Melanie C is currently making some of the best music of her solo career.

From the self-reflective “Who I Am” to “Blame It On Me” and “In & Out of Love,” our beloved Sporty Spice is supplying smash after smash of sturdy, encouraging pop – and the trend only continues on Wednesday (September 16) with her latest release, “Fearless.”

The latest cut to come from her forthcoming self-titled eighth studio solo album – Melanie C, due out on October 2 – features 27-year-old British rapper and rising hip-hop star, Nadia Rose.

Crafted with the prolific Paul O’Duffy (Amy Winehouse, Dusty Springfield), the track finds Melanie swerving into a midtempo lane, as opposed to the more dance floor-suited productions she’s served up thus far.

Described as a “21st century Girl Power anthem of self-acceptance,” the soulful song conjures some classic Spice “Take Me Home”-esque nostalgia across the sultry production – as do those dashboard bobbleheads in the music video.

I wish that you could see you like I do,” Mel sings in the song’s opening. “Comparisons you make are never true.

Nadia arrives on the second verse, adding a playful kind of energy: “It ain’t a crime to be feeling yourself / No better time to excel / No better moment to rule your world,” she assures.

When you feel like giving up, and you don’t feel good enough, you gotta believe in yourself,” they encourage in the song’s uplifting bridge.

“Meeting Nadia was kismet. I’d seen her on Kathy Burke’s documentary series on women and fallen in love with her attitude. As female artists, we
have to be fearless. I love this girl,” Melanie says. (Her energy is indeed great, if you don’t know much about her – go watch that clip.)

“It’s no secret that I’m a super Spice Girls fan, so this whole experience has been very surreal. Melanie C is an incredible human being; creating with her has been nothing short of perfect. Feel-good song that makes you feel GREAT!” Nadia says of working with Melanie.

Not everyone could pull off a self-empowerment smooth jam as convincingly, but when a Spice Girl-turned-solo star thriving well over two decades deep into the game tells you that you’re good and strong enough, you better damn well believe it and wear your crown.

Read the lyrics…

Melanie C is out in CD, tape and vinyl form on October 2.

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Photo credit: J. Marshall