Rufus Wainwright has been called the most extraordinary songwriter of his generation. His complex arrangements prove just how true this is. Whether you’re seeing him perform original pop hits or operatic classics, Wainwright is a captivating performer, musician, and songwriter. If that’s not impressive enough, maybe you’re familiar with his family tree. His mother was Canadian folk singer-songwriter, Kate McGarrigle, and his father is Grammy Award–winning American songwriter, folk singer, Loudon Wainwright III.