Emma Lee Bunton, better known in the music industry as her Spice Girls nickname Baby Spice, was born on January 21st, 1976 in Finchley, London. Bunton was interested in performing arts as a child, particularly acting, and she made a brief appearance as a mugger in the British BBC soap opera Eastenders in 1992. Bunton appeared in the ITV police Drama The Bill and had a small part in the BBC drama series To Play the King.
A year after her appearance in The Bill, 1994, Bunton’s life would change forever. Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Adams responded to an advertisement in The Stage magazine and were eventually chosen, along with Michelle Stephenson, to form what would become the Spice Girls.
A stroke of luck change Bunton’s life forever
Stephenson was removed from the band for an apparent lack of commitment and was replaced by Abigail Kis, who was finally replaced by Bunton. These five women would go on to have unprecedented success as the Spice Girls and would become the biggest-selling all female pop band in musical history. The Spice Girls stopped recording in 2000 after the release of their third album entitled Forever. The album charted in the UK at number two and it would be final album the group would release as they chose to embark on solo careers.
Bunton released her debut solo album on April 16th 2001 under Virgin Records. A Girl Like Me initially proved popular among Bunton’s fans and it peaked at number four in the UK Albums Chart thanks in part to selling more than 21,000 copies in its first week. The album stayed in the charts for several weeks despite a quite rapid decline following that early success. The album gave Bunton her first number one with the single What Took You So Long. She also enjoyed top five hits with What I Am, Take My Breath Away while We’re Not Gonna Sleep Tonight reached the top 20. Ultimately, the album sold 125,000 copies and Virgin cancelled their contract with Bunton.
Bunton’s second album was released in 2003 and was called Free Me. It spent 12 weeks in the UK Albums Chart and sold approximately 142,000 copies. Life in Mono was Bunton’s third studio album which was not well-received and only reached 65 in the UK charts.
Life away from music
Fans of Bunton can still hear her on the British airwaves because she now works in the radio industry. Bunton starred as a guest presenter on the Heart Breakfast show and then began hosting a pre-recorded show on Saturdays at Heart Radio. Bunton was given the role of co-host to Jamie Theakston on the Heart Breakfast show after Harriet Scott departed. Buton was awarded “Radio Presenter of the Year” and “Digital Radio Programme” titles in March 2017 at the annual Television and Radio Industries Club Awards.
Away from work, Bunton is a keen philanthropist who has made donations and helped with the appeals of children’s and anti-bullying charities. Bunton has dated British singer Jade Jones, best known as being the frontman to the group Damage, since 1997. Although the couple have split on several occasions and have no plans to marry in a civil or religious ceremony, they have two children together namely Beau Lee Jones and Tate Lee Jones.