George Michael – new music released for film soundtrack
A previously unheard George Michael song has now been released.
The track, This Is How (We Want You To Get High) was recorded during the George Michael’s final studio sessions in 2015.
This Is How features in the forthcoming rom-com Last Christmas – a movie co-written by Emma Thompson and based around the songbook of George Michael.
The movie stars Emilia Clarke as a bored Christmas-store worker who keeps bumping into Henry Golding’s character around London in serendipitous circumstances.
George Michael’s estate has approved the use of This Is How in the closing scenes of the Last Christmas film.
Who is George Michael?
From his teen heart-throb days of Wham! through to an impressive solo career, George Michael became an important voice for the experience and visibility of gay men.
Born in 1963 in London, George Michael was christened as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. George Michael’s father was a Greek Cypriot restaurateur who emigrated to England in the 1950s, while his mother was an English dancer.
While he was in his early teens, the family moved to Radlett. There, the young George Michael attended Bushey Meads School, where he befriended his future Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley. The two had the same career ambition of being musicians.
As well as busking, George began working as a DJ and then he and Ridgeley formed a band called The Executive.
By 1981, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley had become Wham!
The band’s first album – Fantastic – reached number one in the UK charts in 1983. Singles included Wham Rap! and Club Tropicana.
Their second album – Make It Big – reached number one on the charts in the US. Singles from that album included Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, and Careless Whisper.
In late 1987, Michael released his debut solo album – Faith – and from there, the hits kept coming.
George Michael’s life as a gay man became public knowledge following his arrest in 1998 for public lewdness – he was found having sex in a public toilet in Los Angeles. He embraced his sexuality and confirmed that he cruising for sex was something he enjoyed as a gay man.
Significant relationships included Anselmo Feleppa, Kenny Goss, and Fadi Fawaz.
In the early hours of 25 December 2016, Michael died in bed at his home in Goring-on-Thames, aged 53. He was found by his partner, Fadi Fawaz. The coroner attributed Michael’s death to dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and a fatty liver.