Jesus to a Child

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"Jesus to a Child"
Single by George Michael
from the album Older
B-side "One More Try" (live gospel version)
Released 13 October 1995
Format Cassette, CD single
Recorded 1993–1995
Genre Bossa nova
Length 6:51
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Killer"/"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
"Jesus to a Child"

"Jesus to a Child" is a song by British musician George Michael. The song peaked at number 1 in the United Kingdom[1] and Australia, and at number 2 in the mainland European charts. The song has also become George Michael's highest direct entry in the American charts. The song is one of George Michael's best-known songs and was included on the 1996 album Older. It was a melancholy tribute to his lover Anselmo Feleppa.

"Jesus to a Child" was the first of six singles from the album Older. It was Michael's sixth UK #1, although only the third as an entirely solo performer.


Although it was not officially released until 1995, Michael unveiled the song in 1994 during the inaugural MTV Europe Music Awards, where he performed it live in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

The song was Michael's first self-penned hit in his homeland for almost four years and entered the UK Singles Chart straight at No. 1 in January 1996. It became his first solo single to enter the UK Singles Chart at the top,[1] his first solo No. 1 from a studio album (all his previous solo No. 1s had been one-off projects, either during the Wham! years or as a guest or co-vocalist) and, on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, it became the highest new entry (No. 7) by a British artist for more than 25 years. It was also Michael's longest UK Top 40 single at almost seven minutes long.


The song was a melancholy tribute to Michael's Brazilian lover Anselmo Feleppa, whom he met when performing in Rio de Janeiro in 1991. Feleppa died two years later from an AIDS-related brain haemorrhage. Michael had been unable to write for the next 18 months as a consequence of his grief, but then penned the words to "Jesus to a Child" in little more than an hour, indicating that the time was right to move on with his life. The song is written with a rhythm and harmony that is influenced by the Brazilian bossa nova style.

The exact identity of the song's subject—and the nature of their relationship—was cause for a certain amount of innuendo at the time, as Michael had not confirmed his homosexuality and did not do so until 1998. Nowadays, Michael consistently dedicates the song to Feleppa before performing it live.


Popular Macedonian singer Toše Proeski (1981–2007) covered this song during his concerts, and one of his recordings of it features on his album So Ljubav od Toše (Eng. With Love From Toše), posthumously released 2011.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD 1 (VSCDT 1571)
  1. "Jesus to a Child" – 6:50
  2. "One More Try" (live gospel version) – 5:21
  3. "Older" (instrumental version) – 5:18
UK CD 2 (VSCDX 1571)
  1. "Jesus to a Child" – 6:50
  2. "Freedom '94" (live version) – 6:04
  3. "One More Try" (live gospel version) – 5:21
  4. "Older" (instrumental version) – 5:18
Cassette single
  1. "Jesus to a Child" – 6:50
  2. "One More Try" (live gospel version) – 5:21
  3. "Older" (instrumental version) – 5:18

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Earth Song" by Michael Jackson
UK Singles Chart number-one single
14 January 1996
Succeeded by
"Spaceman" by Babylon Zoo


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