Mariah Carey’s Biography – The Diva
Mariah Carey was born Mariah Angela Carey on March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, United States. He is the youngest of three children from Alfred Roy Carey, an aviation engineer of Afro-Venezuelan descent, and Patricia Carey, an Irish opera singer. Saudianana named Morgan Carey and Alison Carey. While living in Huntington, Mariah and her family were victims of the cruelty of racist neighbors. Allegedly these neighbors poisoned their dogs and burned their cars.
At the third age, his parents divorced and Mariah followed his mother. Since then Mariah almost never met her father, until 2002 she was reunited (where her father also died of cancer that year).
After divorce, Mariah’s mother had to work on several jobs to support the family. He also taught Mariah to sing since her third year began when Mariah imitated her mother practicing Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto in Italian. Mariah attends Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York. His school friends nicknamed him “Mirage” because he was often absent because of his odd jobs as a demo singer at several local recording studios. After graduating, Mariah moved to New York City, New York. He later became a background singer for Brenda K. Starr, a Freestyle singer from Puerto Rico.
Since childhood, Mariah Carey has been inspired by R & B and Soul musicians such as Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, and Aretha Franklin. His music is also quite influenced by Gospel music and his favorite Gospel musicians such as The Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, and Edwin Hawkins. Mariah admitted that she also grew up with Hip hop music and her favorite rappers like The Sugarhill Gang, Eric B. & Rakim, the Wu-Tang Clan, The Notorious B.I.G. and Mobb Deep.
His vocal and musical quality, along with his popularity, made Mariah Carey often match up with divas like Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. But unlike Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, Mariah Carey wrote her songs from the beginning of her career until now.
Mariah Carey is known for her extraordinary reach and vocal strength. He is able to have a high vocal range of up to 5 octaves in the whistle register technique. Singer Minnie Riperton is his inspiration in using the technique. Uniquely, the type of voice is actually very low. Therefore Mariah Carey can master very low to very high notes.
The uniqueness of Mariah Carey’s voice is a rare talent. MTV and Blender magazine in the “22 Best Sounds in Music” based on polls, put Mariah in the first place with the best voice. His ability to play the tone in the melissa technique is also often praised by music critics aside from his unique and sweet, hoarse, wet voice.
During a party, 1988, Mariah met then Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola. Brenda gave a demo tape of Mariah. After the party ended, Tommy listened to the recording and was very interested in Mariah’s voice. Tommy returned to the party location but Mariah had left the place. Even so, Tommy managed to sign him to sing at the record company. For the public, this story seems to be similar to the story of Cinderella.
Mariah wrote songs for Mariah Carey’s debut album, most of which she wrote with Ben Margulies. But Mariah and Ben Margulies were not allowed to produce the songs. This caused disappointment for Mariah. By Tommy, this album was made too similar to Whitney Houston’s debut (where it was also criticized similar to Whitney’s debut album, Whitney Houston) for mere commercial interests. Tommy and the producer on the recording also told Mariah to write a more melancholic song that was not in accordance with what Mariah actually wanted. W
Even though this album was released in 1990, it was a success in America. Singles such as “Vision of Love”, “Love Takes Time”, “Someday”, and “I Don’t Want Cry” managed to rank number one on the Billboard. This album made Mariah win 2 Grammy Award trophies, “Best Newcomer” and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” for “Vision of Love”. A vision of Love was dubbed the “Magna Carta of Melisma” because this song became the first song to popularize the tone playing technique called “Melisma” into the world of R & B music. Even Beyonce and Christina Aguilera singers were very inspired by this song. Mariah Carey’s Melisma later became popular and mimicked the R & B stars after that to American Idol contestants.
Mariah released her second album, Emotions (1991), which spawned a hit single “Emotions”, which also topped the Billboard charts in 1991. On this album, Mariah was allowed to produce all her songs, and she collaborated with Walter Afanasieff and C + C Music Factory. Even so, music critics are very critical of Emotions, most of them feel Mariah’s high voice is fake, but because of the results of the effects of the studio, especially on the song “Emotions” itself. Tired of criticizing his voice, Mariah finally appeared on MTV Unplugged in 1992.
Critics who initially doubted his high voice, finally believed that the high notes Mariah produced were genuine. In the event, Mariah sang the song from The Jacksons 5, “I’ll Be There” with the background singer, Trey Lorenz. Mariah released the compilation album EP MTV Unplugged (1992) and the single “I’ll Be There” finished number one on the Billboard.