Mariah Carey’s career is truly the stuff of legend. Since she began her career, Mariah has since become the best-selling female performer of all time, with an incredible 15 #1 singles and two Grammy Awards. Along the way she became the only artist to top the charts in each year of the 1990s, and, with “Heartbreaker,” she pushed ahead of the Beatles as the artist with the most cumulative weeks spent atop Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart.
Possessing a spectacular seven-octave range, Mariah has proven that she is equally at home with sweeping ballads and pop, often incorporating elements of dance and hip-hop into the mix. Perhaps even more impressive, she composes all of her own material.
Born in Long Island, NY, as the daughter of a former opera singer and vocal coach — and named after the song “They Call the Wind Mariah” from the popular Lerner and Loewe musical Paint Your Wagon. Mariah began singing at the age of four, and was writing her own songs by the time she was attending Oldfield Middle School. She moved to New York City, the day after graduating from high school. Honing her songwriting skills and lending her vocals to several local acts, she first garnered industry attention when singing backup for Brenda K. Starr, who gave Mariah’s demo tape to Sony Music Entertainment chief Tommy Mottola at a party. As legend has it, Mottola played the demo on his ride home and ordered his driver to immediately return to the party so that he could meet the young singer. Soon afterwards, Mottola signed Mariah to a Columbia Records contract.
Mariah’s self-titled Columbia debut, released in 1990, spawned an extraordinary four #1 singles: “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Someday” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” and led to Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Vocalist. The following year’s album, Emotions, was another smash, with the title track scoring her fifth consecutive #1 single and two other titles “Can’t Let Go” and “Make It Happen” reaching the Top Five. Her next release, 1992’s MTV Unplugged EP, scored another #1 with her cover of the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There.”
Music Box (1993) became her biggest seller to date, with “Dreamlover” and “Hero” again topping the charts, and was followed by 1994’s Merry Christmas, which contained another hit with “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Daydream (1995) contained the club-friendly “Fantasy,” which debuted at #1 making Mariah the second artist in history, and the first female performer, to accomplish that feat. The follow-up single, “One Sweet Day” (recorded with Boyz II Men), followed suit and stayed at the top of the charts for a record 16 weeks.
Butterfly (1997) revealed an even greater hip-hop flavor than its predecessor, scoring hits with “Honey” and “My All.” The following year witnessed the release of greatest hits collection #1’s, which included a new song, “When You Believe” (from the film The Prince of Egypt), a duet with Whitney Houston which paired the two most successful female recording artists in pop history. Rainbow, with its chart-topping tune “Heartbreaker,” followed in 1999.
Mariah has garnered many accolades throughout her career including 2 Grammy Awards, 8 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award and the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium” to name a few. Mariah’s many accomplishments and unprecedented career success stand as a testament to her creativity and talent. That they represent only the beginning is all the more impressive.
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