Born & Raised:
Born: March 27, 1970 in Huntington, NY.
Raised in Long Island, NY.
Mariah Carey was born and raised in Long Island, New York as the daughter of Patricia and Alfred Carey. Mariah, who was the youngest of the couple's three children, was named after the song "They Call the Wind Mariah," from the 1969 musical film "Paint Your Wagon." Mariah's parents divorced when she was 3, but she grew up with a love of music and singing, which had been instilled in her by her mother, who at the time was a vocal coach and had previously been an opera singer. During her teens, Mariah began singing demo tapes for recording studios.
After graduating from high school in 1987, Mariah moved to a small apartment in Manhattan to pursue a career in music. She worked on a demo tape while working part-time jobs and going to beauty school. In the late '80s, she became a back-up vocalist for Columbia Records dance-pop singer Brenda K. Starr. It was Starr who gave Mariah's demo to Columbia record executive Tommy Mottola at a party in 1988. Mottola was impressed and signed Mariah to a contract. Her self-titled debut album was released in June 1990, and after a slow start, eventually sold over 9 million copies in the U.S. and turned her into a household name.
Branching Out Musically:
Mariah's early albums cultivated a squeaky-clean pop image for Mariah, but she turned that image on its head with her 1997 album, Butterfly, which incorporated elements of hip-hop into her music, best exemplified by the first single, "Honey." The album represented a break from the oversight of her then-husband, Tommy Mottola, whom she had separated from earlier in the year. On this an subsequent albums, Mariah exhibited a sexier, less conservative persona than she'd been allowed to on her first few albums, when she had limited creative control.
Career Slump & Comeback:
In 2001, she was hospitalized for exhaustion after filming a starring role in the movie "Glitter," and recording the accompanying soundtrack. Both the movie and album were commercial and critical failures, and in 2002 she was bought out of her contract. After signing with Island Records, she released her ninth studio album, Charmbracelet, which debuted in the top 10 and received mixed reviews. Her next album, however, The Emancipation of Mimi, was a critical and commercial smash. It generated multiple hit singles, including "Shake It Off" and "We Belong Together," and also won three Grammy awards.
Her mother is of Irish American heritage. Her father, who died of cancer in 2002, was a dark-skinned Venezuelan. Her paternal grandfather's original surname was Nunez, but he changed it to Carey after moving to the U.S.
Mariah married Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola in June 1993 and they divorced in 1998. Mottola is more than 20 years older than Mariah.
She married her second husband, actor-comedian Nick Cannon, on April 30, 2008 after dating for several weeks.
Mariah gave birth to twins, Monroe and Moroccan, on her and Nick Cannon's third wedding anniversary, April 30, 2011.
2010: Merry Christmas II You
2009: Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
2005: The Emancipation of Mimi
1994: Merry Christmas
1993: Music Box
1990: Mariah Carey
2006: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy for "We Belong Together."
2006: Best R&B Song Grammy for "We Belong Together."
2006: Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy for The Emancipation of Mimi.
1991: Grammy for Best New Artist.
1991: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy for the song "Vision of Love."