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Geri Halliwell
Two tattoos on her spine - a black Panther and a sundial are her distinguishing marks. Born on June 8, 1972, in Watford, Herts, Geraldine Estelle Halliwell, is half-Spanish and half-Brit, and one gorgeous redhead. 5ft. 1, her exotic looks, sculpted body and mind - boggling bedroom eyes, make her the most fanciable of the Spice Girls. Geri Halliwell was cheerleader, rabble-rouser, bottom-pincher, pop advocate and larger-than-life cartoon character Ginger Spice in the biggest group of the nineties.

Branded as the biggest marketing success of the 1990's, the Spice Girls appeared everywhere. If they weren't meeting with world leaders, they were kissing royalty. The Spice Girls were global phenomena, selling 35 million albums and cover 25 million singles worldwide. With time the band's popularity vanished, though 'Girl Power' was here to stay. After exiting the group, Geri's image underwent a radical revamp, adopting a natural, demure look much more in keeping with her next job - in the fall of 1998. To the shock of many, she was named a United Nations ambassador, additionally taking up the cause of breast cancer awareness. She journeyed to Uganda for Comic Relief, and was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations. She even got to sing 'Happy Birthday' to the future King of England, Prince William.

Geri began carving out her own 'post-Ginger Spice' niche in the world. Her new look was natural, sophisticated and grown-up. Film roles, TV shows, the list was endless. One magazine even offered half a million for her story, but Geri was in control. On a good note she even sold the trademark outfits she'd worn as Ginger Spice, raising 200,000 for cancer charity and Sargeant Cancer Care for Children. Nearly a year after her departure from the Spice Girls, Halliwell returned to music in mid-1999 with Look At Me which debuted on the UK pop charts at the number two spot; and the debut album Schizophonic a few weeks later.

Her new single, It's Raining Men hit the charts and stayed there for a couple of weeks. The video for the song was Geri's own idea. The single, from the soundtrack of Bridget Jones' Diary, went on to become a worldwide hit, selling in excess of 1.8 million copies and scoring top five chart positions around the world. No Spice album is without sex. Shake Your Bootie Cutie for example is on the lines of Ricky Martin's Shake Your Bon Bon. Seems each Spice girl or even boy had their own terms for the rear.

Her first book If Only became a best seller (becoming the UK's biggest selling autobiography of 1999, with sales to date in excess of 450,000 copies). Her second album, Scream If You Wanna Go Faster was released in the summer of 2001 and saw Geri working with some of the biggest producers in pop, including Steve Lipson and Rick Nowels. Scream If You Wanna Go Faster and Calling followed hard on the album's heels.

Autumn 2001 saw the release of a health and fitness video, Geri Yoga featuring Geri and her yoga instructor taking viewers through a serious of workouts. A follow-up video, Geri Body Yoga in 2002, as well as a second autobiographical book, entitled Just For The Record, quickly became a Top 10 bestseller. 2002 also saw Geri branching out into TV presenting work, when she secured a role as one of the judges in the hugely popular reality TV series Popstars: The Rivals, working alongside Pete Waterman and Louis Walsh. In the US, Geri has presented a network reality series, All American Girl, recorded a cameo role in Sex In The City and guest presented on a number of celebrity shows.

2004 saw Geri return to the UK to finish recording her third solo album Passion featuring the sensational single, Ride It. Geri describes the album as 'a journey through a range of extreme emotions from passion and love through to fear and hope' and that can be clearly felt in the sound of the album which reveals a new found maturity as well as retaining Geri's trademark sound.
According to Geri, Passion, can be seen to chart her development as both a vocalist and songwriter. For Geri it has been a matter of, 'Finding out who I am not as much as I what I am. I think this album catches me at a real transitional point as a songwriter.'

All songs on the album were co-written by Halliwell with an assortment of writers and producers including Guy Chambers and Steve Power. Henrik Korpi and Blackcell produced the song Desire and the infectious Surrender Your Groove. From its driving bass line through to its utterly infectious and energizing chorus, the track is a sultry and mature example of what Geri describes as 'soulful pop'.

You can read the rest of our feature on Geri Halliwell in the June 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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