Melanie Chisholm, known either as Mel C or Sporty Spice, is a former member of the Spice Girls and one of the most successful music artists of all-time. Chisholm, now 44 years old, was born in Whiston, Lancashire and she is an only child. Her family moved to Widnes in Cheshire when Chisholm was younger, and it is her mother, Joan, who she gets her musical talent from because she sang in bands from the age of 14.

Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts is where Chisholm studied for a diploma course in dance singing, drama and musical theatre and it is here where she answered an advertisement in The Stage, which ultimate led to Chisholm becoming one of the Spice Girls. After selling an incredible 85 million records with the Spice Girls, Chisholm embarked on a solo career and continues to be hugely successful to this day having sold an additional 20 million records as a solo artist.

Chisholm’s first solo project

Bryan Adams released “When You’re Gone” with Chisholm’s vocals in November 1998, her debut solo project. The song spent 15 weeks in the UK top 50 and peaked at number three in the charts. Following that success, Chisholm recorded the album Northern Star and released it in October 1999. It peaked at number four in the UK and sold an impressive four million copies worldwide. Reason was the title of Chisholm’s second album and it would be her last with Virgin Records because Chisholm created her own label called Red Girl, which she used to launch the album Beautiful Intentions. This album reached 24 in the UK.

Chisholm has since released albums entitled This Time, The Sea, Stages and Version of Me. Having co-written 11 UK number ones, Chisholm has more than any other female artists in chart history and she is also the only female performer to have a number one hit as a solo artist, as part of a duo, quartet and quintet; this record is highly unlikely to be beaten any time soon.

Away from the recording studio, Chisholm is a keen Liverpool FC supporter and an amateur triathlete who has completed the London Triathlon twice. Chisholm has one child, a daughter named Scarlet Chisholm Starr who was born on February 22nd, 2009. Chisholm and the child’s father Thomas Starr, split up and ended their 10-year relationship in 2012.

Chisholm the philanthropist

Like all of the Spice Girls, Chisholm has used her fame and some of her fortune to raise money for some good causes around the world. Many of Chisholm’s philanthropy work has focussed on children in African countries, including participating in a three-mile Sport Relief run in 2012.

In 2013, Chisholm and a host of other celebrities raised more than £1 million by canoeing through the most difficult rapids on the Zambezi River. The following year, Chisholm travelled to Ghana to help a project involving water purification sachets that turn stagnant water into drinkable water. Chisholm also donated all the funds raised from her annual calendar sales to a homeless charity.