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background and accolades
Rupert Wates was born in London. He signed an exclusive publishing deal with Eaton Music in the late 1990's and has been a full-time songwriter ever since. He moved to the USA in fall 2006. Since 2007 he has won over 30 songwriting awards. Full bio
He has released eight full-length CDs. Each has received outstandingly good reviews, and has been played regularly by radio stations in the USA, Canada, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Israel and Australia.
Rupert Wates averages 170 live shows per year across America and in Canada. Audiences everywhere respond to his brand of acoustic, melodic art/folk: haunting songs that ring true.
"What a performance... It was a sheer delight to hear him..." (The Forwardian Arts Society)
"[His] narrative storytelling is superb -- even by the highest folk music standards."
(Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel)
"Truly gripping lyrics with great themes and troubling, witty messages. An inspirational artist."
(Leith FM Radio 98.8 FM Scotland)
released in march 2016
The eighth CD from singer-songwriter Rupert Wates is an album of acoustic love songs inspired by the beauty of Colorado. It depicts the journey of two lovers, as they travel like Wild West outlaws in search of new frontiers and freedoms. In keeping with the album's setting, its sound is pastoral, rootsy, folk-inflected. At the forefront is Wates' signature fluid fingerstyle guitar, and his distinctive vocals, at once gentle and intense. Learn more