Melanie is a much-admired celebrity who has had a varied and influential career. She is a R&B and pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress, author, television presenter and model. She rose to fame when she became a member of British girl group, the Spice Girls, which she was famously known as “Scary Spice” in the group.
After seeing an advertisement for an audition in a newspaper, Melanie Brown started her music career in a band known as Touch. The group left the original management team and eventually teamed up with music manager Simon Fuller. In this pairing, she and the other girls became known as the Spice Girls.
The Spice Girls signed to Virgin Records and released their debut single, “Wannabe”, which hit number-one in more than 30 countries and helped establish the group as a “global phenomenon”. Followed by their debut album, Spice, which sold more than 28 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by a female group in music history.
Mel B began her solo career when she released “I Want You Back” with Missy Elliott. The single charted at number-one on the UK Singles Chart, followed by the release of debut album, Hot—the album also saw release of top ten singles “Tell Me” and “Feel So Good”.
In 2011, Brown returned to the spotlight and joined the judging panel of the Australian version of The X Factor, for its third series which began airing in September 2011 on the Seven Network. Brown had previously served as a celebrity mentor on its second season during week 8 back in 2010.
From 2000, Brown concentrated on a variety of non-singing projects. She hosted a number of TV shows such as This Is My Moment (a talent show) for ITV1 and shot a documentary called Voodoo Princess for Channel 4. She took part in smaller projects as a presenter such as Top of the Pops, Party in the park for the Prince’s Trust and The All Star Animal Awards.
She has appeared as herself in an advert for the Yorkshire tourist board in a series which included contributions from other Yorkshire-born celebrities, and in the film Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde.
In 2002, Brown released her autobiography, Catch A Fire, which reached No. 7 in the official books chart, and saw her touring the UK to promote it with a run of book signings.
Brown is also known for supporting Girl Power and their global grosses estimated at $500–800 million between 1996 and 1998.