Melanie Brown was born on May 29, 1975 in Harehills, Leeds, England. She’s also appeared in theater productions and feature films, and hosted the Australian variant of The X Factor. In 2013, she started appearing as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
Melanie Janine Brown, also called “Mel B” and “Scary Spice,” was born on May 29, 1975, in Harehills, Leeds, England. She was raised by her English mother, Andrea, and her Nevisian dad, Martin, in Burley, Leeds. After studying performing arts at Intake High School in Leeds, Brown went on to be a songwriter, dancer, performer and writer.
Brown began her music career after responding to an ad in The Stage magazine for an all-female pop act and record deal. She sang “Greatest Love of All” at her audition and was selected, as well as Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm, to be a member of the Spice Girls. The group signed with Virgin Records in September 1995, and released their debut single, “Wannabe,” in 1996, which reach No. 1 in more than 30 states, and instituted them as a world-wide phenomenon. The tune became the largest-selling single by an all-female group. In November 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut album, Spice in Europe, that was extremely successful.
After drifting apart in the late ’90s to pursue other endeavors, the Spice Girls reunited for a number of concerts in 2007 and 2008. In June 2012, the group reunited again, this time to declare the introduction of a brand new musical about the rise and fall of the Spice Girls. Viva Forever!, named following the group’s 1998 No. 1 single, is slated to open in London by the end of 2012.
Following the Spice Girls broke up in 1998, Brown pursued a solo career. Hot, her debut solo album, was launched in 2000, and produced three Top 5 singles. Her second record, L.A. State of Mind, was released in 2005, and contained the single “Today.” The record was considered a flop.
In 2002, Brown starred about the BBC3 sitcom Burn It, as well as in 2003, she made her theater debut with The Vagina Monologues in London. She subsequently went on to star as Mimi in the Broadway musical Rent.
The novel reached No. 7 on publication sales graphs. She also started a signature fashion line, Catty Courture, and was contracted to function as the face of Ultimo Panties in the UK. Also, Brown signed a record deal with EMI Music in the year 2012.
The custody battle was highly publicized, and though Brown won, she paid an alimony resolution of almost $2 million to her ex husband, Jimmy Gulzar.
In October 2006, media outlets started reporting that Brown was having a baby with American actor Eddie Murphy. Brown gave birth to daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown on April 3, 2007, and that June, Eddie Murphy was affirmed as the dad through paternity tests.
In 2007, Brown started dating pal and film producer Stephen Belafonte. The couple married that year, as well as on September 1, 2011, Brown gave birth to their own daughter, Madison Brown Belafonte.