Mariah Carey – Musical Success, Husband & Family Members

Age/Date of Birth:
March 27, 1969 or 1970
5 feet, 8 inches(1.73 meters)
African-American and Afro-Venezuelan lineage
Husband or Boyfriend:

Bryan Tanaka
Parents:Father: Alfred Roy
Mother: Patricia Roy (née Hickey)
Net Worth:$320 million

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 300 million albums worldwide, Mariah is one of the world’s best-selling female artists in the United States.

Contrary to what many may be thinking, Mariah Carey did not start off rosy. Although she started exhibiting music talents as early four years old and started writing her own songs as of high school, Carey had to work in restaurants as a young adult to afford rent and support her budding music career.

Luck however, shined on Carey when 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. Tommy eventually signed her after listening to her demo, and that was the beginning of many successes for the pop singer.

Mariah Carey Hit Massive Success from Her Debut

Carey released her debut eponymous album in 1991 to massive success. The album which turned out an immediate hit peaked atop Billboard 200, maintaining the position for eleven consecutive weeks. It produced four chart-topping singles including “Vision of Love” for which bagged she bagged two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Other singles from the album are Love Takes Time, and Someday.

Mariah Carey

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 Billboard 200 for weeks and produced the single Hero which earned Careh more worldwide prominence especially in Europe.

Merry Christmas and Other Successful Albums

In 1994, Mariah Carey released Merry Christmas . Just like her initial albums, the collection turned out a massive hit. Its success however, surpassed those of Carey’s preceding albums. It produced the world-wide hit single, All I Want For Christmas Is You, and went ahead to become the best-selling Christmas album of all time. The album would later win three records in Guinness World Records in 2019.

Following Merry Christmas, Mariah released Daydream (1995). The also successful album produced the hit single, One Sweet Day ft Boyz II Men which topped the charts for a record 16 consecutive weeks, becoming the longest chart-topping single in US history. Following this, Mariah Carey released three other albums with Columbia before signing a record-setting $100 million contract with Virgin Records in 2000.

Although Mariah suffered a period of decline in her music career in the early 2000’s after signing the contract with Virgin Records, she bounced back with Emancipation of Mimi in 2005 which attained a best-selling status in the US. The pop diva has since dished out five more successful albums including E=MC² (2008) and Caution (2018), among others. E=MC² which produced the hit single “Touch My Body” received RIAA’s platinum and sold over a million copies in the US.

As of 2018, Carey has 15 studio albums to her credit, most of which recorded remarkable success.

Mariah Carey’s Awards and Honours

Mariah Carey holds the reputation of being a multiple award winner. For her exceptional contributions to the music industry, Mariah has won a total of 337 awards out of 377 nominations as of 2020. Impressive right? Very notable among theses hundreds of awards are 5 Grammys, 19 World Music Awards, 21 Billboard Awards, and 11 American Music Awards.

Mariah Carey

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 has also built a family of fans popularly known as the “lambily”. In addition to awards, she has been inducted into a number of Halls of Fame. In 2015, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Her Acting Career and other Ventures

A lover of arts, Mariah ventured into acting, making her debut feature in The Bachelor (1999). She has since appeared in several movies and has also taken up voice roles. For her outstanding performances as an actress, Mariah Careh has received a number of film awards including NAACP’s Breakthrough Performance Award.

Aside from music and film, Mariah Carey has tried her heands in a few other business ventures. She has closed endorsement deals with numerous brands starting with Intel Centrino PCs in 2006. Other brands she has since partnered with include Pepsi, Motorolla and Elizabeth Arden. Her line of fragrance “M” launched in 2007 with Elizabeth Arden and earned her over $150 million. She also owns a luxury collection on HSN which includes shoes, jewelry, and fragrances. Carey is as well an ambassador for weight loss company Jenny Craig. The performing artist also has lucrative property holdings.

How Much Is Mariah Carey’s 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 millions of hit records she has sold worldwide to other lucrative ventures, Mariah Carey’s net worth stands between $320 and $520 million as of 2020.

Mariah Carey

Who Are Mariah Carey’s Parents?

Mariah Carey was born on March 27, 1970, in Huntington, New York to Alfred Roy Carey and his wife, Patricia Carey (nee Hickey). Her father, Alfred was African-American with Afro-Venezuelan descent and worked as an aeronautical engineer. Her mother on the other hand is of Irish origin and worked as an opera singer and voice coach. They have three children with Mariah being the youngest.

Unfortunately, Mariah’s parents Alfred and Patricia who married in 1960 divorced in 1973 when she was just three years old. Their union had succumbed to the series of intense discrimination from family and society over their being a biracial couple. The divorce terms had them split custody of their three children, with Mariah and her brother going to their mum. Things became really hard thenceforth as Patricia’s parents had earlier disowned her for marrying a black. She had eloped with Alfred and married him secretly without her family’s consent. Now without the much-needed support of her family, Patricia had to struggle extra hard to take care of her kids all alone.

image source L-R: Mariah as a young adult with her father Alfred and with her mom as a child

Although Mariah Carey had no close relationship with her dad during her childhood days, she later reunited with him as a young adult before he died of cancer in 2002.

Mariah is however, very close to her mother from whom she picked her musical talents from a very early age. It was actually her mum who named her Mariah, a name she took from the popular American song, “They Call the Wind Maria”. By the time Mariah turned four, she turned to music as an escape from the neglect she suffered from her maternal family. Born in 1937, Mariah’s mum, Patricia is in her eighties.

Meet Carey’s Ex-Husbands and Boyfriends

Mariah Carey has had romantic relationships with fellow high-profile celebrities, some of whom she ended up tying the knot with. Speaking in a July 9, 2019 interview with the Cosmopolitan, Mariah made it clear she has been with only five men in her life and they are:

Tommy Motola

image source Mariah and Mottola

Not long after landing her debut recording contract with the Columbia label, Mariah Carey began dating her boss, Tommy Motola. Motola is an American music producer/executive and a longtime CEO of Columbia Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. He however, later founded his own record label, the Mottola Media Group.

Carey married Mottola in 1993, precisely on the 5th of June. Unfortunately, Tommy and Mariah began having issues in their marriage after the latter began tasting the massive fame and success that greeted her music career. Apart from their growing creative differences, Mottola could not continue being in control as he initially did before Mariah hit stardom. As a result, their union began to deteriorate and they separated in May, 1997. The estranged couple eventually divorced in 2000 immediately after which Mottola married Mexican singer, Ariadna Thalia. By then, Carey was dating Luis Miguel.

During her recent Cosmopolitan interview, Carey described her marriage to Mottola as very controlled and “like being a prisoner”.

Luis Miguel

image source Mariah and Miguel

Following her separation from Tommy Mottola, Mariah Carey hooked up with Mexican/Latin pop singer, Luis Miguel. The duo met late in 1998 in Aspen when both of them coincidentally went on a vacation in the lovely city of Colorado. They were connected by their housing agents who were friends.

Mariah’s affair with Luis eventually ended in 2001. They reportedly split up because Carey wanted kids but Miguel didn’t.

Nick Cannon

image source Carey and Cannon

Mariah Carey met Nick Cannon in 2008 while they both filmed the video for her E=MC² single, “Bye Bye”. Nick is an American rapper, comedian and TV personality. He is popular for hosting several television shows including The Nick Cannon Show, America’s Got Talent, and The Masked Singer.

Despite their ten-year age gap, Carey married Cannon (b. 1980) not long after they began dating. The duo tied the knot on the 30th of April 2008 in the Bahamas, precisely at Carey’s private estate on Windemere Island.

The union however, unfortunately came crashing in 2014 when the couple separated and filed for a divorce, and despite a brief reunion in 2015, they eventually finalized the application in 2016.

James Packer

image source Carey and Packer

Shortly after the divorce was finalized, she began dating James Packer. Packer is an Australian businessman and investor of billionaire status. He was a former executive chairman of PBL – Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.

Carey and Packer got engaged in January 2016. The pair, however, never made it down the aisle as they called it quits in October of the dame year. James has since described the relationship as a mistake.

Bryan Tanaka

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Carey began dating Bryan Tanaka in October 2016. Tanaka is an American choreography who previously worked as her backup dancer. Mariah first introduced Bryan to the public in an episode of her E! docu-series, Mariah’s World.

Mariah and Bryan’s relationship has been plagued with breakup rumours. The pop diva, however, continues to make moves that suggest they are still very much a thing. One of them is an intimate birthday post she recently dished out on Instagram.

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Happy birthday @bryantanaka 🥳❤️🐯

A post shared by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on

Mariah Carey’s Kids – Who Are They?

Mariah Carey’s marriage to Nick Cannon 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. With cannon, Carey welcomed a set of fraternal twins in 2011. The twins were delivered preterm (35 weeks) through Cesarean section on their parents’ (third) wedding anniversary – April 30.

The boy and girl twins were respectively named Moroccan and Monroe. While Carey named the girl Monroe after late showbiz icon, Marilyn Monroe who she greatly adores, Cannon named the boy Moroccan after Carey’s Moroccan-style room wherein he proposed to her. The ex-couple share custody of the two adorable kids.

The lovely twins who seem to be Carey’s only comfort from her many failed relationships are already taking after her love for music. She never misses an opportunity to show them off and have on several occasions performed on stage with them. They turned 9 in 2020 and Carey took to Instagram to celebrate the double bundle.

Profile Summary 
First Name:Mariah
Last Name:Carey
Also Known As:
The Voice, Mirage, Mimi, Songbird, MC
Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Actress, Entrepreneur
Famous For:Carey is famous for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Florida Atlantic University
Educational Qualifications:
She studied Cosmotology
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
March 27, 1969 or 1970
Zodiac Sign:Aries
Birth Place:
Huntington, New York
She is of African-American and Afro-Venezuelan lineage
Country of Residence:
United States of America
Physical Attributes
5 feet, 8 inches(1.73 meters)
76 kg or 167.5 pounds
Eye Colour:
Dark brown
Hair Color:
caramel with a golden blond in the hair ends
Other Body Measurements:
Bust: 38 inches
Hip: 27 inches
Waist: 35 inches
Marital Status:
Previously married: Tommy Mottola(June 5, 1993-December 2, 2000)
Nick Cannon(April 30, 2008- December 12, 2014)
Family and Relatives
Alfred Roy
Mother:Patricia Roy (née Hickey)
Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon both born on April 30, 2011
Siblings:Allison Carey (Sister), Morgan Carey (Brother)
Other Relatives:
Addie Carey (Grandmother)
John Wesley Hickey (Grandfather)
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$320 million
Salary:$18 million
Source of Wealth:
Her music career

Your Questions Answered

Carey possesses a five-octave vocal range and although she classified her voice type as an alto, described her as a Coloratura soprano. She is often lauded for her impeccable technique and gravity-defying vocal runs. However, since her musical success in the early 90s, many have witnessed the highs and lows throughout her illustrious two-decade career with the worst being her struggle to retain her seemingly perfect voice. According to reports, Carey lost her vocals because she didn't rest her voice, had some unhealthy singing habits, developed nodules, and didn't have somebody help her

in recent times, her vocals are not of the same calibre as they once were in the 1990s.

Mariah has been romantically linked to multiple celebrity men most of which she has been completely open about. Of all the relationships, the love life with American rapper Eminem drew much public attention. The two reportedly dated for a period of six months before calling it quit.  Although Carey often denied any relationship with Eminem, the rapper confirmed dating the singer on several shows, saying they dated for six months throughout the gloomy times in her life. He even mentioned her name in his song "Superman" from his 3rd album, The Eminem Show. The song contained the following lyrics: “What you trying be? My new wife? / What, you Mariah? Fly through twice." (Eminem - "Superman") However, Eminem has reaffirmed how he disdains Carey, saying "I just don't like her as a person"

Mariah Carey is currently dating Bryan Tanaka, a choreographer and dancer who has been working for her since he was a backup dancer on her 2006 The Adventures of Mimi Tour. The two were recently spotted hanging out in New York City during the dancer's 36th birthday.

Mariah Carey, they say, is the best vocalist that has ever lived. She has the most untouchable voice in the world and her discography contains one of the most vocally demanding songs in pop/RnB music history. However, a number of her songs has been picked and categorised as the hardest to sing. They include My All", Bye Bye, Belong Together, Through the Rain, Don't forget about Us, if Its Over (Live Version), Lead the Way, Never Too Far, Änytime yOU Need A Friend", Subtle invitation, Fly like a Bird. The songs mostly contain her falsetto, upper belts, head voice (which she rarely showcase), whistle register. Some of the songs also have her showcasing her D5’s and Eb5’s, and even reaching her highest note at G7.

The American singer and songwriter has two children- a son named Moroccan Scott Cannon and a daughter Monroe Cannon. The fraternal twins were born via Cesarean section, on April 30, 2011. The two are products of her union with the American comedian, actor and rapper Nick Cannon.

Chuck Dez
Chuck is a personal finance and entertainment writer with over 15 years of experience covering famous biographies, personal finance, celebrity net worth, and celebrity lifestyles. He loves the process of researching new information, discovering and learning new things, as well as putting into words, interesting things others might like to read. When he's not talking about the future of media, business or entertainment, you'll find him watching films, reading or spending time with his wife and kids


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