Paying Tribute To George Michael

Jacqui James

Like millions around the world, I shed tears when we heard about George Michael’s passing yesterday. As a 10 year-old I playing his Faith album that Much had put on a cassette for me. I remember feeling naughty as I repeatedly played I Want Your Sex, but throughout his career George enjoyed pushing the limits especially with his videos which became his way to express art culture and sexuality.

Once he had escape from the of a record company, by 1986/87, we began to see the real George with his bravo. By 1990, George wasn’t afraid of “coming out” with his sexuality and the fact he felt the “freedom” of being unshackled from his previous record contract.

George enjoyed himself, but was always classy about it. He was religious, yet embraced life and all of life’s pleasures. He made mistakes, but always owned them. He loved and was loved; today’s out-pouring of grief for OUR loss to music proves how loved he was.

Rest In Peace Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. Thankyou for giving us your music and for teaching us how to love others, love ourselves and to use time to the fullest.

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.

Looking forward to writing more children's books, I hope to change the wrong perception of children and adults with disabilities as I was born with Severe Cerebral Palsy (like Christy Brown who wrote My Left Foot). People can view my books at

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  1. Robyn fantin says:

    Beautifully put Jacqui. May he rest in peace. Gone way too soon

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