Young Mariah Carey: Life story and Gorgeous Photos of the Legendary Singer from her early Life and Career

Mariah Carey is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, noted for her impressive vocal range. A legendary singer and songwriter of the 21st century, she was one of the most successful female performers of the 1990s. As a vocal virtuoso, she has taken music to new heights throughout her 20-year career. Among the many styles she sings, she flits from Motown soul to R&B to Hip Hop and Pop, and she can quickly go from a soulful ballad to a hip-hop song with ease. Her albums have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, she is the third best-selling female artist of all time. Carey also holds the record for the most number-one singles by a solo artist.

Singing Career

Carey took the initial training from her mother, an opera singer, and began performing as a child. Carey performed for the first time at the age of six, and by the age of sixteen, she was skipping classes to write songs, and her brother, Morgan, paid for her first recording session. Before her big break, Mariah Carey worked as a temp and did odd jobs such as a beautician, hair sweeper in a salon, waitress, and coat check girl.

At the age of 19, Carey released her first debut album ‘Mariah Carey’ through Columbia Records. The album contained her four super hit singles ‘Version of love’, Love Takes Time, I Don’t Wanna Cry’ and ‘Some Day.’ These songs charted the top US music countdowns for weeks and earned her several prestigious nominations and awards. The album sold over 15 million copies worldwide.  In 1992, Carey released her second album, Emotions. The album’s title track was her fifth No.1 hit. Her MTV Unplugged version in 1992 awed critics and went on to earn a triple-platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. She got another No. 1 single with ‘I’ll Be There’ based on this performance. Her third album, ‘Music Box,’ came out in the second half of the year, including the top-ten singles ‘Dreamlover’ and ‘Hero.’  She released seven albums in the 1990s. Critics and music fans alike were enthusiastic about her sultry new style of singing known as ‘breathy vocals.

She released ‘Merry Christmas II You’ in 2010, which went on to be a top holiday album in the United States and topping the ‘R&B/Hip-Hop’ charts. In 2018, she released her fifteenth album, ‘Caution.’

Acting career

Carey made her acting debut in 2001 with the musical drama film ‘Glitter.’ It is about a girl who becomes a pop star overnight after meeting a DJ by chance. The film and her performance received negative reviews from critics, and the movie failed at the box office. Discouraged by the failure of her debut film, she reemerged in 2009 to star as a social worker in the film Precious. She received the Breakthrough Actress Performance Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival as well. In addition, she appeared in the movies ‘The Butler (2013)’, ‘A Christmas Melody (2015)’, and ‘The Lego Batman Movie (2017)’.

Personal life

Carey married music producer Tommy Mottola on June 5, 1993. Mottola’s controlling nature and her growing creative differences caused their relationship to deteriorate. The couple separated on May 30, 1997, and the divorce was finalized in 2000.

Carey married comedian-actor Nick Cannon in 2008. The couple was married for six years and had two children. Carey also dated Australian billionaire James Packer, choreographer Bryan Tanaka, and she was in a three-year relationship with singer Luis Miguel from 1998 to 2001.

In addition to her music career, Carey is active in fundraising for the Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit that provides free summer vacations to children. She also published a memoir, ‘The Meaning of Mariah Carey’ in 2020.

Below are some gorgeous photos of Mariah Carey when she was young.

#1 Mariah Carey performs at Staples Center Thursday, 1990.

#3 Mariah Carey wearing dress by Missoni, bracelets by Lorraine Schwartz and Gerard Yosca, styling by Jessica Paster, makeup by Troy Jensen.

#4 Mariah Carey celebrates her birthday at the Man Ray club in Paris.

#10 Mariah Carey in black shirt with spaghetti straps and jeans.

#12 Mariah Carey in perfomance, outside at the Today Show, 1990.

#13 Mariah Carey in black evening dress on the red carpet, 1990.

#14 Mariah Carey poses for a portrait during a studio photo shoot, 1990.

#16 Mariah Carey performs in the ‘Tonight Show’, 1990.

#19 Mariah Carey with her brother Morgan Carey during American Music Awards, 1991.

#21 Mariah Carey attends the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards, 1991.

#22 Mariah Carey at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

#23 Mariah Carey with Billy Joel and model Christie Brinkley, 1991.

#24 Mariah Carey at Annual MTV Video Music Awards After Party. 1991.

#25 Mariah Carey at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards at in Los Angeles.

#26 Mariah Carey Promotes New Album “Emotions”, 1991.

#27 Mariah Carey at the 19th Annual American Music Awards, 1992.

#28 Mariah Carey holding her award at the 19th Annual American Music Awards, 1992.

#38 Mariah Carey posing for the album cover in a desert, 1980s.

#47 Mariah Carey in black dress performing on the stage, 1993.

#48 Mariah Carey oustside a restaurant in the evening, 1993.

#49 Mariah Carey receiving her Christmas gift from Santa, 1993.

#56 Mariah Carey poses with Santa in New York City, 1993.

#57 Mariah Carey with her husband Tommy Mottola on her wedding day, 1993.

#58 Mariah Carey walks backstage during an event, 1993.

#59 Mariah Carey holds two trophies up 25 January 1993 at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

#60 Mariah Carey with Michael Bolton and Niollette Sheridan, 1993.

#61 Mariah Carey at the 20th Annual American Music Awards, 1993.

#62 Mariah Carey with L.L. Cool during 20th Annual American Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium

#63 Mariah Carey during The 35th Annual Grammy award, 1993.

#65 Mariah Carey performs at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, 1993.

#66 Mariah Carey performs at Madison Square Garden on December 10, 1993.

#68 Mariah Carey attends a Chanel fashion show benefit to raise funds for the New York Hospital, 1994.

#72 Mariah Carey and Jazz and Pop singer Tony Bennett pose together during a benefit concert at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, 1994.

#73 Mariah Carey with her husband Tommy Mottola, 1995.

Written by Alicia Linn

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