Melanie Jayne Chisholm (born 12 January 1974) is a British singer-songwriter, actress and businesswoman professionally known as Melanie C or Mel C. She is one of the five members of the Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed "Sporty Spice". With the Spice Girls, Chisholm toured the world and sold over 100 million records worldwide.
As a solo artist, Chisholm has sold more than 12 million records. She released her debut solo studio album, Northern Star in 1999, which sold four million copies. Her second album Reason was released in 2003, her third album Beautiful Intentions in 2005, her fourth album This Time in 2007, her fifth album The Sea in 2011 and her sixth album Stages in 2012. Chisholm has been nominated for BRIT and ECHO awards. She currently holds the third position for most United Kingdom number-ones by a female artist. She is also the only female to reach the UK number one spot as part of a quartet, a quintet, a duo and solo. In 2012, Chisholm earned her 12th UK number 1 as part of The Justice Collective with the Christmas number 1 single "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".