Rupert Wates to help Back Door celebrate anniversary


London-born contemporary singer/songwriter Rupert Wates makes his Hattiesburg debut March 1 at The Back Door for the 27th anniversary show. 

“Everyone is invited to come down and welcome Rupert to the stage and help us celebrate our anniversary,” said David Walker, coordinator.  The doors open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30. 

As always, concerts at The Back Door are donation-only events. To reserve a close table please email us your name and number in your party at  or call or text David at 601-520-1589.


Who is Rupert?

Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full-time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. In London he worked with some of the best performers in the city. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the U.S., now based in New York City and Colorado. Since coming to the U.S., he has won more than 40 songwriting and performing awards.

His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released nine solo CDs. They have received outstanding reviews in the international online press and tracks from them have been played on radio across the world. In addition, Wates' songs have been covered by other artists in the UK, Canada and the U.S. Two full length tribute CDs to his material have been recorded: 'Crazy Puzzle' (2015) by Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers, and 'Wide Open Heart' (July 2017) by Los Angeles vocalist Susan Kohler. Both these CDs were initiated and funded entirely by the artists.