was a ground-breaking British pop artist who has sold more than 120 million records worldwide. Starting out as one half of the highly successful music duo Wham!, he went on to enjoy a glittering solo career spanning three decades.
His Grammy award-winning debut album Faith was a critical and commercial success that established Michael as a global musical force and style icon, elevating him to superstar status.
Further No.1 albums followed including Listen Without Prejudice, Older and Patience as well as hit songs like the global anthems ‘Freedom! ‘90’, ‘Jesus To A Child’ and ‘Outside’.
(born 26 January 1963) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was a member (with George Michael) of the music duo Wham!.
Ridgeley was born in Windlesham, Surrey to Jennifer and Albert Ridgeley. His mother is British and his father is Franco-Egyptian. Ridgeley grew up in Bushey, Hertfordshire, and attended Bushey Meads School. His mother was a schoolteacher at Bushey Heath Primary School and his father worked for Canon. When George Michael was enrolled at the school, Ridgeley volunteered to take him under his wing.
After years of playing in various music groups, Michael and Ridgeley formed Wham! They then approached various record labels with a homemade tape (which took ten minutes to record in Ridgeley's living room), and signed with Innervision Records. According to I'm Coming to Take You to Lunch, a book written by Wham's manager, Simon Napier-Bell, the band left Innervision after the first album and signed to CBS.