best remembered for her astounding success throughout the 90's,
when a rare five-octave vocal range brought almost overnight success.
very first single, Vision of Love, was quicklyfollowed
by hit after hit with such chartbusters as Love Takes Time,
I Don't Want to Cry, Dreamlover, Hero, and Always Be My Baby.
with an almost fatal combination of personal setbacks and hard
luck, the close of the 90's decade also put a temporary cap on her career.
youngest child of three siblings, Mariah Carey was born March
27, 1970 in Huntington, Long Island in New York. Her mother of
Irish descent, and father of Venezuelan-African descent, were
later divorced, which left the family struggling financially -
and Mariah dreaming of hitting it big with her extraordinary voice,
recognized as such by her family when Mariah was only three. Although
she eventually took her diploma, most of Carey's high school years
were spent trying to jump-start a recording career.
breaking through as a backup singer, a fateful encounter at age
20 with future husband, Tommy
Mottola, would later change her life forever. Mesmerized by
a demo tape that the singer gave him at a party, the Columbia
label music producer later tracked Carey down and, as the story
goes, immediately signed her to a recording contract.
Skyrocketing Rise, and Fall
went on to become the only musical artist to have a No. 1 single
every year in the 1990's and, to date, retains the title of biggest
selling female artist in recording history.
a much-publicized divorce from Tommy Mottola in 1998 was later
followed by a slow decline in popularity - as critics charged
the singer with creating formula hits for an increasingly disenchanted
tarnishing Carey's reputation was her bid for movie stardom in
2001 with an almost universally panned appearance in Glitter,
a box office disaster. After a notoriously strange appearance
on MTV's Total Request Live, she was admitted to a hospital
suffering from physical
and emotional exhaustion and announced she was taking a break
enjoyed renewed superstar status with her aptly
titled album, The Emancipation of Mimi (her nickname) and
received widespread critical acclaim for signature power ballads
and club hits in collaborations with hip-hop stars Nelly,
West, Twista and Jermain Dupri.
In 2005, Carey
scored her 16th career number one single on Billboard's Hot 100
with We Belong Together and according
to USA Today, her latest effort reflected "the renewed
confidence of a songbird who has taken her shots and kept on flying."
full "pop diva" mode, Carey was a featured performer
at the BET
Awards, and her hit We Belong Together was up for two
nominations at the 2005 MTV
Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best R&B
Video. She also walked off with trophies at the
Music Awards, and won for Best R&B Vocal Performance at
Awards in 2006.
the release of her long-awaited new album, E=MC² in April 2008,
rumors buzzed the Web that the curvaceous singer had married video
co-star Nick Cannon in a secret
wedding ceremony, later confirmed on nationwide television
on the Oprah Winfrey show when the talk show host previewed People
pictures of the newlyweds following their ceremony.
The following year, Carey was back on the Hollywood set in a minor but memorable role as a social worker in Precious for which she garnered rave reviews.
In 2011, on her third wedding anniversary to Nick Cannon, Carey gave birth to twins named Monroe and Moroccan (the couple would later divorce in 2015.).
The following year, it was announced that the singer would be joining the judging panel on the hit reality competition show, American Idol (a stint that Carey later recalled as "the worst experience of my life.") Meanwhile, Carey was also back in the recording studio for her 14th studio album released in May 2013.
" #1 to Infinity" is a compilation of greatest hits released in 2015. Later in the year, Carey headed to Las Vegas to headline a show of the same name at the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
More about Mariah Carey around the Web:
Carey.com - The official site featuring the latest news,
tour schedule, video and audio clips and downloads, a picture
gallery of childhood, career and fan photos, message board, online
store, fan club details.
Mariah Carey Archives - Wall-to-wall news about the pop
diva including biography, discography, message board, and what
may be the largest link list to the star anywhere.
- Mariah Carey - Complete bio, discography, audio and
video clips, ringtones, photo gallery and the latest news stories
on the singer's career.
Carey Lyrics - Lyrics on Demand - Extensive directory
of Mariah Carey lyrics by album including Emancipation of Mimi,
Remixes, Charmbracelet, Glitter, Rainbow, Butterfly, Daydream,
as well as her complete No. 1 hits.