Biography of Jeri Halliwell and Music Career

Published At: 18 January 2021 , 01:31 PM

Biography of Jeri Halliwell

British singer Jeri Halliwell rose to fame in the 90s for her participation in the female music group Spice Girls. Having recorded 3 megapopular albums and starring in a dozen video clips, the performer left her colleagues and took up a solo career, which successfully started in the early 2000s. The hit titled "It's Raining Men" became the singer's high point and secured her 4 Brit Awards nominations in 2000 and 2002.

Childhood and youth

Jeri Halliwell, whose full name sounds like Geraldine Estelle, was born on August 6, 1972, in the English city of Watford, which belongs to the southeastern county of Hertfordshire.

Becoming the result of a mixture of British, Swedish, and Spanish blood, the future singer amazed those around her with her talent, beauty, and energy from childhood. True, the upbringing in the women's boarding schools Watford Grammar School at home and the Camden School in the capital somewhat tempered the ardor of the young beauty and made her reasonable and ambitious.

These qualities helped Jeri build a career that began with dancing in a Mallorca nightclub and hosting the Turkish version of the TV game show Let's Make a Deal.

Another occupation of the future singer in her youth was shooting as a model for glamorous magazines. She has appeared in swimsuits and revealing outfits in popular British publications, and once on the 3rd page of the Sun tabloid newspaper, a frankly erotic photo of a topless girl was printed.


Halliwell's musical career began in 1994, when she, along with 400 other women, responded to an audition in Stage magazine. Showcasing everything she can do, Jeri joined the Spice Girls with Melanie Brown (Mel B), Victoria Adams (Beckham), Melanie Chisholm, and Emma Bunton.

At first, the girls felt insecure due to the lack of a contract with any music studio, but after visits to numerous labels, they managed to negotiate with producer Simon Fuller, and then with the management of Virgin Records.

In 1995-1996, Halliwell and her friends worked on the group's debut album and released singles. The first success was the song "Wannabe", which hit 37th place in the charts and was shown on the air of the music channel Box. At the same time, the journalists gave each member of the collective a nickname following the image, and Jeri for red hair and revealing costumes began to be called Ginger Spice or Sexy Spice.

Spice Girls - Wannabe

At the height of the popularity of the group, which released the multi-platinum albums "Spice" and "Spiceworld", Halliwell unexpectedly announced her departure. The reasons were depression and creative disagreements with friends. In the end, the situation was resolved peacefully, and the four of the Spice Girls continued their tour of North America.

Jerry's solo discography began in 1999 with "Schizophonic", which reached # 4 on the UK charts. Subsequent singles "Look at Me", "Mi Chico Latino", "Lift Me Up" and "Bag It Up" also reached high positions and provided the album with a circulation exceeding 600 thousand copies. In 2000, the singer was nominated for the BRIT Awards, and the disc won audiences in the United States of America and received a gold certificate from the RIAA.

Hollywell's next album, "Scream If You Want Go Faster", became famous thanks to a cover version of 1983's "It's Raining Men", first performed by the American duo Weather Girls. The song appeared in director Sharon Maguire's romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Diary and was also featured in the video game DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix.