacher" from his 2004 EP, Waiting For A Want.
"I would say about 99 percent of the time [my songs] stem from some personal experience," said Wainwright. "But it's all very impressionistic … I definitely lose the plot in terms of reality and [the] dream world."
The son of GRAMMY winner Loudon Wainwright III and singer Kate McGarrigle, Wainwright has been described by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet." Wainwright released his self-titled debut album in 1998. In 2007 he scored his highest charting album with Release The Stars, which peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200. In 2008 Wainwright scored the first GRAMMY nomination of his career for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall, a recreation of Judy Garland's famed GRAMMY Album Of The Year-winning concert album.
Released in May and produced by three-time GRAMMY winner Mark Ronson, Out Of The Game peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard 200. The album features special guests such as Wilco's Nels Cline, the Dap-Kings, Sean Lennon, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner. The iTunes bonus track "WWIII" premiered exclusively on GRAMMY.com in April. Wainwright is currently in the midst of a global tour, with dates scheduled through May 2013.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include An Evening With Bobby Womack (Dec. 18), 101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age Of Vinyl From The Beatles To The Sex Pistols (Jan. 9) and Homegrown: Lifehouse With Special Guest, Producer Jude Cole (Jan. 17).