Rupert Wates was born in London, and he is “a ridiculously talented musician,” said Kitchen Sink House Concerts in Arizona.
He has been a full-time songwriter since the late 1990′s when he signed an exclusive deal with Eaton Music Publishing. He has written songs in all kinds of styles for all kinds of artists. Wayne Slater-Lunsford, writing in Concerts In Your Home reviews, said Rupert is “one of those rare artists who leaves an audience better than he found them.” Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange considers him “a prime figure in American music who’s just biding his time until he’s discovered.” And Ryan Moore of AMP The Magazine wrote that he is “more compelling, more sympathetic and more emotionally accessible than many other modern performers.”
Moving to Paris in 2001, Rupert developed his skills as a singer and performer and formed his own group. In 2005 he recorded the album ‘Sweet or Bitter Wine,’ his first as a solo artist. The album was released on the Mainstem label in autumn 2005.
Since September 2006, he has been based in the USA. His music has found a warm reception in America. The Forwardian Arts Society, in describing a recent performance, wrote, “It was as if Mr. Wates was standing at the well of humanity and drawing up the emotions and experiences of mankind to the surface where they could nourish those who partook of them from his vocal and musical instruments.”
Since coming to the US, Rupert has won over 30 songwriting awards
Wates averages 170 live shows a year, and he has performed in every state in America to critical acclaim. “[Wates] made us all sit up pop-eyed at what he could do with six strings,” wrote Keith Harrelson of Moonlight on the Mountain in Alabama. And in Concerts In Your Home reviews, C. Murphy wrote, “Our audience was spellbound for the duration of his performance.”
He has released six albums. His recordings have gained outstanding reviews and continue to be aired on college and mainstream radio all over the world.
-Bio from www.rupertwatesmusic.com
Concerts In Your Home (www.concertsinyourhome.com) voted Rupert one of 3 Artists Of The Year for 2013. They made this selection among from the hundreds of performers on their database.
At the show on May 31, Rupert will have 2 new Cds to flog, ‘The Rank Outsiders Ball’ (2014) and ‘The Nightwatchers’ (2015).
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