Geri Halliwell Readies New Music, Signs to Sony Music Australia

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell will release new music next month through a recording deal inked with Sony Music Australia.

The British pop artist, who became a household name as Ginger Spice, will release her new single “Half of Me” on Oct. 25.

The song “is about love, hope and optimism with a splash of humor,” she says in a statement. Australian team DNA have co-written and produced the track.

Halliwell’s profile is enjoying a big boost Down Under, where she’s a judge on the “Australia’s Got Talent” TV show. “I've been so welcomed by the Aussies – it’s fantastic I wrote my new song there,” she explains.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Spice Girls exploded out the gate with “Wannabe.” They coined the phrase "girl power" and became a global brand which spun across merch and movies and more than 75 million record sales.

Halliwell quit the band acrimoniously in 1998, ahead of their third album release "Forever." The original five members reunited for their 2007/2008 “Return of the Spice Girls” world tour. At the time, Halliwell told Billboard that the tour would likely be their last. They returned to the stage to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Halliwell hasn't released any new music since 2005's "Passion," her third album which peaked at No. 41 on the U.K. albums chart. Her debut solo album "Schizophonic” peaked at No. 4 on the U.K. chart following its release in 1999. It’s unclear when her fourth studio album is due to arrive.

She isn’t the only former Spice Girl who has resurrected her recording career in Australia. Mel B -- Scary Spice -- signed to EMI Australia last year off the back of her involvement as a judge on “X Factor Australia.”