Melanie B, real name Melanie Brown, knows a thing or two about "girl power."
As Scary Spice, she helped coin the phrase during the Spice Girls' height of popularity in the mid-'90s, and perpetuated it again during the British girl group's successful 2007-2008 reunion tour and 2012 appearance at the London summer Olympics closing ceremony.
So it should come as no surprise that Brown's first solo single in eight years, For Once In My Life, is yet another empowering dance-pop anthem for women or as she calls it "a feel good track."
Version 2.0 of girl power perhaps?
"Well, that's where I come from and I'm always going to be that," said Brown, 38, a mother of three girls (plus a fourth stepdaughter) who is married to film producer Stephen Belafonte.
"All the Spice Girls are all like that. It's kind of in our DNA."
We caught up with Brown down the line from her adopted home of L.A, where she just wrapped up judging her first season on America's Got Talent.
Q: I read that you felt you didn't have the confidence to release new music until recently?
A: It kind of took me a while to get my groove back. And then obviously doing America's Got Talent, seeing people audition, week in, week out, kind of gave me that spark, that fire in my tummy, of actually wanting to get up there myself and perform.
Q: Will you make a full album?
A: I go back in the studio tonight so I'm going to be working with my producers and co-writers for the next couple of weeks so I'm hoping more and more stuff is coming out. Basically, I don't want it to stop.
Q: The For Once In My Life video has you stripping down in front of the cameras into three or four different outfits, plus making out with yourself, and no one has mentioned that and yet Miley Cyrus gets flak for being naked in her Wrecking Ball video. Is there a double standard for different female artists?
A: I love her. She's a good friend of mine. My video's just fun. It's not about being overly sexy. It's not about 'Look at me.'... It's all like metaphoric with a bit of sassy pants.
Q: Do you get why people are shocked by Miley?
A: No I don't. I think Miley Cyrus is a great artist just like Rihanna is, just like Beyonce is, and everybody performs however they perform. And I still really respect that and I think a good performer pushes boundaries and they set their own standards and that's what an artist does. You can't put an artist in a box. ... I was just watching her on The Today Show. She's got her head screwed on. She's a very sensible girl. And she's an artist at the end of the day.
Q: What else are you up to?
A: I just shot my first Lifetime movie a couple of weeks ago. It's coming out at Christmas. It's called Twelve Trees of Christmas and I play like the villian, the bad bitch in it. ... I shot it in Toronto in the boiling heat. ...That was interesting. I was all bundled up in a big, white, long Cruella de Ville fur coat.
Q: Is another Spice Girls reunion in the works?
A: I'm always championing a Spice Girls reunion. I always will and always have done. Yeah. I'll always be the one flying the flag saying, "Let's get together.' I mean we got together for the Olympics and we rehearsed for two weeks and we all cleared our diaries so I'm always optimistic.
Q: Do you think the Spice Girls' musical, Viva Forever, which closed early in London might get another life?
A: Hopefully, it's going to go on tour at some point because (producer) Judy Cramer put a lot of time and energy into it. ... Throughout the actual show it had a lot of changes and I think that confused the press a little bit so hopefully it will be back at some point, fingers crossed.