George Michael
Name: George Michael
Hobbies/Interests: animals, politics
Charities: Barnardo's; ChildLine; Crusaid; Elton John AIDS Foundation; Macmillan Cancer Support; Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy UK; Outline; Rainbow Trust Children's Charity; Sightsavers International; The Food Chain; The Rhys Daniels Trust

Biography
The hirsute Greek out of Wham! surprised us all by becoming one of the 80s most talented and successful songwriters. His sensual and sexy music never forgets its soulful roots and isn't afraid to make you move on the dancefloor.
Born Georgios (Yorgos) Kyriacos Panayiotou, on the 25 June 1963, in Finchley, London, England. Michael first served his pop apprenticeship in the million-selling duo Wham!, the most commercially successful, teen-orientated band of the 80s. His solo career was foreshadowed in 1984's UK chart-topper "Careless Whisper", a song about a promiscuous two-timer with the oddly attractive line: "Guilty feet have got no rhythm". By the time Wham! split in 1986, Michael was left with the unenviable task of reinventing himself as a solo artist.

George Michael, born as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou is a two-time Grammy Award winning English singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s, when he formed the pop duo Wham! along with his school friend Andrew Ridgeley. His first solo single, "Careless Whisper" was released when he was still in the duo and sold about six million copies worldwide.

He has sold over 100 million records worldwide as of 2010, encompassing 7 British #1 singles, 7 British #1 albums, 8 US #1 singles, and 1 US #1 album. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. In 2004, Radio Academy named Michael as the most played artist on British radio between the period of 1984-2004.

The documentary A Different Story was released in 2005, it covered his personal life and professional career. In 2006, George Michael announced his first tour in 15 years. 25 Live tour was a massive, worldwide undertaking by Michael that spanned three individual tours over the course of three years (2006, 2007, and 2008).