Melanie C , also known as Mel C and Sporty Spice was born on January 12, 1974 in Whiston, Merseyside, United Kingdom . She holds British citizenship . As a versatile artist, Melanie C holds several occupations including singer-songwriter , musician , poet , composer , actor , and writer . She was educated at Bird College and is known to perform in genres such as pop music , Britpop , and pop rock . Melanie C founded Red Girl Records and is recognized as an instance of a person .