Michelle Stephenson

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Michelle Stephenson
Birth name Michelle Stephenson
Born Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England
Origin England
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, presenter, reporter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 90s
Labels Unsigned
Associated acts Spice Girls

Michelle Stephenson is a British singer and television presenter. At the age of 17, she was briefly a member of the English girl group that would go on to become the Spice Girls.[1]

Touch (Spice Girls)[edit]

Alongside Melanie Brown, Melanie Laccohee (later replaced by Victoria Adams), Lianne Morgan (later replaced by Melanie Chisholm) and Suzanne Tinker (soon replaced with Geri Halliwell), Stephenson completed the original 1994 line-up of Touch receiving the highest scores at the audition. At the audition, she sang Dina Carroll's song "Don't Be a Stranger".[2] Stephenson was a member of the group for only a short period before commitment issues prompted Heart Management to remove her. Stephenson says that she left because her mother was suffering from breast cancer.[3] "To say I was turfed out of the group when I left because I wanted to be with my sick mother – well, what kind of person does that?"[4] She was replaced by Emma Bunton.[2][5]

Stephenson has given several interviews about her time with the group, saying the she does not regret leaving them.[6][7]

Presenting and music[edit]

Stephenson worked briefly as a TV presenter for LWT,[7] ITV, Friendly TV and BSkyB. She also filmed a TV show in Malta called Wild Games before forming a songwriting partnership with Ben Hackett and Mike Edwards (under the name SHEsongs). She has also worked as a session singer for various record companies. She performed backing vocals for singers like Ricky Martin and Julio Iglesias, while working on her own songs as well. In November 2003, Stephenson recorded and released an EP entitled SHESongs, featuring six songs called "In Control", "Fall Over", "Hey Sugar", "Dirty Music", "Boom, Boom" and "Happens for a Reason".

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 London Weekend Television Presenter 5 episodes[8]
2001 Raw Spice Herself Documentary[9]
2008 E! True Hollywood Story' Herself Documentary'[9]

Albums[edit]

  • 2003: SHEsongs (EP)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vanoli, Lisa (Feb 27, 1997). "News: Now it's time for the Spice Boys!". The Stage. 
  2. ^ a b Sinclair, David (2004). Wannabe: How the Spice Girls Reinvented Pop Fame. Omnibus Press. p. 27-31. ISBN 0-7119-8643-6. 
  3. ^ "Meet the 'Raw' Spice Girl". Entertainment. People. 24 April 1998. 
  4. ^ "Posh is so bitchy, says the sixth Spice Girl", Alison Boshoff, Daily Mail 16 September 2001
  5. ^ "Timeline: Spice Girls". Entertainment. BBC. 28 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "'No regrets' about leaving Spice Girls". News24. 22 March 2001.
  7. ^ a b Kempster, Doug (4 March 2001). "Forgotten Spice Girl; What happened to the one who turned her back on". Sunday Mirror. Findarticles.com. 
  8. ^ "Michelle Stephenson". British Film Institute.
  9. ^ a b IMDB. "Michelle Stephenson".

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