Melanie Chisholm

In 1994, Graduate Melanie joined the Spice Girls and soon after the group released their debut album, Spice and second album, Spiceworld. Each sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Melanie usually wore a tracksuit with her hair in a ponytail and sporting the attitude of a tomboy and so became known as Sporty Spice. As a solo artist, Melanie has sold more than 12 million records. She released her debut solo studio album, Northern Star in 1999, which sold four million copies. Her second album Reason was released in 2003, her third album Beautiful Intentions in 2005, her fourth album This Time in 2007, her fifth album The Sea in 2011 and her sixth album Stages in 2012. Melanie has been nominated for BRIT and ECHO awards. She currently holds the third position for most United Kingdom number-ones by a female artist. She is also the only female to reach the UK number one spot as part of a quartet, a quintet, a duo and solo. In 2012, Chisholm earned her 12th UK number 1 as part of The Justice Collective with the Christmas number 1 single “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”. Melanie has more recently received critical acclaim for her starring roles in the West End production of Blood Brothers and the UK arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, for which she won the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Award ‘What’s On Stage’ 2013.