Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Over the long haul of her music career, she has established her talent and has been referred to as the Songbird Supreme by the Guinness World Records. Having sold over 200 million albums worldwide, Mariah is one of the world’s best-selling female artists in the United States.
Mariah Carey Age and Biography
Mariah Carey was born on March 27, 1970, in Huntington, New York to father; Alfred Roy Carey who was African American of Afro-Venezuelan descent and his wife who was an opera singer and voice coach. Mariah’s parents got divorced when she was 3 and split custody of their three kids making Mariah and her brother Morgan live with their mother who had to struggle extra hard to take care of them.
At the age of 4, Carey turned to music as an escape from the neglect she suffered from her maternal family who disowned her mom because of her choice to marry a black man. Her interest in arts became apparent from the elementary school where she excelled in art-related subjects including music and literature. Her musical interests developed in high school where she began writing her own songs.
As a young adult, Mariah worked in restaurants in order to afford rent and support her music career. In an effort to get her demo tape across to record producers, she became friends with burgeoning pop singer Brenda K. Starr. Through Starr, Carey met with Columbia Records head, Tommy Mottola who signed her after listening to her demo and that was the beginning of many successes for Carey.
In 1991, Mariah released her debut eponymous album which was a massive hit. The album peaked atop the Billboard 200 maintaining the position for 11 consecutive weeks. It produced four chart-topping singles including Vision of Love for which bagged she bagged 2 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Other singles from the album are Love Takes Time, and Someday.
Though the commercial success of her sophomore album Emotions (1991) didn’t match the first, she bounced back with the release of Music Box in 1993. Music Box topped the Billboard 200 for weeks and produced the single Hero which made her gain more worldwide prominence especially in Europe.
Her 1994 Christmas album Merry Christmas was the best-selling Christmas album of all time and produced the single All I Want For Christmas Is You which was a worldwide hit. Daydream (1995) produced the hit single One Sweet Day ft Boyz II Men which topped the charts for a record 16 consecutive weeks to become the longest chart-topping single in US history. Mariah released 3 other albums with Columbia before signing a record-setting $100 million contract with Virgin Records in 2000.
Mariah suffered a period of decline in her music career in the early 2000’s after signing the contract with Virgin Records but bounced back with Emancipation of Mimi (2005) which was the best-selling album in the US. As at 2016, she had released a total of 14 studio albums.
For her contributions to the music industry, Mariah has won 5 Grammys, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Music Awards. Carey has been credited severally for her signature whistle register as well as her five-octave vocal range which has been an influence on many singers. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.
Films, Endorsements and Other Business Ventures
A lover of arts, Mariah ventured into acting making her debut feature in 1999 movie “The Bachelor”. She has since appeared in a handful of movies and has also taken up voice roles.
Carey turned down offers to endorse brands at the early stage of her career until 2006 when she endorsed Intel Centrino PCs. Her net worth can undoubtedly be linked to a host of lucrative endorsement deals, business ventures, and property holdings. Mariah has previously had partnerships with Pepsi, Motorolla and Elizabeth Arden.
Her line of fragrance “M” launched in 2007 with Elizabeth Arden earned her over $150 million. She owns a luxury collection on HSN which includes shoes, jewelry, and fragrances. Carey is an ambassador for weight loss company Jenny Craig.
Mariah Carey Net Worth
Carey earned around $96 million from all her endeavors between August 2014 and August 2015. But this is minute compared to how much she is really worth today. From the many hit songs she is known for to the millions of copies she has sold worldwide, Mariah is far from signing out anytime soon.
Currently, Mariah Carey’s net worth is estimated to be a whopping $535 million.
Mariah Carey Parents, Husband, Boyfriend, Kids
Mariah did not have an all rosy childhood and is not in close contact with her father Alfred Roy Carey who is African American of Afro-Venezuelan descent. Her mother Patricia who is of Irish descent was once an opera singer and a voice coach. The two eloped and got married in 1960 against the wishes of their parents when Alfred began making money from his job as an engineer. Patricia’s parents, in turn, disowned her for marrying a black man against their wishes. After three children together, the couple got divorced and Mariah and her brother had to stay with her mother, hence her closeness to her mother.
Mariah Carey has had romantic relationships with fellow high-profile celebrities. She married Columbia boss Tommy Mottola in 1993 and got divorced in 1997. Then she dated singer Luis Miguel from 1998 to 2001. In 2008, she married comedian and TV host Nick Cannon with whom she shares fraternal twins Moroccan and Monroe. The pair divorced in 2015. Shortly after the divorce was finalized, she began dating Australian billionaire James Packer and they got engaged in January 2016. The pair called it quits before they could make it down the aisle.
Carey’s marriage to Nick may not have lasted as long as we would have wanted, but the beautiful fraternal twins it produced is certainly something she would always cherish. Born on April 30, 2011, through a Cesarean section, Moroccan and Monroe seem to be their mother’s sole comfort from her many failed relationships. The two are very adorable and Mariah never misses an opportunity to show them off. They have on certain occasions performed with her on stage as they seem to be taking after their mothers love for music quite well.