The death of pop singer George Michael made waves across the internet on Christmas Day. Country star Carrie Underwood was one of many artists to pay her respects to the former Wham! lead singer.
In an emotional and heartfelt post on Instagram, Underwood revealed just how influential Michael was to her as a performer. The “Heartbeat” singer highlighted just how influential and important Michael’s voice was.
The “Something in the Water” singer went on to explain the heavy influence Michael had on her early music days. “I never told him (mainly because I thought I’d freak him out,” she said. “But #georgemichael has always been such an influence on me…. His songs and his voice helped to teach me how to sing. I will forever regret not letting him know.”
I never told him (mainly because I thought I'd freak him out) but #georgemichael has always been such an influence on me. As a child, his was the first voice I could pick out of the sea of voices I heard on the radio. Before I knew anything about him, I knew his voice. As an adult, I cried when I saw him in concert. His songs and his voice helped to teach me how to sing. I will forever regret not letting him know…Thank you, George, for giving the world your gifts…may you rest in peace.
Michael died peacefully from heart failure inside his home on Christmas Day. He was 53 years old.
The impact of Michael’s death was felt throughout the music industry. Artists from pop to country shared their condolences over the weekend for the award-winning artist.
Underwood has expressed her love for Michael’s music in the past, singing “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” as part of “Carpool Karaoke” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. George Michael was also the first-ever celebrity guest to be featured on an early episode of the series.