Rufus's first record contract was with DreamWorks Records.
Rufus's first music group was named "McGarrigle Sisters and Family."
Rufus started playing the piano at the age of 6.
In 1998 Rufus released his debut album entitled Rufus Wainwright.
Wainwright's song "Matinee Idol" is about the deceased River Phoenix.
Wainwright's song "Natasha" is written about friend Natasha Lyonne.
Named "Best New Artist" by "Rolling Stone" magazine in 1999.
In 2001 Rufus contributed a cover version of the Leonard Cohen song Hallejua for the soundtrack of the movie Shrek.
As well as being a baritone singer, Rufus can also play both guitar and the piano.
Rufus is an openly gay singer and has often talked about his sexuality through his music.
In 2007 Rufus released his Rufus, Rufus, Rufus Does Judy, Judy, Judy concert at Carnegie Hall on DVD.
Rufus' sister Martha is also a singer.
Rufus appeared on the June 2007 cover of gay magazine Attitude.
Rufus: I've developed into quite a swan. I'm one of those people that will probably look better and better as I get older until I drop dead of beauty.
Rufus: Why be in music, why write songs, if you can't use them to explore life or an idealized vision of life? I believe a lot of our lives are spent asleep, and what I've been trying to do is hold on to those moments when a little spark cuts through the fog and nudges you.
Rufus Wainwright: I like to make the mundane fabulous whenever I can.
Rufus Wainwright: There's no life without humor. It can make the wonderful moments of life truly glorious, and it can make tragic moments bearable.
Rufus Wainwright: It seems like the older I get, the more unreal the world becomes.
Rufus Wainwright: Everything I do, I feel is genius. Whether it is or it isn't.