Eliot Kennedy on the Spice Girls 'influence' on female pop stars
Producer Eliot Kennedy has praised the Spice Girls for having a "massive influence" on women around the world.
With the news that three of the original line up - comprised of Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Mel B - are set to reform as GEM, the songwriter has reflected on the iconic girl group's legacy and how over the last 20 years they've had an impact on the perception of female pop stars.
Speaking on 'Good Morning Britain' on Friday (08.07.16), he said: "I think it's a great time. It's 20 years, that's a serious amount of time and they've had such a massive influence on women around the world.
"America's likely to have a woman President, we're gonna have another woman Prime Minister - women rock!
"Let's be honest - I think they have something to do with that, the way female artists are perceived in the pop charts nowadays. I think they've had a massive effect on pop music and pop culture, so it's a good time to celebrate."
Eliot - who is also known for his work with S Club 7, Bryan Adams and Delta Goodrem - has worked with the group on-and-off for the last two decades and has recorded a new song with Geri, Emma and Mel B and he said being in the room with them again was just like the old days.
He said: "We have been in the studio with just three of them and we had a fantastic couple of days.
"We wrote a brilliant song and the energy was exactly like it was 20 years ago, just as enthusiastic, just as much to say, just as much to celebrate."
GEM will mark the 21st anniversary of their debut album with a special concert at London's Hyde Park next July.