VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 23 - Rufus Wainwright

June 4, 2021



VERSED is a bi-weekly podcast illuminating the heart and soul of music. Featuring in-depth interviews with songwriters and composers, plus tips and insights to help you navigate your music career. Brought to you by ASCAP, home of the world's greatest music creators.



In celebration of Pride Month, we talk to Rufus Wainwright about his livestreamed concert on June 10, Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios, where he re-creates and celebrates Judy Garland’s classic 1961 Carnegie Hall concert, and shares his thoughts on what it was like to be one of the first openly gay artists when he first emerged on the music scene in the ‘90s. He also talks about family, fatherhood and what the world needs now. We also talk to acclaimed Maine-based singer-songwriter-producer Lady Lamb about how discovering her identity early in life allowed her the freedom of expression to forge her own unique musical path. All this, and some valuable advice from our recent ASCAP Experience session on how important video is to releasing new music today.

+Check out Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios on June 10

+RSVP for the ASCAP Experience

Rufus Wainwright
Photo credit: V. Tony Hauser


Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists, songwriters and composers of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter has released 10 studio albums to date, three DVDs and three live albums including the Grammy-nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. He has collaborated with artists such as Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Robert Wilson, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Heart, Robbie Williams, Jessye Norman, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Sting and producer Mark Ronson, among many others. He has written two operas, numerous songs for movies and TV, and is currently working on his first musical. His latest GRAMMY® and JUNO-nominated album, Unfollow the Rules, finds Wainwright at the peak of his powers, entering artistic maturity with passion, honesty and a new-found fearlessness.

Visit Rufus online at // Follow him on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook 

Lady Lamb
Photo credit: Shervin Lainez


Lady Lamb is the stage name used by Aly Spaltro, a singer, songwriter and producer whose music is an imaginative fusion of folk, pop and indie rock. Spaltro was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1989. She spent the majority of her childhood in the Southwest with a three-year stint in Germany before relocating to Brunswick, ME with her family in 2003. A serious film enthusiast, she took a job at the local video store, Bart & Greg's DVD Explosion, during a gap year before entering film school. Spaltro was working the closing shift, and with the permission of the owners, she used the space as a makeshift music studio after hours. In 2010 she moved to Brooklyn, NY and was eventually approached by Ba Da Bing Records to record an album. In 2013 Ripely Pine became Lady Lamb's first nationally-distributed release. The album earned enthusiastic reviews and led to extensive touring in the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. She followed it up with her next full-length album, 2015's AFTER. It landed on the Billboard rock, independent and Heatseekers albums charts. She followed it in late 2016 with the self-produced EP Tender Warriors Club, recorded at Kristian Matsson's home studio in Sweden. After much anticipation, her third full-length LP, Even in the Tremor, was released on Ba Da Bing Records in April 2019 with B-sides "Arizona" and "We’ve Got a Good Thing Going" released January 2020. Spaltro is currently writing her fourth album.

+Watch Lady Lamb’s film I Feel a Stillness Growing

Visit Lady Lamb online at // Follow Lady Lamb on InstagramTwitter & Facebook

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