Rufus Wainwright Sign To New Management Deal

By | February 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Steve Macklam and Sam Feldman are pleased to announce the signing of singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright to Macklam Management and S.L. Feldman & Associates‚ management roster. “We‚ve been watching his growth for quite some time. It’s rare to see an artist emerge with such a wonderful combination of talent, character and originality,” agree Macklam and Feldman. “We’re thrilled to represent him.”

Wainwright, who was just nominated for two Juno Awards (Canada’s “Grammy”) for Best Songwriter and Best Alternative Album, launched his first headlining theatre and club tour Feb. 8 in Boston in support of his sophomore effort Poses (DreamWorks), which debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at No. 1, when it was released June 5, 2001.

Wainwright, the son of Loudon Wainwright III and folk singer Kate McGarrigle, recently supplied a cover of the Beatles’ “Across The Universe” to the soundtrack of the Sean Penn film I Am Sam. The track has since been added to new pressings of Poses. Wainwright performed the song, with the help of Sean Lennon and Moby, at “Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music,” a tribute concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York last October. He also performed the song January 15 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Wainwright’s rich, world-weary voice and his gift for evocative melodies have made him one of the most celebrated creative forces to emerge when he released his eponymous debut album in 1998. The release inspired Rolling Stone to name him Best New Artist. Likewise, the Montreal native garnered Top 10 Album of the Year honours in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.

In fact, Wainwright was declared “one of the most whimsical and original young singer/songwriters to come around in years” (New York Times, April 3, 1998), and touted as “a literate lyricist and gifted melodist and an irrepressible front of wisecrack and dish” (Village Voice, July 14, 1998). These accolades presaged the Canadian’s 1999 Juno Award for Best Alternative album.

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Macklam and Feldman also represent Joni Mitchell, Diana Krall, Jesse Cook, The Chieftains, and Norwegian artists Sissel, and Lene Marlin.

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