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A Message From JD Fortune On The Great Michael Hutchence


Written by Jacqui James

FORMER INXS FRONTMAN J.D has paid respect to the great Michael Hutchence on what would have been Michael’s 53rd birthday.

On his website, Canadian singer/songwriter Fortune issued a heartfelt statement in a tribute to the one and only Michael Hutchence.

I first heard Elegantly Wasted at a party in Ontario, Canada. I remember thinking “This is an amazing song!” A few weeks later, I heard about the very sad loss of Michael Hutchence. It was strange how the timing went.

It felt like a snap shot of life. One minute here, the next, gone.

Before Michael had passed his music was very much alive!

Then the void.

Michael Hutchence touched so many people around the world and reflected our own strengths, weaknesses and passions back at us.

The mark of true art, a true artist.

I humbly submit to you a modest tribute to an incredible energy. A soul that filled us and took us places we may never have gone otherwise.

Recorded over a month while spending time with my friends Ken and Roberta Harrison, (Roberta’s beautiful and powerful voice can be heard singing along in this track) at their home in Ontario. Elegantly Wasted started to take shape.

Ken and I couldn’t always get together due to touring and traveling so he recorded some of my vocals by holding up his cell while I was on speaker phone.

Thank you for taking the time to listen and enjoy the words of a legend. Who, to this day lives on through his music and his fans! A man who’s legacy is still very much alive.

God bless you Michael. Thank you.

Happy Birthday!

With all due respect,


JD is currently working on several projects including new music and an autobiography film is in production.

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

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