Biography of Melanie Brown and Music Career

Published At: 18 January 2021 , 01:08 PM

Biography of Melanie Brown

Melanie Brown, known by her stage name Scary Spice, Melanie or Mel B, is a British singer, presenter, and actress. As a member of the Spice Girls, the girl who dedicated her life to music rose to fame in the 1990s, then began recording solo albums, acting on television and in films.

Childhood and youth

Melanie Janine Brown was born in May 1975, her biography began in West Yorkshire, more precisely in the city of Leeds. The future singer spent her childhood in the Kirkstall area, where there were conditions for immersion in the world of entertainment and arts.

Father Martin Brown was a native of the Caribbean state of Saint Kitts and Nevis, and his mother Andrea Dixon was British. The daughter inherited the features of representatives of African nationalities and inhabitants of a European country.

At the age of 10, the Englishwoman mastered percussion and began to visit local centers and studios with a specialized bias. In her early teens, Mel Brown studied performing arts at Intake High School in Leeds. In high school, she took up choreography to work in nightclubs. The first performances were seen by residents of the city of Blackpool.

After receiving a diploma of secondary education, the girl wanted to get into the ranks of celebrities. Along with hundreds of singers and dancers, she responded to an ad in Stage and attended an audition for Danceworks Studios, which was planning to create a female vocal ensemble.

Melanie's talent was appreciated, and she got a chance to go on stage. Bandmates Touch, later renamed the Spice Girls, were Victoria Adams-Beckham, Emma Bunton, Jeri Halliwell, and Melanie Chisholm (Melanie C).


At first, the work of the performers was rather mediocre. Simon Fuller of Virgin Records changed things. The debut single Wannabe, illustrated with a video clip, brought the artist's popularity, and the album Spice in 1995 entered the ratings of the best projects of all time.

In the late 1990s, Melanie began her solo career. The first composition I Want You Back was the fruit of a collaboration with singer Missy Elliot. In parallel, the native of Leeds continued to work in a team, she went with the Spice Girls on tour in different countries and cities.

Due to the busy schedule, the time to record the second independent single Word Up, which was a cover of the Cameo song, appeared only in 1999. The American rapper Timbaland took part in the work. The track used in the feature film "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" entered the top twenty in the UK charts. After that, the girl decided that it was time to release the album.

Hot's release was preceded by the premiere of a song called Tell Me, which climbed high on the national music charts. This circumstance helped Mel B survive the collapse of the Spice Girls. Other material from the solo album Feels So Good and Lullaby has been received differently by critics and fans. Due to low sales, Virgin Records canceled the contract with the singer.

In the early 2000s, the British woman decided to master a new audience. After publishing her autobiographical book Catch a fire, she immigrated to the United States of America and settled in Los Angeles. Having adjusted her life, the singer continued to record tracks and perform.

After the release of several individual singles, work began on replenishing the discography. Unfortunately, LA State Of Mind received an unflattering welcome. The Spice Girls decided to reunite. A series of successful international concerts provided a burst of creativity.

Melanie, like actress Heidi Klum, became a TV presenter and participant in various popular projects. She appeared as a judge on the X-Factor program and as a contestant on the Dancing with the Stars show. It was rumored that the singer intended to start recording a third solo album, but then journalists learned that EMI Music Australia had canceled the contract.

In the 2010s, Skary Spice starred in the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl and the movie Twelve Christmas Trees. She also starred in the Broadway musical "Chicago" with a character named Roxy Hart.

In the fall of 2018, an announcement about the Spice Girls world tour appeared on Mel B's Instagram profile. After performing in Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland, the performer gave her voice to the Giraffe from the cartoon "The Shining Samurai". The rest of the characters are voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks, and Michael Cera.