Although Rufus Wainwright spent some time away from producing music while pursuing other creative endeavors, including the premiere of his opera Prima Donna and the recreation of Judy Garland’s Carnegie Hall concert, Wainwright’s most recent album Out of Game is definitely not out of touch.
Inspired by the birth of his daughter Viva, his engagement and marriage to partner Jorn Weisbrodt, and the death of his mother Kate McGarrigle, the album reflects Wainwright’s powerful, but conflicting, emotions. With soulful tunes that fans know and love, upbeat electric rhythms, and echoes of ’70s beats that inspired him in the first place, Wainwright keeps it fresh throughout his album.
Just two days before Valentine’s Day, Wainwright is bringing his sound to D.C. at the 9:30 Club , and we’ve got your chance to win a pair of free tickets!
The American-Canadian has certainly experienced a tumultuous past filled with both highs, like being named the “Best New Artist of the Year” by Rolling Stone in 1996 and gaining critical acclaim for his previous albums—as well as lows, such as his struggle through drug addiction in the early 2000s. Wainwright’s music artfully reflects these struggles with lyrics that his fans can relate to.
Known for his melancholy but inspiring cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Rufus Wainwright captures numerous emotions in his songs. For your chance to win free tickets, in the comments below, tell us the song and artist you go to for when you are sorting out mixed feelings. Mine is “Sorrow” by The National.
One introspective winner will be chosen at noon on Monday, February 11. If you’re not chosen, be sure to get tickets!