Mariah Carey Biography: Age, Songs, Husband, Net Worth, Albums, Children, Birthday, Parents, Boyfriend, Ethnicity

Mariah Carey Biography: Age, Songs, Husband, Net Worth, Albums, Children, Birthday, Parents, Boyfriend, Ethnicity

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Biography

Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969) is an iconic and celebrated American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She is one of the most successful musical artists of all time, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide. 

Mariah Carey has had five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart and has achieved 19 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She is the only artist in history to have a No. 1 single every year of the 1990s.

Mariah Carey has won five Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, and two World Music Awards. She has also been nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Mariah Carey
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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Mariah Carey
Born: 27 March 1970 (age 52 years old)
Place of Birth: Huntington, New York, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.73 m
Parents: Alfred Roy Carey, Patricia Carey
Siblings: Alison Carey, Morgan Carey
Husband • Spouse: Nick Cannon (m. 2008–2016), Tommy Mottola (m. 1993–1998)
Boyfriend • Partner: Christian Monzon (2005-2006), James Packer (2016), Mark Sudack (2003-2005), Eric Benét (2000-2003), Luis Miguel (1999-2001), Marcus Schenkenberg (1998-1999), Derek Jeter (1997-1998), Jay-Z, Matt Dillon, Grant Hill, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel
Children: Moroccan Scott Cannon, Monroe Cannon
Occupation: Singer • Actress
Net Worth: $320 million

Early Life

Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, New York, United States, on March 27, 1969. The song inspired her name, They Call the Wind Maria, which was first performed in the 1951 Broadway musical Paint Your Wagon

She is the youngest of three children born to Patricia Carey, an Irish-born former opera singer and vocal instructor, and Alfred Roy Carey, an African-American and black Venezuelan-American aeronautical engineer.

Her Venezuelan grandpa, Francisco Nez, acquired Carey‘s surname after emigrating to New York. Patricia Carey‘s family disowned her because she married a black man. The Carey family could not integrate into their neighborhood due to racial tensions.

Their neighbors poisoned the family dog and set fire to their car while they resided in Huntington. Mariah Carey had limited contact with her father after her parent’s divorce, and her mother worked multiple jobs to maintain the family.

Mariah Carey spent most of her time alone at home and began singing at three, often emulating her mother’s Italian rendition of Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. Alison CareyMariah Carey‘s older sister, moved in with their father, while Morgan Carey and Mariah Carey lived with their mother.

Education

Mariah Carey excelled in the arts, such as music and writing, during her early school years. She began writing poems and lyrics while a student at Greenlawn’s Harborfields High School, where she graduated in 1987.

Mariah Carey began vocal training under her mother’s instruction. Patricia Carey, a classically trained opera singer, never pushed her daughter to pursue a career in classical opera. She recounted, “I’ve never been a pushy mother. Give it more of an operatic flair,” she never suggested.

I adore opera, but it has did not affect me.” Mariah Carey was frequently absent from high school due to her profession as a demo vocalist, earning her the nickname Mirage from her classmates.

Mariah Carey‘s involvement in the Long Island music scene allowed her to collaborate with musicians like Gavin Christopher and Ben Margulies, with whom she co-wrote material for her demo tape.

She moved to New York City and worked part-time to pay the rent while attending beauty school for 500 hours. Mariah Carey shared a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan with four other female students. She became a backup singer for freestyle artist Brenda K. Starr.

Personal Life

Mariah Carey met Tommy Mottola while recording Mariah Carey, and they married on June 5, 1993, in a half-million-dollar ceremony at Saint Thomas Church in New York City.

The newlyweds moved into Sing Sing, a custom-built home on a 51-acre estate in Bedford, New York, hinting at her feeling imprisoned there. Mariah Carey began to focus on her personal life with the publication of Daydream and the fame that followed, which was a daily struggle at the time.

Their relationship began to disintegrate due to their developing creative differences in her music and Tommy Mottola‘s dominating personality. 

On May 30, 1997, they announced their separation, and after their divorce was finalized, Tommy Mottola remarried on December 2, 2000. Their home was sold for $20.5 million to Nelson Peltz in 1998 and burned down in 1999.

From 1998 to 2001, Mariah Carey was in a relationship with singer Luis Miguel. She met actor and comedian Nick Cannon on an island off the coast of Antigua while filming the music video for her song Bye Bye. They married in the Bahamas on April 30, 2008.

Mariah Carey had a miscarriage the same year. On April 30, 2011, she gave birth to her fraternal twins, Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon, through Caesarean delivery at 35 weeks.

In 2015, Mariah Carey began dating Australian billionaire James Packer, and on January 21, 2016, she announced they were engaged. By October, however, they had called off the engagement. In October 2016, she began dating American choreographer Bryan Tanaka.

Mariah Carey has dated Christian Monzon (2005-2006), James Packer (2016), Mark Sudack (2003-2005), Eric Benét (2000-2003), Luis Miguel (1999-2001), Marcus Schenkenberg (1998-1999), Derek Jeter (1997-1998), Jay-Z, Matt Dillon, Grant Hill, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel.

Career

Mariah Carey accompanied Brenda K. Starr to a CBS record executives’ banquet in December 1988, where she gave her demo tape to Tommy Mottola, the head of Columbia Records. He demanded that the driver turn back after listening to the audio on the way home. She had already left the gathering and spent two weeks seeking her in what has been described as a modern-day Cinderella story.

Another record label expressed interest, resulting in a bidding battle. Tommy Mottola signed Mariah Carey to Columbia and brought in prominent producers Ric Wake, Narada Michael Walden, and Rhett Lawrence. Columbia positioned Mariah Carey as the primary female performer on their list, competing with Arista‘s Whitney Houston and Sire Records’ Madonna.

Mariah Carey made her first public appearance on June 5, 1990, at the NBA Finals, performing America the Beautiful. The piercing whistle note near the song’s end prompted CBS Sports anchor Pat O’Brien to proclaim, “The palace now has a queen.”

Columbia spent more than $1 million promoting Mariah Carey‘s debut studio album. Following her exposure at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards, where she won Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her hit Vision of Love, the album finally topped the Billboard 200 for eleven consecutive weeks.

The singles Vision of Love, Love Takes Time, Someday, and I Don’t Wanna Cry from the album all charted at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100. Mariah Carey‘s album was best-selling in the United States in 1991, selling 15 million copies worldwide.

Mariah Carey co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded her second studio album, Emotions, the following year. She described the song as an ode to Motown soul music, and she enlisted the assistance of Walter Afanasieff, who had just a minor involvement on her debut, and Robert Clivillés and David Cole from the dance group C+C Music Factory.

Mariah Carey‘s friendship with Ben Margulies soured due to a disagreement over songwriting payments. The songwriting pair split up after he filed a lawsuit against Columbia’s parent corporation, Sony.

On September 17, 1991, Emotions was released. The title track, the album’s debut single, earned Mariah Carey‘s fifth Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper, making her the first artist whose first five singles reached the top of the list.

Though critics complimented the album’s substance and regarded it as a more mature effort, it was panned for being calculated and lacking in originality. While the album sold eight million copies worldwide, Emotions fell short of its predecessor’s commercial and critical success.

Net Worth

Mariah Carey is estimated to be worth $320 million. She is one of the most successful singers of all time, with hits like All I Want for Christmas Is You and We Belong Together

She has also appeared in films and television shows. In addition to her singing career, Mariah Carey has also made significant money through her business ventures.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @Mariahcarey
  • Twitter handle: @Mariahcarey

Discography

  • Mariah Carey
  • Emotions
  • Music Box 
  • Merry Christmas
  • Daydream 
  • Butterfly 
  • Rainbow 
  • Glitter
  • Charmbracelet 
  • The Emancipation of Mimi 
  • E=MC²
  • Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel 
  • Merry Christmas II You 
  • Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse 
  • Caution 

Filmography

  • The Bachelor 
  • WiseGirls 
  • Death of a Dynasty 
  • State Property 2 
  • Tennessee 
  • You Don’t Mess with the Zohan 
  • Precious 
  • The Butler



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