Geri Halliwell returns to music with George Michael tribute (Listen)

It's been 12 years since we've heard the vibrant vocals of Geri Halliwell, but she's finally found the song, and the courage, for her comeback. The former Spice Girls superstar just released her new single "Angel in Chains," a song she wrote about a sorely missed friend, the late George Michael. Produced by Michael's longtime collaborator Chris Porter, the song is a deeply personal achievement for Halliwell as a friend, songwriter and professional. 

"The last 12 years I've been writing and writing and writing," Haliwell told ITV's Lorraine. "I think I was quite scared, if I'm really honest. I thought, 'Well, I'm not the hot pants girl.' That was an era. And 'How am I going to come back?'...I kept on writing these songs, and I used to play them to George, and he'd say, 'Leave a bit of time. You can have an evolution." After Michael passed in December 2016, she found catharsis in creativity: "I didn't know what to do with all my feelings....And so, I just wrote a song."

The gorgeous result, "Angel in Chains," is Halliwell's official comeback single. Hear the whole story up top. All of the track's profits will be donated to Childline, one of Michael's favorite charities.