Symphonica is the sixth album and first live album by English singer-songwriter George Michael, released on 14 March 2014 through Aegean and Virgin EMI Records. Symphonica is Michael's first album of new recordings since Patience (2004). The album contains mostly live versions of songs from his 2011–12 Symphonica Tour, including six of his own compositions (the rest being covers). The album was the final work by American producer Phil Ramone, who died in March 2013.
The ‘Symphonica’ album was recorded during George’s wildly successful 2011-12 tour of the same name, a labour of love which fulfilled George’s long-standing ambition of showcasing his extraordinary vocals alongside an orchestra in some of Europe’s finest, most prestigious venues. Like the tour, the ‘Symphonica’ album comprises lovingly arranged and sung versions of carefully selected highlights from George’s sumptuous back catalogue plus interpretations of songs by some of George’s favourite artists.
A collection includes: 'Faith' (1987); Listen Without Prejudice (1990); 'Older' (1996); 'Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael' (1998); 'Songs From The Last Century' (1999); 'Patience' (2004); and 'TwentyFive' (2006).
"Faith" is the debut solo studio album by the English singer George Michael, released on 30 October 1987 by Columbia Records and Epic Records. The album has won several awards including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989. To date, the album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, and received diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). "Faith" spawned six top five singles that substantially helped it dominate the charts in 1987 and 1988.
In memory of George Michael. While his detractors are many and he was not immune to criticism, George Michael remains a first class musical performer and an entertainer of rare ability whose place in the great cannon of popular music was assured soon after he split up Wham. This document celebrates the startling longevity and consummate professionalism of George Michael.