SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Melanie Jayne Chisholm (born 12 January 1974) was 1/5 of the girl group Spice Girls. nicknamed Sporty Spice due to her sporty appearance. She was born in Merseyside later moving to Chesire at a young age. Following school, she studied for a diploma course in dance, singing, drama, and musical theatre at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts in Southeast London.
Together with the other Spice Girls, Melanie responded to an advertisement in The Stage to form a girl band. In 1995 they signed a deal with Virgin. Their debut album, Spice was a huge worldwide commercial success, peaking at number one in more than 17 countries across the world and was certified multi platinum in 27 countries. The album centered on the idea of Girl Power and was compared to Beatlemania in the 60’s. In total the album sold over 30 million copies worldwide and became the biggest-selling album in music history by a girl group and one of the most successful albums of all time.
Following the success of their 2nd album the group also starred in their own film, Spiceworld, The Movie which grossed $100 million at the box office worldwide.
Following the departure of Geri Haliwell ( Ginger Spice) from the group in May 1998 they continued to perform as a quartet, but in Nov 1998 Melanie released a duet with Bryan Adams called When You’re Gone which was certified platinum in the UK.
This sparked Mel to go off and make a solo album. Her debut album, Northern Star was released on 18 October 1999, peaked at number four and sold 4 million copies worldwide. Since releasing her 1st solo album in 1999, Mel has gone on to release 5 more albums as well as being part of the Spice Girls reunion in 2007, with her seventh album about to be released next month. Melanie C has sold more than 12 million records worldwide as a solo artist.
Her second album Reason was released in March 2003, which is where I come in. For the album and single covers Melanie and her record label commissioned my mate Sean Ellis as the official photographer. Sean, as some of you may have seen on my blog recently has now made the switch from fashion photographer to film director, writing and directing the WWII film Anthropoid that is currently on cinema release worldwide starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan.
A behind the scenes video was made of the shoot and here it is below. The images throughout this post are from the shoot and used as promotion for the album and single releases.
Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this little video gem I’ve found on Youtube…. and also mine and Sean’s long haired moment…hahaha
CREDITS: MELANIE C ALBUM COVER FOR REASON ALBUM & SINLGES 2003
PHOTOGRAPHER: Sean Ellis
TALENT: Melanie C
STYLIST: Neil Stuart
M-UP: Lisa Butler
Below is the video for Melanie’s new single Anymore that’s out now