Mariah Carey was born March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, to Alfred Roy Carey, a Venezuelan aeronautical engineer; and Patricia Carey, a voice coach and opera singer. Her parents divorced when she was 3 years old. She stunned her mother by imitating her operatic singing as early as age two, and was given singing lessons starting at age four.
At 18 she signed with Columbia records, and her first album had four No. 1 singles, including “Vision of Love” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry.” In March 1992, Carey appeared on MTV’s Unplugged. This performance was released as an album and a home video, resulting in another No. 1 single (a cover of The Jacksons’ “I’ll Be There”).
Her next album Music Box (1993) cut back a bit on the lavish studio production techniques heard in her previous albums, and included the No. 1 singles, “Dream lover” and “Hero.” Her November 1994 release Merry Christmas combined traditional Christian hymns with new songs.
In June 1993, Carey married Mottola in a spectacular ceremony at Manhattan’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The couple divorced in 1998. Carey then dated Latin singer Luis Miguel for three years, but their relationship reportedly ended in the summer of 2001.
She married rapper, actor Nick Cannon on April 30, 2008, in a secret ceremony in the Bahamas. Throughout her career, Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 1998, she was honoured as the world’s best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards.
During the spring of 1999, Carey began working on the final album of her record contract with Sony, her ex-husband’s label. During this time, Carey’s strained relationship with Sony affected her work with writing partner Afanasieff, who had worked extensively with Carey throughout the first half of her career.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, she is the third-best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 million certified albums.
In 2002, Carey was cast in the independent film, WiseGirls, alongside Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters, who co-starred as waitresses at a mobster-operated restaurant.
It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and received generally negative critical response, though Carey’s portrayal of the character was praised; Roger Friedman of Fox News referred to her as “a Thelma Ritter for the new millennium”, and wrote, “Her line delivery is sharp and she manages to get the right laughs”.
Later that year, Carey performed the American national anthem to rave reviews at the Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2009, she appeared as a social worker in Precious, the movie adaptation of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, as had Carey’s performance.
Carey’s first Christmas record was out in 1994 titled “Merry Christmas”.Carey slowed down after announcing she and her hubby announced they were expecting their first child in 2010. She gave birth to daughter and son twins, Monroe and Moroccan, in 2011 via C-section.