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"Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright" (born July 22, 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. He is the son of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. Since 1998, he has recorded four albums of original music and several EPs.
Wainwright was born in Rhinebeck, New York, USA, to folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle (they divorced while he was a child). He began to play the piano at age six, and by age thirteen he was touring with his sister Martha, mother Kate, and aunt Anna as the "McGarrigle Sisters and Family." His song "I'm Running," which he performed in the movie ''Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller,'' and in which he also played a minor character, was nominated for the 1988 Genie Award for Best Original Song and earned him a nomination for the 1990 Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist.