Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She was the first artist to have their first five singles reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Mariah Carey Early Life
Mariah Carey was born on 27th March 1969 in Huntington, New York, United States. She is the youngest of three children born to Patricia, a former opera singer and vocal coach of Irish descent, and Alfred Roy Carey, an aeronautical engineer of African-American and black Venezuelan-American lineage. After her parents’ divorce, Carey had little contact with her father, and her mother worked several jobs to support the family.
Her family disowned her because she married a black man. Racial tensions prevented the Carey family from integrating into their community. When they lived in Huntington, their neighbors poisoned the family’s dog and set fire to their car. After her parents divorced, Carey had little contact with her father, and her mother worked multiple jobs to support the family. Carey spent much of her time at home alone and began singing at the age of three, often imitating her mother’s take on Verdi’s Italian opera Rigoletto. Her older sister Alison moved in with her father, while Mariah and her older brother Morgan lived with their mother.
During elementary school, Carey excelled in the arts, such as music and literature. Carey began writing poetry and lyrics while attending Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York, from which she graduated in 1987. Carey began vocal training with her mother. Although Patricia Carey was a classically trained opera singer, she never pushed her daughter to pursue a career in classical opera. Mariah Carey recalled that she was never “a pushy mom. She never said, ‘Make it more operatic.'” Carey eventually got a demo singer job. This led to her classmates giving her the nickname Mirage.
Mariah Carey Relationship
On 5th June 1993, Mariah got married to Tommy Mottola in New York City. Their relationship began to deteriorate due to their growing creative differences in terms of her music as well as Mottola’s controlling nature. They finally got divorced on 2 December 2000.
From 2001 to 1998, she was in a relationship with singer Luis Miguel. On 30 April 2008, she got married to actor and comedian Nick Cannon. On 30th April 2011, she gave birth to their twins, Moroccan and Monroe via Cesarean section. In 2016, the couple got finally divorced.
On 21st January 2016, she got engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer but by October, they called off their engagement. In October 2016, she began dating American choreographer Bryan Tanaka.
Mariah Carey Career
In 1990, Mariah released her debut album Mariah Carey. On June 5, 1990, she made her first public appearance at the 1990 NBA Finals, singing America the Beautiful. In 1991, Mariah Carey was the best-selling album in the United States.
On 1st November 1994, she released Merry Christmas which became the best-selling Christmas album of all time, with global sales of over 15 million copies.
The single, Fantasy, became the first single by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The soundtrack became Carey’s lowest-selling album to that point.
In 2002, Carey was cast in the independent film WiseGirls.In December 2002, Carey released her ninth studio album, Charmbracelet. In 2005, Carey’s tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi, was produced with the Neptunes, Kanye West and Carey’s longtime collaborator, Jermaine Dupri.
In early 2007, Carey began to work on her eleventh studio album, E=MC².On March 15, 2016, Carey announced that she was filming Mariah’s World.
Mariah Carey Business
On August 25, 2019, Carey signed a $12 million deal with crisps brand Walkers as part of their Christmas campaign and appeared in an ad for the company. For the 25th anniversary of Merry Christmas, released in 2019, she hosted a gift guide with Amazon and collaborated with Swarovski to create an exclusive Christmas ornament. In December 2020, She partnered with Virtual Dining Concepts and restaurateur Robert Earl to create a line of cookies called Mariah’s Cookies. In 2021, Carey announced the launch of a new line of spirits, Black Irish, a tribute to her black, Venezuelan, and Irish heritage. That same year, she also collaborated with McDonald’s, promoting a brand-new limited-time menu. In 2022, she recorded nine video lessons for a MasterClass titled “Mariah Carey Teaches the Voice as an Instrument” and re-recorded “The Roof (Back in Time)” with Brandy.
Mariah Carey Education
Mariah attended Harborfields High School where she graduated in 1987.
Mariah Carey Net Worth
Mariah has a net worth estimated to be around $340 million. She has gather such a large sum of money for her long-decades of career.
Mariah Carey Controversies
In 2008, Carey performed at a New Year’s concert for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. He later said he felt “terrified and confused” after attending the concert. To alleviate the situation, in March 2011, Carey’s representative, Cindi Berger, announced that royalties from the song “Save the Day”, written for her 14th studio album, would be donated to charities that raise awareness of human rights. Berger also said that Carey “has and continues to donate her time, money, and countless hours of personal service to many organizations here and abroad.” “Save the Day” remained unreleased until 2020. In 2013, Carey was criticized by human rights activists for performing at a “father-daughter klepocracy” concert in Angola, accusing her of accepting “dictatorship cash”.
In January 2019, Carey performed in Saudi Arabia, which caused a backlash. Owen Jones of The Guardian noted that Carey has a large gay fan base and that homosexuality is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. He was pressured to cancel the show due to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the imprisonment of feminists in Saudi Arabia. In a statement to The Associated Press, Carey’s publicist said: “Mariah was offered to perform in Saudi Arabia for an international and mixed-gender audience and took the opportunity as a positive step towards ending gender segregation … As the first international artist to perform in Saudi Arabia, Mariah acknowledges the cultural significance of this event and continues to advance global support efforts for equality for all.”
In March 2021, Carey attempted to trademark the phrase “Queen of Christmas” for use by her company, Lotion LLC. Darlene Love responded by saying that David Letterman had given her the title some thirty years earlier. Elizabeth Chan issued an official objection, saying that she is “music’s only full-time Christmas caroler” and that people have also called her the “Queen of Christmas”. Chan also used the “Princess of Christmas” trademark for his daughter, which Carey’s company also wanted. In November 2022, the Trademark and Appellate Board rejected Carey’s application.
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Mariah Carey Physical Stats
|5 feet 9 inches
Mariah Carey Bio/Wiki
|27th March 1969
|Huntington, New York, United States
|Irish, African American, and Afro-Venezuelan descent
|Singer-Song Writer, Model, Actor, Author, Businesswoman
|Harborfields High School