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Wainwright pens songs for daughter

Rufus Wainwright has revealed he has already written three songs for his baby daughter.

The Canadian-American artist - who releases his new album Out Of The Game this month - said he adores being a dad to Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, whose mother is Lorca Cohen, daughter of the legendary Leonard.

"I've written three songs about her already, although there's only one on the album," he said. "I don't want to be overbearing. I love being a dad. I see so much of her, but I'm really looking forward to when her own personality starts coming through."

The star's new record was produced by his friend Mark Ronson.

"We liked looking at each other when making this album," he smiled. "Most of what I did was mainly to make those big doe eyes of his happy."

Though Rufus' early albums also featured producers at the helm, he took charge on Release The Stars (2007) and All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu (2010), so handing over the reins to Ronson took some getting used to.

"You could say it took a bit of time, yes," he said. "This was not an overnight process, for sure, but I'm OK now.

"People might say they didn't imagine us working together, but Mark and I have a lot in common. We're from the same pot of New York misfits, with Sean Lennon and so on. Second generation showbiz folk, basically," he said, referencing Ronson's band manager father and stepdad Mick Jones of Foreigner.

"And we're both entering the final stages of being young men in New York - Mark's just married and I'm now engaged," added the 38-year-old, talking of partner Jorn Weisbrodt.

:: Rufus Wainwright's seventh studio album Out Of The Game is released on Monday, April 23.

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