He’s the cat who anchored “Faith,” “I Want Your Sex,” “Wake Me Up,” “Careless Whisper”…
A writer, singer, producer, and solo recording artist, Detroit born bassist Deon Estus studied with James Jamerson, and went on to become an in-demand session / sideman for Sir Elton, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Harvey Mason, and Aaron Neville, among others.
Deon’s highest profile gig was with Wham! and George Michael (who produced tracks on Estus’ fine 1989 solo slab Spell) wherein he applied the lessons learned from the Motown master, affecting a decidedly soulful, rhythm & blues disposition to the late British pop superstar’s canon.
Deon Estus Sound & Vision
Solo Deon: “Heaven Help Me” https://youtu.be/5LYh9XONmHE
With George Michael
“Freedom 90” https://youtu.be/FaEjDk3lgcI
“I Want Your Sex” https://youtu.be/vldh7oQD-a4
“Wake Me Up” https://youtu.be/pIgZ7gMze7A
“Careless Whisper” https://youtu.be/izGwDsrQ1eQ