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]


Stephenson was born in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. 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". 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.[2] "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?"[3] She was replaced by Emma Bunton.[4]

Stephenson worked briefly as a TV presenter for LWT,[5] 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".

In March 2001, Stephenson gave a newspaper interview about her time with the group, saying "of course I regret I'm not a multi-millionaire like them. But at the time I left the group I knew I was doing the right thing – and I still think it was the right thing." She also joked that if she had been in the group that her name would have been Mel S and stated that had she remained in the group and thus been assigned a 'Spice name', she would have wanted to be Sexy Spice. Michelle joked that Emma and Victoria would have been replaced to make way for two more Mels. Mel B, Mel C and Mel S it wouldn't have worked with Em and Vic she claims. Michelle then claimed that her and Victoria never saw eye to eye and she approached the bands manager to request Victoria was spoken to about the behaviour.[5]

In 2007, after the Spice Girls reformed, Victoria Beckham claimed in Giving You Everything, a documentary film about the group's reunion, that Stephenson never fit into the group and that Mel S always thought she was the lead singer. Today, Stephenson is married, lives in London, and still works in the music industry.

Albums[edit]

  • 2003: SHEsongs (EP)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vanoli, Lisa (Feb 27, 1997). "News: Now it's time for the Spice Boys!". The Stage. 
  2. ^ "Meet the 'Raw' Spice Girl". Entertainment. People. 24 April 1998. 
  3. ^ "Posh is so bitchy, says the sixth Spice Girl", Alison Boshoff, Daily Mail 16 September 2001
  4. ^ "Timeline: Spice Girls". Entertainment. BBC. 28 June 2007. 
  5. ^ a b Kempster, Doug (4 March 2001). "Forgotten Spice Girl; What happened to the one who turned her back on". Sunday Mirror. Findarticles.com. 

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