Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell

The Ginger Spice of the '90s pop group The Spice Girls
Can I start again? In your own time, Ms Halliwell.In May 1998, a 25-year-old woman walked out of her job, and it made world news. But then, it was quite a job. 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, the Spice Girls. Yet when she quit, her future seemed uncertain. Some even said bleak.But that, of course, was before her book If Only became a best-seller. Before her first solo album Schizophonic went platinum in Canada. Before the first single from that album made number two in the UK charts, to be followed by three consecutive number one singles. Before Geri proved that her success was no fluke and that she has an unerring instinct for what the girl on the street (and the boy on the dance floor) wants to hear. Because, of course, itís what she wants to hear herself.At a time when real pop stars are in short supply, Geri Halliwell is the genuine article. Iíve always loved pop music, she declares. ďPop became a dirty word for a while, but it doesnít have to be crap. It doesnít have to be manufactured, soulless, and heartless. There is soulful pop out there that is running on a heartbeat and a lot of fire and energy.Growing up in Watford, Geraldine Estelle Halliwellís early musical education consisted of miming to Madonna records in front of her bedroom mirror, listening to Abba, Michael Jackson, Wham and her dadís collection of show tunes: Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Bassey. And loving it all with a passion.ďThen I did a degree in pop, she laughs. ďI was in the Spice Girls. And now I feel like Iím doing my thesis. All of that knowledge is poured into this album, and Iíve finally got the tools to be able to use what Iíve learned.Her first solo album was made quickly, ďJust to prove I could do it. I was running on ĎIíll show youmore than anything. We all do that Iíve done it all my life. But this albumís different. This was very much a creative drive to explore. Vocally Iíve become a lot more confident. And Iím starting to realize that I am a real artist that I can write pop songs, and do it well.The album was produced by Rick Nowells (Sonique, Texas, Dido), Stephen Lipson (Pet Shop Boys, Ronan Keating) and Absolute (Tina Turner, Spice Girls), and crafted with a variety of writing partners from Europe and the USA. But no matter who the collaborators were, the end result is unmistakably, consistently Geri: the lyrics, the music, the production, the videos and even the image on the sleeve all reflect her creative input and powerful personality.In all the column inches written about Geri in the past three years, itís easy to forget that this is what she does: loud, proud, glorious pop. Music with a heart, soul and great hooks. So forget the weight loss, the friendships with George Michael and Robbie Williams, the yoga, the shopping, the gossip and the pictures. If you really want to know the truth about Geri Halliwell, then play her records: sheís in every beat. Playful, romantic, sexual, spiritual, egotistical, funny, thoughtful, contradictory but always warm, honest and likeable.So far, itís been one hell of a roller-coaster ride. And now itís time to go round again. Scream if you wanna go faster.Source: sing365.com
I just grew out of Ginger Spice but I don't think she will ever completely die. Maybe when I'm a granny I will still be pinching people's bottoms-it's the Spanish in me.More Geri Halliwell quotes [03/21/2006 12:03:00]
Everyone has a mad half-hour once a month.More Geri Halliwell quotes [03/21/2006 12:03:00]
Some people are naturally thin and some people are naturally heavier. It doesn't mean that bigger is healthier, or much thinner is healthier, it's on an individual basis.More Geri Halliwell quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I still cry a lot. I cry about the Spice Girls and I cry about my dad. He died just before I joined the band. I was always Daddy's little girl.More Geri Halliwell quotes [03/21/2006 12:03:00]
In the end it was down to my principles and my morals that I was supposed to stand behind. It was supposed to be girlpower but I wanted real power. My new motto is staying power.More Geri Halliwell quotes [03/21/2006 12:03:00]

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