Mariah Carey Parents, Biography, Family, and Career
Mariah Carey Parents – Mariah Carey was born March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, and began taking voice lessons at age four. At 18 she signed with Columbia Records, and her first album had four No. 1 singles, including “Vision of Love” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry.”
Carey went on to generate several more albums (later with other studios) and top singles, becoming one of the most commercially successful artists of all time with 18 No. 1 hits and more than 200 million records sold.
Singer Mariah Carey was born March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, to Alfred Roy Carey, a Venezuelan aeronautical engineer; and Patricia Carey, a voice coach, an opera singer. She has two older siblings: a brother, Morgan, and a sister, Alison.
Patricia was a part-time opera singer and vocal coach before she met Alfred in 1960. When he became an aeronautical engineer, the couple married and moved into a small suburb in New York.
Patricia’s family disowned her for marrying a black man. Mariah later explained that she felt neglected by her mother’s side of the family.
In between the births of Mariah’s older sister Alison and herself, the family struggled within the community due to their ethnicity. Mariah’s name came from the song ‘They Call the Wind Maria’, from the 1951 Broadway musical Paint Your Wagon.
Her sister Alison moved in with her father, while the other two children, Mariah, and brother Morgan, stayed with their mother. Mariah would soon grow apart from her father and stopped seeing him altogether.
Her father Alfred died of cancer in 2002.
Carey’s parents divorced when she was three years old. She stunned her mother by imitating her operatic singing as early as age two and was given singing lessons starting at age four. Eventually, Carey would develop a voice that spanned five octaves.
After graduating in 1987 from Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York, Carey moved to Manhattan where she worked as a waitress and a coat check girl and studied cosmetology while writing songs and actively pursuing a music career at night.
When she was 18 years old, Carey and her friend, singer Brenda K. Starr, went to a party hosted by CBS Records. Starr convinced Carey to bring along one of her demo tapes. She intended to give the tape to Columbia’s Jerry Greenberg, but Tommy Mottola, the president of Columbia Records (later Sony), intercepted it before she could hand it to Greenberg.
After listening to the tape on the way home from the party, Mottola signed Carey immediately and set her to work on her first album, Mariah Carey (1990), which included four No. 1 singles: “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Some Day,” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry.”
Her second album, Emotions, was released in 1992; the title track became her fifth No. 1 single, and included the hits “Can’t Let Go” and “Make it Happen.”
In June 1993, Carey married Mottola in a spectacular ceremony at Manhattan’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The couple divorced in 1998. Carey then dated Latin singer Luis Miguel for three years, but their relationship reportedly ended in the summer of 2001.
Carey began a relationship with rapper/actor Nick Cannon after he appeared in her music video for “Bye Bye.” After dating for less than two months, the couple married on April 30, 2008, in a secret ceremony in the Bahamas. In 2011, Carey and Cannon welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe.
The couple announced their separation in August 2014, after six years of marriage, and their divorce was finalized in 2016. In January 2016, Carey became engaged to Australian businessman James Packer in New York City, but in October of that year, it was announced that the couple had split. After Carey’s engagement with Packer ended, Two years later, Mariah and Australian billionaire James Packer announced that they were engaged. However, a few months later they had ended their relationship.