Talented singer Mariah Carey and her high pitches are all you need after a very rough day. Mariah and her beautiful smile not only won many hearts but inspired so many with her uniqueness and sassiness in the 2000s. She won the world’s affection from the very beginning of her career up till this moment. Like her voice, there is something peculiar about her life that often raises curiosity among her sympathizers. Here are lesser known facts about the singer.
Mariah Carey Bio, Age
She was born on March 27, 1970, in Huntington, New York, the USA to her parents Patricia Carey her mother and Alfred Roy Carey her father. Music was her life. She would skip classes in school to write songs and was inspired by her mother who was a vocal trainer to become one herself. Seeing his sister’s zeal and determination, Her older brother Morgan footed the bills for her first recording session while she was still a student of Harborfields High School. She was determined to make music after high school in 1987, but life was not as easy as Mariah Carey anticipated. In other to make ends meet she took different odd jobs and worked tirelessly to keep body and soul together. Things got better as time went on and Mariah and her family later moved to a more elevated part of New York, which was where her career officially started.
The singer and songwriter was first signed to Colombia records in 1987 and released her debut eponymous album ‘Mariah Carey’. The album which had four hit singles “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Some Day,” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry.” shot Carey to prominence, earning her lots of recognition and accolades. She released another album ‘Emotions’ in 1991 which was another hit. In 1995, many singles by the singer followed. Her first single “Fantasy” was released and it included R&B and hip-hop artists like Wu-Tang Clan and Boyz II Men. More singles like ‘Endless Love’ and ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ also followed with Mariah Carey winning more hearts and breaking boundaries. In 1998 she did a world-class duet with legendary singer Whitney Houston ‘When You Believe’ a song which was for the animated movie Prince of Egypt. Mariah went on to release more albums and singles which formed the pedestal on which her blossoming career stands.
Mariah who has released over 12 studio albums and has sold over 200 million records is still in the business of making more.
Her Net Worth, Achievements
The vocalist, songwriter and record producer has an enviable net worth estimated at $535 million. A pool of wealth surrounds the singer who has income flowing in from all angles. Selling over 200 million records across the globe she has been described as the third best-selling musician by some platforms. As of 2007, the singer’s net worth was estimated at $225 million by Forbes. This was only a year before her eight album “E=mc2” was released. The said album which included hit track ‘Touch my body’ pushed her into the category of legendary performers like The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Her first album Mariah Carey which was a smashing hit grossed up to 15 million, which exceeded expectations and paved way for more progress. Another album which exceeded expectations is “Music Box” which grossed 28,000,000 certified units/sales. Carey has as her accolades, five Grammy awards, up to 12 Billboard awards and tons of other awards and nominations.
Family – Parents, Sister
If you have been wondering how the legendary singer got her out of the world voice or how she is able to pitch higher than a sounding trumpet, you should know that Mariah was born to a voice trainer. It may have been hereditary or a matter of training but Mariah got her powers from her mother Patricia a voice coach and opera singer. At a very young age of two, she would watch closely and learn her mother’s operatic singing. Seeing the passion in her daughter, her mother started giving her singing lessons. And Mariah, a fast and enthusiastic learner picked up fast. She soon developed a voice that could pitch up to five octaves.
Three years after Mariah was born her parents got divorced. Mariah then grew up with her mother and her two older siblings; Morgan, her elder brother and Alison her elder sister. Growing up with her mum alone, a strong bond was formed between them, and Mariah as well developed a strong admiration for her mother which explains why she toed the line of the voice coach.
Her sister, on the other hand, is not as fortunate as her. There have been reports that Alison Carey the sister of the pop star is drowning in wretchedness on the sidelines of life. Alison suffers from HIV and has been a drug addict, as well as a sex worker for years. The oldest Carey daughter revealed experiencing a traumatic childhood filled with sexual abuse, and assault, factors that led her to her reckless life. According to her, she was taken to occult gatherings where she was sexually abused by worshippers in the presence of a relative who approved of it.
Alison has succeeded in staying clean recently but is not in good shape as she is financially dry and cannot afford her basic needs. Sources have claimed that the singer who is swimming in wealth is less concerned about the well being of her older sister. This has been backed by reported statements from her brother confirming the assumptions. But in another development, representatives of the melismatic singer have said that Mariah indeed has spent a great deal on her sister ranging from rehab stints, feeding and health care.
Married, Boyfriend, Kids
Mariah has a lot of stories to tell about her personal life. Keeping any relationship away from the media is definitely a big challenge for a female celebrity with such a blossoming and successful carer.
In 1993, Carey was first married to Tommy Mottola whom she started dating during the making of her ‘Music Box’ album. The couple however split after four years of marriage, on grounds of incompatibility. She then dated singer Luis Miguel from 1998 to 2001.
She married American rapper, actor and comedian Nick Cannon in April 2008. The couple welcomed twins – Moroccan and Monroe in 2011. They, however, went their separate ways in 2016.
Height, Weight, Measurements
Mariah Carey stands at a height of 5 ft 9″ (175 cm) and has a proportional weight of 62 kg (137 pounds). She is known for her curvaceous and well-shaped body which she loves to flaunt in her sultry fashion style. Her feet fit into size 9.5 (US) and she has a body stats of 38-27-35.