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background and accolades
Rupert Wates was born in London. He signed an exclusive publishing deal with Eaton Music in 1994 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 four 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 2014
All songs in the site-wide player except Prayer are from Rupert Wates' new album, The Rank Outsiders Ball. It was released in March 2014 at Bar Underground in New York City. Click here to listen to additional preview tracks from the album. Click here to learn more about the project, including the musicians involved and the studio in Toronto, where they recorded the album in early February 2014.
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