Melanie’s first solo venture was featuring on the hit single ‘When You’re Gone’ with Bryan Adams. Incredibly successful across Europe, it entered the UK charts at Number 3 and gave Melanie aspirations for more solo projects.
As a solo artist, Melanie has released seven solo albums - Northern Star (1999) and Reason (2003) were released on Virgin Records and after setting up her own label, Red Girl Records, in 2004, she released Beautiful Intentions (2005), This Time (2007), The Sea (2011), Stages (2012) and Version Of Me (2017) as an independent. She has achieved over 3 million album sales, two Number 1 singles and six top 10 singles.
Melanie’s solo success however reached far beyond home shores. In 2005 a track entitled First Day Of My Life was to become one of her biggest hits to date, selling over 400,000 copies in Germany alone. It also went on to chart at Number 1 in Spain, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal where it helped to propel the album Beautiful Intentions to double platinum status and kept it at Number 1 for 9 weeks.
In June 2007 it was announced to the world that the Spice Girls were reuniting. Any initial reluctance to take part in ‘The Return of the Spice Girls tour’ soon diminished by spending time with four friends she had so many life-changing and memorable experiences with. Melanie relished the opportunity to perform in some of the biggest venues in the world, such as the O2 Arena in London and New York’s Madison Square Garden. She left audiences impressed by her energy, presence and live vocals.
The Self-styled workaholic - Melanie was critically acclaimed and had starring roles in two musicals - Blood Brothers (2009) and Jesus Christ Superstar (2012), to which she also was a mentor and judge for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV series Superstar.
Melanie reunited with the Spice Girls again in the summer of 2012 for the self-confessed highlight of their career as a group – performing at the Olympic Closing Ceremony in London. Seen as one of their most anticipated appearances and in front of a global TV audience, the world could never look at black cabs in the same way again!
2013/14 saw Melanie become a special guest for 2 full tours with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, where she started initial writing sessions for ‘Version Of Me’, which was to become her 7th solo album and was released in October 2016.
In April 2017, with her brand-new band in tow, Melanie took Version of Me on the road, touring the UK/Ireland. The tour continued in Europe, with Melanie and the band playing to crowds in cities throughout Germany, Denmark and Switzerland.
I would certainly say Pub in the Park is up there with one of best things I have ever done, the atmosphere and buzz over those 3 days was just electric and I felt so lucky to be a part of it all. All in all, we served around 4000 dishes over the 3 days, the most popular being the Mackerel Taco which sold out on each session, I couldn’t have asked for a better crowd though as they were all willing to try the other dishes we had to offer. One of my favourite moments had to be that I got to celebrate my birthday which was on the Sunday In such an incredible way, meeting a huge amount of kind and wonderful people as well as watching The Milk who are one of my favourite bands.
Wow - what an incredible, amazing weekend! The vibe was fantastic; the food was stunning, the music outstanding, but above all else, the people of Marlow made the whole event feel very special. It showed off our lovely town to all our visitors and the chefs from all over the country and did us proud.