“One More Try” is a song written and recorded by the British singer George Michael for his debut solo studio album, “Faith” (1987). The single was released on 11 April 1988 as the album’s fourth single with “Look at Your Hands” on the B-side. The song hit number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot&Hip-Hop Songs chart in the United States. The song was a significant success: it was the third consecutive number one single from the “Faith” album. “One More Try” topped the singles charts also in Canada and Ireland. In the UK, it peaked at number 8.
The video was filmed at The Carrington Hotel in New South Wales, Australia by English film director, producer and actor, Tony Scott (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Last Boy Scout…)
Lyrically, “One More Try” explores themes of love, vulnerability, and the complexities of relationships. The song reflects the inner struggle of someone who has been hurt in love but is willing to give it another chance, despite their fears and reservations. It touches upon the universal longing for love and the desire to find emotional fulfillment. The track’s production and George Michael’s soulful performance received critical acclaim. His rich and emotive vocals, combined with the song’s introspective lyrics, resonated with audiences and helped establish him as a formidable solo artist.
“One More Try” became one of George Michael’s signature songs and remains one of his most beloved and successful tracks. It won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, in 1989 and has been covered by various artists over the years.
George Michael’s contribution to the music industry extends beyond “One More Try.” He achieved great success both as a member of the duo Wham! and as a solo artist. His discography includes numerous hit songs such as “Careless Whisper,” “Freedom! ’90,” “Father Figure,” and “Faith.” George Michael’s unique voice, songwriting talent, and influential contributions to pop music have solidified his legacy as one of the most iconic artists of his generation.
In 1999, American trio Divine recorded “One More Try” as their second single off their debut album, “Fairy Tales”. In 2011. British singer Beverley Knight covered the song and released it as the third single release from her seventh studio album, “Soul UK”