Mariah Angela Carey or best known as Mariah Carey is an American pop diva who is famous for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style as well as the useage of the whistle register. She holds the records for most No. 1 debuts in ‘Billboard Hot 100’ history and has won 5 Grammy Awards, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Music Awards. Here are some other facts you might not know about Mariah Carey:
- She was born to an Irish-American mother, Patricia Hickey, and an African-American/Venezuelan father, Alfred Roy Carey.
- Her mother was a mezzo-soprano New York City opera singer and a freelance vocal coach; while her father was an aeronautical engineer.
- When she grew up, she was neglected by her maternal family because they disowned her mother due to marrying a black man.
- People would do something bad to her family, which was a target for multiracial roots such as burning crosses on their lawn, poisoning their dogs, shooting fire through the kitchen window during dinner, etc.
- When she was two, she shocked her mom by imitating her singing operas. She then had her first voice lesson at the age of 4.
- In high school, she was called ‘Mirage’ since she cut class so soften.
- She studied cosmetology in Manhattan.
- Before being famous, she worked several odd jobs to support herself, such as a hat/coat-checker, hostess, hair sweeper in hairdressing salons, and waitress.
- She started her singing career as a backup singer for Brenda K. Starr, an American singer and songwriter who is well known for her 1980s work with freestyle music.
- She rose to fame after she got a contract with Columbia Records and released her first single ‘Vision of Love’on May 15, 1990.
- She married the president of Columbia Records, Tommy Mottola, in 1993 but they separated in 1998.
- In 2008, she married her second husband, actor/comedian Nick Cannon. They met while they were shooting a music video "Bye Bye". Soon after the marriage, she became pregnant but she unfortunately had a miscarriage. She kept it secret until 2010 when she announced her second pregnancy with twins. Carey and Cannon welcomed the twin Monroe and Moroccan via c-section in April 2011.
- Monroe Cannon was named after Marilyn Monroe, Carey's favorite actress, while Moroccan Cannon was named after the location in which Cannon proposed Carey in her Moroccan-style room.
- In 2000, she left Columbia and singed a $100 million recording contract with Virgin Records.
- "One Sweet Day", her song with Boys II Men, holds the record for being the longest running number one song in history after spending 16 weeks on the Billboard 100.
- She has more number one hit singles than Elvis Presley while The Beatles are the only artists ahead of her in that category.
- She always labels her albums, videos, photographs, and clothing with butterflies.
- She was awarded "Worst Actress" by The Razzie Award for her role in "Glitter" (2001).
- In 2000, she started calling her loved ones, friends and fans as "Lambily" which originated as a term of endearment but some have speculated that it refers to her fans acting like a lamb by following the leader.
- She is the co-founder of a camp located in Fishkill, New York and set up Camp Mariah.
Mariah Carey's Biography
Name: Mariah Carey
Date of Birth: March 27, 1969 or 1970
Place of Birth: Huntington, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s): Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record producer
Father: Alfred Roy Carey
Mother: Patricia Hickey
- Tommy Mottola (m. 1993; div. 1998)
- Nick Cannon (m. 2008; div. 2016)
The twin Moroccan Scott Cannon (son) and Monroe Cannon (daughter) born on April 30. 2011
- 1990 Mariah Carey
- 1991 Emotions
- 1993 Music Box
- 1994 Merry Christmas
- 1995 Daydream
- 1997 Butterfly
- 1999 Rainbow
- 2001 Glitter
- 2002 Charmbracelet
- 2005 The Emancipation of Mimi
- 2008 E=MC²
- 2009 Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
- 2010 Merry Christmas II You
- 2014 Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse
- 1999 The Bachelor as Ilana
- 2001 Glitter as Billie Frank
- 2002 WiseGirls as Raychel
- 2003 Death of a Dynasty as Herself (Cameo appearance)
- 2005 State Property 2 as Dame's Wifey
- 2008 Tennessee as Krystal
- 2008 You Don't Mess with the Zohan as Herself (Cameo appearance)
- 2009 Precious as Mrs. Weiss
- 2013 The Butler as Hattie Pearl
- 2015 A Christmas Melody as Melissa
- 2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping as Herself (Cameo appearance)
- 2016 The Keys of Christmas (Cameo appearance)
- 2017 The Lego Batman Movie as Mayor McCaskill
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