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I'm blessed, says George in 'thank you' to fans after 30 years in pop

GEORGE Michael is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his first single by debuting his first song since fighting for his life as a thank you to fans.

The singer bounced back after a bout of pneumonia last year which nearly killed him and forced him to suspend his tour.

The Careless Whisper hitmaker said he feels "blessed" to still be making music three decades after he began his career.

The new track White Light is the first opportunity for fans to hear his voice since he was in hospital in November, which he called the "worst week of my life".

Michael said the track is available for radio airplay on June 29, the date his first single with Wham!, called Wham Rap, entered the UK charts.

"Although I know the music industry tradition on such occasions is to list the hundreds of millions of albums sold, the number of records broken and awards received over all those years, I would simply like to say thank you."


In a message to fans through his website, he went on: "Most of my fans realise that I dreamed of a career as a singer-songwriter from an early age.

"But never in my wildest imaginings could I have known that I would still be here 30 years later, healthy, happy, and feeling that I still have so much more music to give.

"It is miraculous in so many ways.

"Fate has been so kind to me, as have the millions of people that have bought records and come to see me play year after year since 1982.

"I am truly blessed, and White Light is my thank you to everybody who has been a part of my success."

Michael, who resumes his Symphonica tour on September 4, is working on a studio album, his first for eight years.

White Light is released on August 12.