HERE'S THE SUMMARY OF MARIAH'S BIOGRAPHY
-- With a stunning seven-octave voice that she put through stratospheric gymnastics, Mariah became an overnight star.
--Her vocal prowess and range drew comparisons to Minnie Riperton and Yma Sumac, but most often to her contemporary, Whitney Houston. Yet unlike Houston, Carey co-wrote or co-produced her own gospel-inflected, dance-pop songs and ardent ballads.
-- Born to a black Venezuelan aeronautics engineer father and an Irish-American opera singer mother who also worked as a voice coach. The couple divorced when Mariah was three, and she moved with her mother to a succession of different towns in Long Island, New York.
-- At 17 she moved to New York City and pursued a career in music while supporting herself as the self-professed "world’s worst waitress."
-- She befriended keyboardist Ben Margulies, with whom she began writing songs, and landed backup singing jobs.
-- When late-Eighties dance-music singer Brenda K. Starr met Columbia Records chief Tommy Mottola at a party, she gave him a demo tape of Mariah's songs. Mottola reportedly played the tape in his car on his way home and doubled back to the party to seek out Mariah. He signed her and made her career development a top priority.
-- In June 1993, she married Mottola, a man 20 years her senior.
-- In fall 1993 she embarked on her first-ever tour, for which she received mixed reviews.
-- Though Mariah's worth was proven to record executives and fans, her vocal gymnastics were often attributed to studio wizardry and technological manipulation. Determined to silence her critics, she staged a live concert at Madison Square Gardens, to great acclaim from her fans.
-- Her divorce from Sony Entertainment president Tommy Mottola created a public relations nightmare for her. Rumors of stifled creative ideas were already rampant before the divorce, and it seemed Carey had finally taken the decision to break free.
-- Her first album since the divorce was enigmatically titled "Butterfly." In it she sang of spreading her wings and flying away. "Butterfly" was almost a complete departure from the syrupy pop songs her fans knew and loved.The album featured a heavy dose of urban beats and artists, as well as R & B ballads.
Her choice of collaborators already signaled a change of direction. With names like Sean "Puffy" Combs, Walter Afanasieff and Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony on the console and writing credits, she wasn't making a grunge album, but it certainly wasn't pop, and there were none of the familiar vocal acrobatics and prolonged dog whistle techniques. There were also fewer clothes, as videos and photographs showed her in skimpy outfits.
-- And now "Heartbreaker" features a combination of her successful pop style as well as the influences from her urban upbringing, which were so evident in her previous album.
-- In a sense, it seems as though Carey has "come of age" and has found a compromise between commercial needs and artistic integrity in this new album and image by fusing pop rhythms with her urban interests. No doubt it will be her new trademark sound from now on.
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