Mariah Angela Carey or best known as Mariah Carey is an American pop diva who is famous for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style as well as the useage of the whistle register. She holds the records for most No. 1 debuts in ‘Billboard Hot 100’ history and has won 5 Grammy Awards, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Music Awards. Here are some other facts you might not know about Mariah Carey:
  1. She was born to an Irish-American mother, Patricia Hickey, and an African-American/Venezuelan father, Alfred Roy Carey.
  2. Her mother was a mezzo-soprano New York City opera singer and a freelance vocal coach; while her father was an aeronautical engineer.
  3. When she grew up, she was neglected by her maternal family because they disowned her mother due to marrying a black man.
  4. People would do something bad to her family, which was a target for multiracial roots such as burning crosses on their lawn, poisoning their dogs, shooting fire through the kitchen window during dinner, etc.
  5. When she was two, she shocked her mom by imitating her singing operas. She then had her first voice lesson at the age of 4.
  6. In high school, she was called ‘Mirage’ since she cut class so soften.
  7. She studied cosmetology in Manhattan.
  8. Before being famous, she worked several odd jobs to support herself, such as a hat/coat-checker, hostess, hair sweeper in hairdressing salons, and waitress. 
  9. She started her singing career as a backup singer for Brenda K. Starr, an American singer and songwriter who is well known for her 1980s work with freestyle music.
  10. She rose to fame after she got a contract with Columbia Records and released her first single ‘Vision of Love’on May 15, 1990. 
  11. She married the president of Columbia Records, Tommy Mottola, in 1993 but they separated in 1998.
  12. In 2008, she married her second husband, actor/comedian Nick Cannon. They met while they were shooting a music video "Bye Bye". Soon after the marriage, she became pregnant but she unfortunately had a miscarriage. She kept it secret until 2010 when she announced her second pregnancy with twins. Carey and Cannon welcomed the twin Monroe and Moroccan via c-section in April 2011. 
  13. Monroe Cannon was named after Marilyn Monroe, Carey's favorite actress, while Moroccan Cannon was named after the location in which Cannon proposed Carey in her Moroccan-style room.
  14. In 2000, she left Columbia and singed a $100 million recording contract with Virgin Records.
  15. "One Sweet Day", her song with Boys II Men, holds the record for being the longest running number one song in history after spending 16 weeks on the Billboard 100.
  16. She has more number one hit singles than Elvis Presley while The Beatles are the only artists ahead of her in that category.
  17. She always labels her albums, videos, photographs, and clothing with butterflies.
  18. She was awarded "Worst Actress" by The Razzie Award for her role in "Glitter" (2001).
  19. In 2000, she started calling her loved ones, friends and fans as "Lambily" which originated as a term of endearment but some have speculated that it refers to her fans acting like a lamb by following the leader. 
  20. She is the co-founder of a camp located in Fishkill, New York and set up Camp Mariah.

Mariah Carey's Biography

Name: Mariah Carey

Date of Birth:  March 27, 1969 or 1970

Place of Birth: Huntington, New York, U.S.

Zodiac: Aries

Occupation(s): Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record producer


Father: Alfred Roy Carey

Mother: Patricia Hickey

  • Tommy Mottola (m. 1993; div. 1998)
  • Nick Cannon (m. 2008; div. 2016)

The twin Moroccan Scott Cannon (son) and Monroe Cannon (daughter) born on April 30. 2011

  • 1990 Mariah Carey 
  • 1991 Emotions 
  • 1993 Music Box 
  • 1994 Merry Christmas 
  • 1995 Daydream 
  • 1997 Butterfly 
  • 1999 Rainbow 
  • 2001 Glitter 
  • 2002 Charmbracelet 
  • 2005 The Emancipation of Mimi 
  • 2008 E=MC² 
  • 2009 Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel 
  • 2010 Merry Christmas II You 
  • 2014 Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse 

  • 1999 The Bachelor as Ilana
  • 2001 Glitter as Billie Frank
  • 2002 WiseGirls as Raychel
  • 2003 Death of a Dynasty as Herself (Cameo appearance)
  • 2005 State Property 2 as Dame's Wifey
  • 2008 Tennessee as Krystal
  • 2008 You Don't Mess with the Zohan as Herself (Cameo appearance)
  • 2009 Precious as Mrs. Weiss
  • 2013 The Butler as Hattie Pearl
  • 2015 A Christmas Melody as Melissa
  • 2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping  as Herself (Cameo appearance)
  • 2016 The Keys of Christmas (Cameo appearance)
  • 2017 The Lego Batman Movie as Mayor McCaskill

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