Melanie C has today released her irresistible new single, ‘High Heels’. A suitably unadulterated banger, ‘High Heels’ is an anthem about self-love, community, and holding on to the good times long after the moment comes to take them off and head back home. The track was produced by Grammy-winning DJ and producer Alex Metric and written by Melanie together with alt-pop royalty Rae Morris and Fryars; at first sight, perhaps an unpredictable mix for one-fifth of the biggest girl band in the world, but in the hands of Melanie C – who has danced to her own beat ever since growing up in the industrial town of Widnes, and sneaking off to attend Prodigy raves – one that also makes glorious, unapologetic sense.
This all comes hot on the (high) heels of a standout 2019 for Melanie. Earlier this summer, she reunited with her fellow Spice Girls for a record-breaking stadium tour around the UK, writing the next chapter of Girl Power in the process. Over the last few months, Melanie has also conceived a brand new solo show alongside seminal LGBTQ drag collective Sink The Pink, which they debuted at a series of Pride shows worldwide. Quickly becoming the highlight of the set, ‘High Heels’ received its first preview in Sao Palo, where Melanie performed (wrapped in the rainbow flag) as 3.7 million people packed the infamously right-wing streets.
The fact this took place just days after the band’s final show at Wembley Stadium seems a fitting paradox for a Spice Girl, activist and role model who has never been afraid to stand out, but whose cultural influence has also never been so clear. A vital voice in the modern discourse on depression, body positivity, feminism and diversity, so much so that even today’s biggest advocates of mental health and girl power — such as global superstar Billie Eilish — have cited Melanie C as a role model and icon.
Introducing the track for the first today, Melanie recalls how “High Heels’ was inspired by the time I spent with my gorgeous friends at Sink The Pink. From the first moment I set foot in their fantastic club, I was blown away by the warmth and inclusivity of the atmosphere that had been created. It was a place where anyone could be themselves, whomever they were, while feeling completely relaxed about being so. ‘High Heels’ is also frivolous riot of a song, encapsulating an amazing night out and everything that goes into getting yourself ready for it!”
Watch the video for ‘High Heels’ – BELOW:
On the twentieth anniversary of her acclaimed debut solo album, ‘Northern Star’, Melanie C is back working on brand new music to follow (more on which soon). And whilst her legacy on contemporary pop is now beyond doubt – over 100 million records sold, multiple BRIT, Ivor, Billboard and Olivier Awards – it’s that tireless drive to keep things moving forward that is perhaps Melanie C’s defining trait. Her ‘High Heels’ are made for walking.