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Geri Halliwell’s first global release in 12 years has arrived.

Now that Ginger Spice has publicly apologized for leaving the Spice Girls nearly two decades ago, we can continue to celebrate her career as a solo singer… beginning with her new single, “Angels in Chains,” an homage to the late George Michael.

“When I first heard the sad news of his passing, I was nine-months pregnant with my son Monty and I was full of emotions,” Horner said in a release. She described the song as a “heartfelt ballad… coloured with lyrical references” to some of Michael’s most iconic songs. “I didn’t know quite what to do with my feelings so I put it in a song, which became ‘Angels in Chains.’ I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work on this record with Chris Porter and the same team George had hand picked for his own projects. I am first and foremost a George Michael fan, so to be in the same studio with these amazingly gifted artists who have put their stamp of so many of my favourite records was a real privilege for me.”

She added that the track has a “beautiful, healing message” to anyone who has lost a loved one. “In the process I found how healing making this record had been not only for me but also for everyone involved,” she says. “This is our way of saying goodbye to our friend and music idol, and I hope George’s fans enjoy this as much as we have making it.”

Per Billboard, profits from its sale will go to Michael’s charity of choice, Child Line.

There’s now a black and white video for the track. It features clips of Michael spliced between Halliwell singing the song in-studio. Watch below:

Hope you just caught me on @itvlorraine with @danwootton announcing my brand new single, Angels In Chains. Out next Friday (23rd June)!

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