Faith is the debut solo album by the British singer - songwriter George Michael , released in October 1987 by Columbia Records and Epic Records . The album has won several awards including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989. To date, the album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, and received diamond certification from the RIAA.
Faith spawned six top five singles that substantially helped it dominate the chart of 1988. In 2003, the album was ranked number 480 on the Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time . .