Carey is truly a very gifted artist, who learned to
stand on 'her own two feet' at a very early age by producing
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Mariah Carey became a star on the strength of her
amazing five-octave voice which allowed her to move
easily from ballads to dance-pop. She has been compared
to rivals Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but went
one better by composing all of her own material.
March 27, 1970, New York, NY
Born in Long Island, New York on March 27, 1970, Mariah
Carey moved to New York City at the age of 17, just
one day after graduating high school, to pursue a
music career. It was there she befriended keyboardist
Ben Margulies, with whom she began writing songs.
Her big break came as a backing vocalist on a studio
session with dance-pop singer Brenda K. Starr. Brenda
was impressed by her talents and handed Carey's demo
tape to Columbia Records head, Tommy Mottola, at a
party. According to legend, Mottola listened to the
tape in his limo while driving home that same evening,
and was so immediately struck by Carey's talent that
he doubled back to the party to track her down.
After signing to Columbia, Carey entered the studio
to begin work on her 1990 self-titled debut LP. The
album was heavily promoted and became a chart-topping
smash, launching no fewer than four number one singles:
'Vision of Love', 'Love Takes Time', 'Someday' and
'I Don't Wanna Cry'. Almost overnight she became a
success and earned Grammy awards as 'Best New Artist'
and 'Best Female Vocalist'.
Carey's follow-up, 1991's Emotions was eagerly awaited.
The album did not disappoint, and the title track
reached number one, while both 'Can't Let Go' and
'Make It Happen' landed in the Top Five.
Mariah released an EP in 1992, heavily plugged on
MTV. 'Unplugged' featured a number one hit of the
Jackson 5's 'I'll Be There'.
In June, 1993, Carey wed Mottola who was 20 years
older, in a headline-grabbing ceremony. A few months
later she released her third album, 'Music Box', which
became her best selling record to date. It generated
two more hit singles, 'Dreamlover' and 'Hero' both
reaching the top spot on the charts.
Mariah Carey's first tour followed but was not a great
success with the critics. Undaunted, she came back
in 1994 with a Christmas release titled 'Merry Christmas'
and produced from it a seasonal smash with 'All I
Want for Christmas Is You.'
1995's 'Daydream' introduced the hit single, 'Fantasy',
which launched at number one, making Mariah the first
female artist and just the second performer ever to
accomplish this feat. Amazingly the follow-up, 'One
Sweet Day', a collaboration with Boyz II Men, repeated
the trick, and remained at the top of the charts for
Separating from Mottola, Mariah re-surfaced in 1997
with 'Butterfly', which became another phenomenal
success and her most 'hip-hop-flavored' recording
"#1's, a collection" featuring her 13 previous chart-topping
singles as well as 'The Prince of Egypt (When You
Believe)', a duet with Whitney Houston followed late
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