Melanie Jayne Chisholm (born 12 January 1974), better known as Melanie C or Mel C, is an English singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, actress and television personality. She is one of the five members of the Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed Sporty Spice and with whom she sold over 85 million records worldwide. Melanie C began her solo career in late 1998 by singing with Canadian rock singer Bryan Adams on the song "When You’re Gone". Her solo debut album Northern Star was released in 1999 and reached number four on the UK Albums Chart and was certified triple Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). It produced four top fives and a top twenty single, two of which reached the number-one spot in the UK. Chisholm’s second album, Reason, was released in March 2003 and sold more than 500,000 copies. The album reached number five in the UK and produced one top ten, one top twenty and a double A sided top thirty single.
In 2004, Chisholm parted ways with Virgin and founded her own record company, Red Girl Records. Beautiful Intentions, her third album, was released in April 2005. It reached number twenty-four in the UK and number fifteen in Germany. The album produced three singles, one of which charted at number ten in the UK, and one peak at number one in different European charts. Her fourth studio album, This Time, was released in April 2007 and charted at fifty-seven on the UK Albums Chart. Of the five singles released from the album, one charted at number-one in some parts of Europe, and one become a top-thirty in the UK and a top ten in some European charts. In December, Melanie C reunited with the Spice Girls for a world tour and to release a greatest hits album. She released her fifth solo album, The Sea, on 2 September 2011, and her first EP The Night on 13 May 2012. Her sixth studio album Stages was released on 10 September 2012. Her seventh album, Version of Me, was released on 21 October 2016.
Since 1996, Chisholm has sold more than 105 million records—20 million as a solo artist and a further 85 million with the Spice Girls.