Mariah Carey was born March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York. Her mother was an opera singer and a vocal coach while her father was an aeronautical engineer from Venezuela. Carey has two siblings, a sister Alison and a brother Morgan, both older than her.
Carey comes from a broken family as her parents divorced when she was just a 3-year old child. When she was only two years old, Carey imitated the singing of her mother, which got her into singing. Her mother was amazed by her vocal capabilities, and young Carey was put to singing lessons at the age of 4.
For years, Carey developed impressive vocal skills with her voice spanning five octaves. In 1987, Carey graduated from Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York, where she studied cosmetology and worked part-time jobs.
While she was busy during the day with these activities, Carey dedicated her spare time to pursuing a music career and writing music. Her efforts finally started to pay off by the age of 18.
Carey and her friend, who was also a singer, Brenda K. Starr, appeared at a party hosted by CBS Records. Carey brought a demo tape to the party that ended in the hands of the president of Columbia Records, Tommy Mottola. He was thrilled with her music and decided to give her a chance.
Carey signed for the record label and began working on her self-titled debut studio album. The album was a success right away, spawning four monster hits: I Don’t Want to Cry, Love Takes Time, Some Day, and Vision of Love.
In 1992, Carey released her next album, Emotions. It included two hits Make It Happen, and Can’t Let Go, while the title song became the singer’s fifth No. 1 hit. After a hugely successful MTV Unplugged performance in 1992, Carey continued her work.
Her next album included two No.1 singles. Her following musical efforts were all successful until she went through an emotional and physical collapse in 2001. Carey was hospitalized and had to postpone the release of her album Glitter.
Over the course of the next 16 years and after 15 studio albums, Carey proved that she is a true diva of pop music by pushing her boundaries even further, despite her health problems. Her 15th studio album proved her resolve.
It charted at No. 5 in the U.S. In 2019, her single, All I Want for Christmas Is You saw the diva hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, sealing Carey at the firm third place of being the best-selling female artist of all time.
Mariah Carey Relationships: Who Has She Dated?
Mariah Carey has had a very turbulent love life and has dated numerous successful men. She was married to Mottola until they divorced in 1998. Then, Carey fell in love with Latin singer Luis Miguel. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long enough, and the two broke up in 2001.
Carey fell in love again with rapper and actor, Nick Cannon. The couple married in 2008 and welcomed twins Monroe and Moroccan in 2011. Things changed again in 2014 when the couple divorced after six years of marriage.
Carey found love again in 2016 when she got engaged to James Packer, but their relationship didn’t last. Recently, the singer has reportedly been involved with her backup dancer Bryan Tanaka. Here’s the string of her partners:
Tommy Mottola (1993-1998)
Luis Miguel (1998-2001)
Nick Cannon (2001-2014)
James Packer (2016-2017)
Bryan Tanaka (2017-present)
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Mariah Carey has a vocal span of five octaves – a feat that only a couple of singers have achieved. Carey admitted that she had bipolar II disorder in 2018, and she was hospitalized after surviving an emotional and physical breakdown in the early 2000s. The singer reached out for help and underwent treatment that saw her taking the medication regularly.
Carey isn’t only a singer. She’s also a philanthropist for The Fresh Air Fund that caters to disadvantaged children in New York City. The foundation provides free summer vacations to children with disadvantages. That aside, Carey is also the co-founder of Camp Mariah, the main initiative of the organization.
What’s next in her life remains to be seen, although we can safely say that Carey won’t be retiring from her music career any time soon. Stay tuned with The Shade Room to find out more about her.