Mariah Carey Biography
Carey found immediate success in her 1990 debut album, Mariah Carey. This earned her four number one singles as well as a Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Performance for that year. This was followed by her sophomore album, Emotions, and an MTV Unplugged performance in which she proved that her voice is not studio-enhanced, contrary to speculations. In 1993 she came up with Music Box, with hits that made her internationally successful, including"Hero", "Dreamlover", and "Without You". During this time she also became involved with Tommy Mottola, and the were eventually married in the same year.
Carey and Mottola divorced in 1997, after which she focused her attention as a songwriter. She managed to release her next album Butterfly, with a new image and musical perspective, and it received commercial and critical success. She went on to make more RnB and pop hits in the album Rainbow (1999). She also tried to pursue her career as an actress in the movie Glitter, but was not able to make it in the box office. Carey has suffered a strain of personal and professional struggles at this time, mainly because of being overworked and with her separation from Mottola, but she was able to regain prominence in 2005, as she released her album Charmbracelet, followed up by the Emancipation of Mimi.
Mariah Carey is the third highest-grossing female singer of all time, behind Barbara Streisand and Madonna. Her vocal chords can cover all notes in the musical scale and she is recognized for her ability to sing in the whistle register. She is also a philanthropist, doing benefit concerts for organizations such as the Fresh Air Fund, as well as to the victims of the Hurricane Katrina in 2005.