I'll cook up a storm on The Voice.
SHE'S the former girl group singer hoping to cook up a storm on The Voice.
Because Birminghamborn Cleo Higgins, best known as one-third of 90s sister act Cleopatra, has revealed she trained to be a pastry chef when the hits dried up - and dreamed of opening a cake shop.
But now the 31-year-old mum-of-two is hoping to go back to her first love after making it through to the BBC1 show's live broadcasts, which start tonight. "I've been away from music, but it's my passion," Cleo said.
"These days you need a big launchpad, a massive surge; a massive promotion that a record company isn't able to give anymore.
"Doing something like The Voice is the strongest way of getting noticed.
"All I've ever wanted is to get a gathering of followers that would respect my music and enjoy me as an artist."
Cleo lived in Birmingham until she was six and enjoyed success with Cleopatra alongside sisters Yonah and Zainam. They lived the dream, scoring a top five hit with Cleopatra's Theme, signing for Madonna's record label and supporting the Spice Girls on the UK leg of their world tour.
But their career ran into problems and their second album was never released in the UK.
Cleo, who now lives in Manchester, later swapped records for a rolling pin, training as a pastry chef as well as setting up a choir.
"I've got all my qualifi-cations for it, my aim was to open a patisserie," she said.
"It would sill be nice to be able to open that one day - it's more secure than the entertainment industry."
But, despite her success, Cleo - mentored on The Voice by will.i.am - said she felt she still had much to prove.
"People have reservations because I was in a girl group, even though it was a long time ago," she said.
"But I'm a fighter, I've fought my whole life. I don't need anyone to look at me and decide I've had things handed over on a plate.
"I never expected to think about myself being an artist again.
"I would like to achieve recording success as a solo artist, I hope, a few albums down the line, I'd be able to release that Cleopatra album that never got released too."
The Voice is on BBC1 at 7pm.
Singer Cleo Higgins and inset right, in Cleopatra, with the Spice Girls.