30 December 2012
What a year it has been for Melanie - A Spice Girl reunion at the Olympics as well as the launch of 'Viva Forever!' the musical, a new live DVD, tour, album and dance EP, playing Mary in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and of course that very special Christmas number 1. If you missed anything or simply want to look back at Melanie's highlights of 2012 here's an overview of what happened and the best videos of the year:
At the beginning of the year we announced the release of the DVD 'The Sea Live'. The release featured 17 fantastic live tracks, filmed during Melanie's 2011 tour, as well as a brand new, previously unheard studio track called 'Too Soon'. Despite the DVD now being sold out, you can still watch the full show on YouTube and listen to 'Too Soon'. After a successful live tour in the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland in December 2011, Melanie went back on the road in February and performed nine shows in the UK and Ireland. Melanie and the band treated the audiences to a fantastic show including live renditions of fan favourites 'Burn', 'Fragile' and 'Too Soon'. Later in the year Melanie also performed at several German festivals, the Isle of Wight Festival, in Abu Dhabi and at London's Shepherds Bush Empire.
In March, Melanie joined Andrew Lloyd Webber in a search to find the new 'Jesus Christ Superstar' as part of the ITV1 show 'Superstar'. ITV's search to find the new male lead of the musical also resulted in finding someone very special to play Jesus' female counterpart Mary Magdalene... Melanie joined the cast of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' to play the role of Mary during its UK and Ireland tour and wowed audiences with her heartfelt performance of 'I Don't Know How To Love Him' during the 'Superstar' finale. Following the 2012 UK & Ireland arena tour which was seen by over 150,000 people, 'Jesus Christ Superstar' is now nominated for five WhatsOnStage.com Awards, including 'Best Supporting Actress in a Musical' for Melanie's portrayal of Mary. To vote for 'Jesus Christ Superstar' click here.
When Melanie and DJ Jodie Harsh met at a children's birthday party a few years ago no-one would've thought the two would be recording a selection of dance tracks together. 'The Night', a three track dance EP featuring 'Set You Free', 'Sunrise' and 'Walk Away' was released on iTunes in May.
September saw the release of Melanie's sixth album 'Stages'. The record, produced by long time collaborator Peter-John Vettese, features a collection of songs from the theatre that have been important to Melanie at various stages of her life such as 'Another Hundred People', 'I Don't Know How To Love Him' and 'Tell Me It's Not True' from 'Blood Brothers'. If you haven't done so yet, you can listen to the twelve tracks here and watch the 16-minute long Electronic Press Kit of the album on YouTube.
A very special track on the album is Melanie's version of the 'Chess' classic 'I Know Him So Well', which Melanie recorded together with fellow Spice Girl Emma Bunton. Sporty and Baby released the song as a single in November and performed the track on various TV shows as well as at Melanie's show at London's Shepherds Bush Empire.
But 'I Know Him So Well' wasn't the only Spice-related reunion of 2012. We can all vividly remember when those 5 black, yet colourful, cabs drove into the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics back in August. It was the performance that people from all over the world talked about the next day and the girls reminded everyone once again what girl power stands for. Earlier this month the girls reunited once again to launch the new Spice Girls musical 'Viva Forever!' at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. But that wasn't all, Spice Girls fans could also enjoy a special documentary on the girls and the musical on ITV1 on Christmas eve. To watch 'The Spice Girls Story: Viva Forever!' on YouTube click here.
December also saw the release of 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', the Hillsborough tribute single by The Justice Collective, which featured a stellar line-up of artists including Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Melanie. The track sold 270,000 copies in its first week and achieved the coveted Christmas Number One in the charts, which means Melanie is now part of 12 UK Number One singles and 4 UK Christmas Number One singles.
After a tremendous 2012 it'll be interesting to see what 2013 will bring. One thing is for sure, a lot of people will have the chance to see Melanie in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' as the rock musical will be hitting the road again from March onwards - see www.jesuschristsuperstar.com for more info! Whatever else 2013 will bring we hope it'll be a great year for everyone and we would like to wish you all a happy new year and thank you for your continued support!