All I want for Christmas is You karaoke Jazz
Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff
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Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969 or 1970 is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. Known for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register, she is referred to as the “Songbird Supreme” by Guinness World Records. She has also been referred to as the “Queen of Christmas”. She rose to fame in 1990 with her eponymous debut album, released under the guidance of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola, who married her three years later. Carey is the first artist in history to have their first five singles reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, from “Vision of Love” to “Emotions”. All I want for Christmas is You karaoke Jazz
She achieved worldwide success with follow-up albums Music Box (1993), Merry Christmas (1994), and Daydream (1995). These albums spawned some of Carey’s most successful singles, including “Hero”, “Without You”, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, “Fantasy”, “Always Be My Baby”, as well as “One Sweet Day”, which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 decade-end chart (1990s). After separating from Mottola, Carey adopted a new image and incorporated more elements of hip hop into her music with the release of Butterfly (1997). Billboard named her the country’s most successful artist of the 1990s, while the World Music Awards honored her as the world’s best-selling music artist of the 1990s, and the best-selling pop female artist of the millennium All I want for Christmas is You karaoke Jazz
After eleven consecutive years charting a US number-one single, Carey parted ways with Columbia in 2001 and signed an $80 million recording contract with Virgin Records in April of that year. However, following her highly publicized physical and emotional breakdown, as well as the critical and commercial failure of her film Glitter (2001) and its accompanying soundtrack, her contract was bought out for $28 million by Virgin and she signed with Island Records the following year. After a relatively unsuccessful period, she returned to the top of music charts with The Emancipation of Mimi (2005), the world’s second-best-selling album of 2005. Its second single, “We Belong Together”, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 decade-end chart (2000s). Her performance the 2009 film Precious won her the Breakthrough Actress Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Carey’s subsequent ventures included serving as a judge on American Idol, starring in the docu-series Mariah’s World, and appearing in the films The Butler (2013), A Christmas Melody (2015), and The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
With sales of over 200 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Carey has amassed an extensive catalog, with nineteen of her songs topping the Billboard Hot 100, and holds the record for the most number-one singles by a solo artist, a female songwriter, and a female producer, According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the second-highest-certified female artist in the United States, with 66.5 million certified album units. In 2012, she was ranked second on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. In 2019, Billboard named her the all-time top female artist in the United States, based on both album and song chart performances. Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won five Grammy Awards, nineteen World Music Awards, ten American Music Awards and fifteen Billboard Music Awards. An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, she is noted for inspiring other artists in pop and contemporary R&B music.
Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, New York, on March 27, 1969 or 1970. Her name was derived from the song “They Call the Wind Maria,” originally from the 1951 Broadway musical Paint Your Wagon. She is the third and youngest child of Patricia (née Hickey), a former opera singer and vocal coach of Irish descent, and Alfred Roy Carey, an aeronautical engineer of African-American and Afro-Venezuelan lineage. The last name Carey was adopted by her Venezuelan grandfather, Francisco Núñez, after he emigrated to New York. Patricia’s family disowned her for marrying a black man. Racial tensions prevented the Carey family from integrating into their community. While living in Huntington, neighbors poisoned the family dog and set fire to their car. After her parents’ divorce, Carey had little contact with her father, and her mother worked several jobs to support the family. Carey spent much of her time at home alone and began singing at the age of three, often imitating her mother’s take on Verdi’s opera Rigoletto in Italian. While her elder sister Alison moved in with their father, Mariah and her older brother Morgan remained with their mother All I want for Christmas is You karaoke Jazz
During her years in elementary school, she excelled in the arts, such as music and literature. Carey began writing poetry and lyrics while attending Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York, where she graduated in 1987. Carey began vocal training under the tutelage of her mother. Though a classically trained opera singer, Patricia never pressured her daughter to pursue a career in classical opera. Carey recalled that she had “never been a pushy mom. She never said, ‘Give it more of an operatic feel.’ I respect opera like crazy, but it didn’t influence me.” In high-school, she was frequently absent because of her work as a demo singer; her classmates consequently gave her the nickname Mirage. Her work in the Long Island music scene gave her opportunities to work with musicians such as Gavin Christopher and Ben Margulies, with whom she co-wrote material for her demo tape. After moving to New York City, Carey worked part-time jobs to pay the rent, and she completed 500 hours of beauty school. Carey moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, which she shared with four other female students. She landed a gig singing backup for Puerto Rican freestyle singer Brenda K. Starr. All I want for Christmas is You karaoke Jazz
Carey exiting Shepherd’s Bush Empire after promoting her single “Vision of Love” on Wogan in 1990
In December 1988, Carey accompanied Starr to a CBS record executives’ gala, where she handed her demo tape to the head of Columbia Records, Tommy Mottola. After listening to the tape during the ride home, he immediately requested the driver turn around. Carey had already left the event, and in what has been described as a modern-day Cinderella story, he spent the next two weeks in search of her. Another record label expressed interest, and a bidding war ensued. Mottola signed Carey to Columbia and enlisted the talents of top producers Ric Wake, Narada Michael Walden and Rhett Lawrence. Columbia marketed Carey as the main female artist on their roster, competing with Arista’s Whitney Houston and Madonna of Sire Records. Columbia spent upwards of $1 million promoting Carey’s debut studio album, Mariah Carey. After a slow start, the album eventually topped the Billboard 200 for eleven consecutive weeks, after Carey’s exposure at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards, where she won the award for Best New Artist, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her single “Vision of Love.” The album’s singles “Vision of Love”, “Love Takes Time”, “Someday”, and “I Don’t Wanna Cry” all topped the US Billboard Hot 100.Mariah Carey was the best-selling album in the United States in 1991, and achieved worldwide sales of 15 million copies.
The following year, Carey co-wrote, co-produced and recorded her second studio effort, Emotions. Described by Carey as a homage to the Motown soul music, Carey employed the help of Walter Afanasieff, who only had a small role on her debut, as well as Robert Clivillés and David Cole, from the dance group C+C Music Factory.Carey’s relationship with Margulies deteriorated over a songwriting royalties dispute. After he filed a lawsuit against Columbia’s parent company, Sony, the songwriting duo parted ways. Emotions was released on September 17, 1991. The title track, the album’s lead single, became Carey’s fifth chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first artist to have their first five singles reach the chart’s summit. Though critics praised the album’s content and described it as a more mature effort, the album was criticized as calculated and lacking originality. While the album managed sales of eight million copies globally, Emotions failed to reach the commercial and critical heights of its predecessor. All I want for Christmas is You karaoke Jazz
Carey would once again refuse to embark on a world tour to promote the album. Although she credited stage fright and the vocally challenging nature of her material, speculation grew that Carey was a “studio worm,” and that she was incapable of producing the perfect pitch and 5-octave vocal range for which she was known. In hopes of putting to rest any speculation of her being a manufactured artist, Carey booked an appearance on MTV Unplugged.The show presented artists “unplugged” or in a stripped setting and devoid of studio equipment. Days prior to the show’s taping, Carey and Afanasieff chose to add a cover version of The Jackson 5’s 1970 song “I’ll Be There” to the set-list. On March 16, 1992, Carey played and recorded an intimate seven-song show at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York. The acclaimed revue was aired more than three times as often as the average episode. It established Carey as a viable live act, with critics heralding it as a “vocal Tour de force”.Carey’s live version of “I’ll Be There” became her sixth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sony capitalized on its success and released it as an EP. It earned a triple-Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and earned Gold and Platinum certifications in several European markets.
1993–1996: Music Box, Merry Christmas, and Daydream All I want for Christmas is You karaoke Jazz
After Emotions failed to achieve the commercial heights of her debut album, Carey’s subsequent release was to be marketed as adult contemporary and pop-friendly. Music Box was produced by Carey and Afanasieff, and began a songwriting partnership that would extend until 1997’s Butterfly. The album was released on August 31, 1993 to mixed reviews from music critics. Carey’s songwriting was derided as clichéd and her vocal performances were described as less emotive and lazier in their delivery. In his review of the album, AllMusic’s Ron Wynn concluded: “sometimes excessive spirit is preferable to an absence of passion.” In promotion of the album, Carey embarked on her debut tour, a six date concert series, the Music Box Tour. Music Box’s second single, “Hero”, became Carey’s eighth chart-topper in the United States and has been recognized as her signature song. Her cover of Badfinger’s “Without You” was a commercial breakthrough in Europe, becoming her first number-one single in Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Music Box remains Carey’s best-seller and one of the best-selling albums of all time, with worldwide sales of over 28 million copies. All I want for Christmas is You karaoke Jazz
In mid-1994, Carey recorded and released a duet with Luther Vandross; a cover of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross’s “Endless Love”. Merry Christmas, released on November 1, 1994, became the best-selling Christmas album of all time, with global sales of over 15 million copies. The lead single, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, became a holiday standard. By October 2017, it had become the 11th-bestselling single in modern music.
Carey performing with Boyz II Men at Madison Square Garden on October 1995
Carey’s fifth studio album, Daydream, found her consolidating creative control over her career, leading to tensions with Columbia. The album featured a departure from her allegiance to pop and gravitated heavily towards R&B and hip hop. Critically, the album was described as Carey’s best to date. The New York Times named it one of 1995’s best albums and concluded: “[the album] brings R&B candy-making to a new peak of textural refinement […] Carey’s songwriting has taken a leap forward and become more relaxed, sexier and less reliant on thudding clichés.” The album’s lead single, “Fantasy”, became the first single by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and the second single, “One Sweet Day”, a collaboration with R&B group Boyz II Men, remained atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-breaking 16 consecutive weeks, becoming the longest-running number-one song in history. All I want for Christmas is You karaoke Jazz
Daydream became her biggest-selling album in the United States, and her second album to be certified Diamond by the RIAA, after Music Box. The album continued Carey’s dominance in Asian music markets and sold in excess of 2.2 million copies in Japan alone and over 20 million copies globally. Daydream and its singles were nominated in six categories at the 38th Grammy Awards. Though considered a favorite to win the top awards of the evening, Carey was shut out, prompting her to comment “What can you do? I will never be disappointed again.” In early 1996, she embarked on her first international string of concerts, the Daydream World Tour. Its seven dates spanned three in Japan and four throughout Europe. All I want for Christmas is You karaoke Jazz
During the recording of Daydream, Carey also worked on the alternative rock album Someone’s Ugly Daughter by Chick, contributing writing, production, backing vocals and art direction. She also directed the music video for the Chick song “Malibu”. According to Carey, “I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time … I totally looked forward to doing my alter-ego band sessions after Daydream each night.”Her contributions were secret until the release of her 2020 memoir The Meaning of Mariah