Watch: Rufus Wainwright on Judy Garland, His New Album and Touring Again

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday June 2, 2021

Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright  

For more than two decades, Rufus Wainwright has been at the forefront of the music industry. Boasting a discography that includes nine studio albums, four DVDs, and three live albums, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and opera composer shows no signs of slowing down. His latest venture — an intimate tribute concert celebrating Judy Garland's recording career with Capitol Records, streams on June 10.

Garland and other music icons from Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra have recorded in the iconic Capitol Studios, known for its underground echo chamber, on-site mastering department, and top-of-the-line recording equipment. Wainwright, backed by a trio, revisits some of Garland's classics and also welcomes special guest Renée Zellweger, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the Hollywood star in her later years.

Wainwright also shares the inspiration for his latest studio album, the Grammy-nominated "Unfollow the Rules." This is a rare chance to hear Wainwright discuss his creative process, how his writing and singing have evolved throughout his career, and what might be next in his treasure chest of talents (a musical, perhaps?).

This can't-miss conversation puts Rufus Wainwright in the well-deserved spotlight.

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Matthew Wexler is EDGE's Senior Editor, Features & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.