A hugely accomplished artist in her own right, Melanie began her career in 1996 as one fifth of the iconic Spice Girls. Phenomenally triumphant across the world, they remain one of the most commercially successful acts in recent history. Winners of 4 Brit Awards amongst countless other prestigious accolades, they dominated the latter part of the 1990's with 9 UK Number 1 singles (including 3 Christmas Number 1's), 2 Number 1 albums and LP sales of 35 million within their first 2 years. By 2000, that figure rose to 53 million and preceded Melanie's burgeoning solo career.
July 1996: The Spice Girls release “Wannabe” which quickly conquers the world and goes to number one in over 30 countries.
November 1996: Spice, the girls' debut album, was released and ended up selling over 23 million copies.
February 1997: After their iconic performance of Who Do You Think Are? at the Brit Awards, the girls also win awards for Best Video for Say You’ll Be There and Best Single for Wannabe.
November 1997: Spiceworld, the second album by the Spice Girls, was released and sells over 20 million copies.
February 1998: The 102-date Spiceworld tour kicks off at The Point in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
March 2000: The Spice Girls receive a Lifetime Achievement award at the Brits.
October 2000: Holler/Let Love Lead The Way becomes the Girls' ninth Number 1 and their third album “Forever” enters the charts at Number 2.
Whilst on tour with the Spice Girls in America in the summer of 1998, Melanie bumped into singer songwriter Bryan Adams. No one realised at that moment this coincidental meeting would not only turn into a friendship between the two stars, but also a Top 3 hit single. After the massive success of When You're Gone, Melanie's first ever debut solo album, Northern Star followed in 1999 and peaked at Number 4. The first two singles off the album, Goin' Down and Northern Star, both reached number 4 in the UK singles chart, but it was the third single Never Be The Same Again, featuring TLC's Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, that became Melanie's first UK solo Number 1. The single quickly became a hit around Europe, selling in total over 1.5 million copies.
The fourth single to be released from Northern Star was a dance remix of I Turn To You by Grammy-winner Hex Hector, which not only reached the Number 1 spot in the UK and many other European countries but also topped the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart. Due to the large success of the singles the album was soon certified triple platinum in the UK, Gold in Australia, platinum in Europe and sold 3 million copies worldwide.
November 1998: When You're Gone is released and stays in the UK top 10 for nine weeks.
November 1999: Melanie releases her debut album Northern Star.
March 2000: Melanie and Left-Eye top the UK Charts with the single Never Be The Same Again
August 2000: Summer anthem I Turn To You tops the UK and various European charts.
August 2001: Northern Star promotion comes to an end, resulting in Melanie having played over 100 shows over the world to promote the album.
Melanie's second solo album, the Top 5 hit Reason, followed in March 2003. Containing tracks produced by former New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander and Marius De Vries (Madonna, Rufus Wainwright), it boasted a vibrant, cohesive sound of increasing musical maturity and rapidly went Gold after the lead Top Ten single Here It Comes Again.
February 2003: Comeback single Here It Comes Again is released and reaches number 7 in the UK Charts.
March 2003: Melanie's second album Reason is released in the UK and Europe.
April 2003: Melanie returns to the stage with a full live tour in the UK, followed by many performances throughout Europe.
June 2003: The second single On The Horizon is released in the UK and Europe.
November 2003: Melanie releases the double A-side single Melt / Yeh Yeh Yeh.
December 2003: Christmas concerts in London and Liverpool mark not only the end of the year, but are also the final concerts Melanie performs as part of the Reason album.
A year after Reason's release, Melanie founded her own independent label Red Girl Records. So-called after her beloved Liverpool Football Club and propensity to blush easily, it provided undiluted artistic freedom and saw the release of Melanie's third solo LP Beautiful Intentions. Prior to its release, Melanie performed a set of intimate concerts throughout the UK to showcase her new material.
Featuring the Top Ten single Next Best Superstar, Beautiful Intentions also boasted the smash hit track First Day Of My Life. Written by Guy Chambers and Enrique Iglesias, it reached Number 1 in Spain, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal with combined sales of over 500,000 copies, making it one of the best-selling European singles of 2005. Beautiful Intentions was certified gold in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and platinum in Portugal, where it spent nine weeks at number one.
June 2004: Melanie showcases her new material during 5 intimate concerts in the UK.
April 2005: Release of first single Next Best Superstar and album Beautiful Intentions on Melanie’s own label Red Girl Records.
April 2005: Melanie kicks of her new European tour in Liverpool.
September 2005: First Day Of My Life is released in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
December 2005: Following the success of First Day Of My Life Melanie performs a 10 date tour in Germany.
March 2006: Melanie heads over to Portugal to promote the album and single which results in the album being Number 1 for nine consecutive weeks.
August 2006: Melanie’s first ever live DVD is recorded before an intimate audience at London's The Bridge.
October 2006: Live Hits is released throughout Europe.
Melanie kicked off 2007 with the challenge of 2 new singles prior to the release of her fourth album This Time. In Europe, the lead single was The Moment You Believe - a beautiful love song written with long-time collaborator Peter Vettese. In the UK the single was a stellar reinvigoration of the 1982 hit I Want Candy which was taken from the British film of the same name.
The videos for both singles were directed by Tim Royes and have attracted considerable attention. The Moment You Believe was filmed in one continuous shot, while I Want Candy sees Melanie dancing for the first time since The Spice Girls. As a result, it was the Number 1 viewed video on YouTube the day it was added, gaining over 200,000 views.
Melanie continued to release two more singles from her fourth album: Carolyna and the title track This Time. However, due to the Spice Girls reunion tour Melanie had to put her solo career on hold temporarily.
March 2007: Uk release of I Want Candy, European release of The Moment You Believe which quickly reaches the top spot of the Spanish charts.
April 2007: Release of Melanie's fourth solo album This Time.
June 2007: The Spice Girls announce their comeback.
After many weeks of rumours, Melanie and the other Spice Girls finally announced their long awaited reunion at the end of June 2007. Soon millions of fans from all over the world signed up for tickets online and the first UK date at the O2 Arena sold out in a staggering 38 seconds. Tour schedules were quickly amended and the girls ended up playing a total of 17 concerts at the O2 Arena in London and another 30 in the United States, Canada and Europe.
47 concerts in less than three months just weren’t enough for Melanie though. Wanting to give her overseas fans the chance to see her as a solo artist live, Melanie performs her first show in America in six years during the tour's first two-day break at The Mint in Los Angeles.
Besides touring the world, the Spice Girls also released a comeback single called Headlines (the 2007 Children in Need Charity single) and a Greatest Hits album which was soon declared platinum in Australia and the UK, and gold in the United States and Canada.
June 2007: The Spice Girls announce their comeback
November 2007: Headlines and the Greatest Hits album are released.
December 2007: The reunion tour kicks off and a few days later Melanie performs a solo show in Los Angeles.
January 2008: The girls play a total of 17 concerts at the O2 Arena and take the tour back to the US.
February 2008: Before the reunion comes to an end in Spice-city Toronto, Melanie manages to squeeze in another solo show in New York.
Once the Spice Girls tour comes to an end Melanie points her attention at Canada. The album This Time and single Carolyna are released and Melanie heads over to Canada to display her talents during a nine date tour throughout the country. A string of festival appearances in Europe follow during the summer before Melanie announces she is expecting her first baby!
But being pregnant didn't seem to stop Melanie. A special acoustic concert in Manchester was announced as part of Hard Rock Cafe's Pinktober campaign. Already five months pregnant, the mum-to-be performed a selection of her greatest hits along with some personal favourites during a 75 minute set in front of fans from all over the world.
It was this combination of fans and charity that led to the release of Melanie C live at The Hard Rock Cafe DVD. Armed with just three camcorders and a network of talented volunteer fans they created an impressive DVD that was released the next year.
April 2008: Carolyna and This Time are released in Canada.
May 2008: Melanie kicks off her 9-date Canadian tour in Montreal.
July 2008: Understand is released as a second single in Canada.
October 2008: Melanie performs a special acoustic set at a sold out Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester.
June 2009: The Live at the Hard Rock Cafe DVD is released in aid of the Caron Keating Foundation.
As Melanie was contemplating her return to writing and recording new songs for her fifth solo album after having her first baby girl in February 2009, the opportunity to audition for 'Blood Brothers' presented itself. The show has always been a favourite of Melanie’s so the offer of the part of Mrs Johnstone was a challenge that she was delighted to accept. On October 26th 2009 Melanie made her West End debut and kicked off her 6 month run as Mrs Johnstone in the Phoenix theatre. Her theatrical debut was phenomenally well received by audiences and critics; earning 5 star reviews from all the major newspapers, her performance was described as ‘absolutely sensational’ and the plaudits didn’t stop there. Melanie went on to gain a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical at the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards, and also made the Evening Standard Theatre Awards short-list for the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer.
October 2009 - April 2010: Melanie performs over 200 times in 'Blood Brothers'.
November 2010: After 6 months in the West End, Melanie returns to play Mrs Johnstone in 'Blood Brothers' in a Liverpool homecoming.
Following Melanie's hugely successful run in the theatre with 'Blood Brothers' she returned to the studio to start on album 5. The confidence and strength gained from singing regularly over 6 months with the high demands of the West End profited Melanie both vocally and as a songwriter.
Writing and recording in London, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Hamburg, she worked alongside collaborators from previous albums – Richard 'Biff' Stannard, Adam Argyle and Peter Vettese, whilst also introducing, amongst others, Cutfather, Ina Wroldsen and Dee Adam to the project.
A track from these sessions, 'Rock Me', was used as part of German TV channel ZDF's coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup. The energetic and vibrant track was perfectly suited for the sporting event and was released as the tournament took place in the country throughout June and July.
The debut single from 'The Sea' was announced as 'Think About It' – to be released at the end of August, beginning of September 2011. An uplifting summer track sees Melanie return with a refreshing new sound, incorporating a more electronic and layered production style while maintaining her ability to write and perform an infectious melody.
June 2011: 'Rock Me' is released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to coincide with its use on ZDF's TV coverage of the Women's World Cup held in Germany.
August/September 2011: UK and European release of 'Think About It', Melanie's first single in 4 years.
September 2011: Release of Melanie's fifth solo studio album, 'The Sea'.