Mariah Carey, 45, was born in Long Island,
. She is a multi-talented artist. Her work ranges from singing, songwriting, to acting. She began taking voice lessons at the age of four. Her career started off as an R&B singer. And she rose to fame with her song “Vision of Love”,
Mariah produced several more chart-topping singles which led her to become Columbia’s highest-selling artist. She has been signed with various other labels like Virgin, Def Jam, Monar C, etc. Some of her most famous songs are Obsessed, Make It Happen, I Still Believe,
, Hero, Someday, etc.
Mariah was adorned with the title of the top “pop diva” of the 1990s. More than 160 million album copies of her songs have been sold worldwide. She is known for her five-octave vocal range and use of the whistle register. She has left behind a legacy in singing. Many upcoming artists have named her as one of their influences, some of them being singers like
, Justin Beiber, etc.
Before being a famous singer, Mariah worked as a waitress and a coat check girl. She also imbibed cosmetology. Apart from being a singer she is a songwriter and writes her own compositions. She has also appeared in several movies like The Bachelor, You Don’t mess with the Zohan, Precious, A Christmas Melody, Glitter, etc. Moreover, she has starred as a judge on the 12th season of the popular FOX Television show “American Idol” along with Randy Jackson,
and Keith Urban.
Apart from Mariah’s music career, her philanthropic works include her providing funds for a non-profit agency that helps the disadvantaged children in the city of New York to spend their summer vacations free. She also jointly started a camp located in Fishkill, New York, that helps the youth living in the innermost portions of the city to imbibe the arts. It also allowed them to explore career opportunities.
Mariah fetched the Congressional Horizon Award for her exemplary philanthropic work related to the youngsters. She also works actively with the make-a-wish foundation. Besides her career, in her private life, she has claimed to be a devout Christian. She had been married to Tommy Mottola and
. She is currently engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer, and she is a mother of two children. Her net worth is over$ five hundred million as of a December 2011 estimate.