Melanie Chisholm was born on January 12, 1974 in Whiston, Merseyside, England. In 1999, Chisholm released her first single, “When You Are Gone,” which reached number three on the U.K. graphs. Chisholm was nominated for a “Best Actress” Laurence Olivier Award for her part in Blood Brothers.
Her mom, Joan, was a vocalist in a rock band, and her dad, Alan, organized journey for the Liverpool Football Club. They divorced when Chisholm was three.
In 1994, Chisholm answered an advertisement in The Stage magazine looking for members for a brand new girl band. After nearly missing her audition as a result of tonsillitis, Chisholm was selected, along with Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell, to be a person in the British all-girl pop group the Spice Girls. The girls 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 happening. The tune became the largest-selling single by an all-female group ever. In November 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut album, Spice, in Europe, also it was extremely successful. Chisholm, or “Sporty Spice,” was known for performing back flips over the stage, and was also considered the top vocalist of the five.
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.