Mariah Carey. biography
Mariah Angela Carey was born on March 27, 1969, in Long Island, New York to Alfred and Patricia Carey, an opera singer who first realized Mariah's similar operatic vocals when she was two. Ensuing her graduation from Harborfields High School in 1987, Mariah relocated to Manhattan to pursue her music career fulltime.
At the age of 18, Mariah attended a party hosted by CBS Records with her demo in hand, which eventually ended up in the hands of Tommy Mottola, the president of Columbia Records. He almost immediately offered Mariah a record deal and got her started on her debut album Mariah Carey (1990).
In 1993, Mariah released her second album Music Box along with the #1 singles, "Hero" and "Dreamlover," adding to her growing popularity. A year later, she released her first Christmas album, Merry Christmas (1994), followed by her third album Daydream (1995), which included the #1 hit "Fantasy." Her next hip-hop and R&B infused album, Butterfly (1997), comprised of her twelfth number 1 hit "Honey."
Following a mental breakdown that ended in a hospital visit and her acting debut in the major box-office bust Glitter (2001), Mariah bounced back with her eighth album Charmbracelet (2012), which reached the number 3 position on the Billboard charts. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Mariah has a sold more than 160 million albums and is the third best-selling female singer in history.
Most recently, Mariah landed a position as a judge on the 12th season of FOX's hit reality competition show American Idol in 2012.