Around 400 women who answered the advertisement attended auditions at Danceworks Studios in Mayfair, London.Halliwell, Chisholm, Beckham and Brown were originally chosen as the members of the group, and then formed a quintet with Emma Bunton.Their debut album, Spice, was a huge worldwide commercial success, peaked at number one in more than 17 countries, The first single, "Wannabe", reached number one in 37 countries and all the following singles – "Say You'll Be There", "2 Become 1", "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Mama" – also peaked at number one in United Kingdom.
After seeing an advertisement for an audition in a newspaper, Brown started her music career in a band known as Touch.The group left the original management team and eventually teamed up with music manager Simon Fuller.After signing with the independent label Amber Café, she released her second solo album L. State of Mind, which spawned the release of one single "Today".Brown released "For Once in My Life" in 2013, her first single in eight years. In 2007, she participated on the fifth season of the American dance competition series Dancing with the Stars, finishing in second place with her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.She took part in smaller projects as a presenter such as Top of the Pops, Party in the Park for The Prince's Trust and The All Star Animal Awards.
She has appeared as herself in an advert for the Yorkshire tourist board in a series which included contributions from other Yorkshire-born celebrities, and in the film Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde."Viva Forever", another number one, was the last single before Geri Halliwell's departure from the group in May 1998.Before the split of the Spice Girls, Brown went on to release music with Virgin Records, the label she was signed to when a member of the Spice Girls.With over 85 million records sold worldwide, the group became the best-selling female group of all time.During the group's hiatus, Brown released her debut solo album Hot.Through her mother, Brown is a first cousin of actor and director Christian Cooke.