Mariah Carey, who is set to perform in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 22, was definitely born to sing.
In 1988, struggling waitress Mariah Carey took a chance and passed Tommy Mottola her demo tape at a party. At that time, Mottola was the president of Sony Music Entertainment.
On the way back from the party, Mottola listened to Carey’s tape in his limousine. Moments later, he returned to the party and offered Carey a recording contract.
Two years later, Carey released her self-titled debut album and the lead single, Vision Of Love became a No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
In 1991, she won the Grammy for Best New Artiste and Best Female Vocal Pop Performance. Carey’s Cinderella story is just getting started. Throughout the 1990s, Carey dominated the pop music charts and was declared Artist Of The Decade by Billboard magazine at the end of the millenium.
After a much-publicised breakdown in 2001, Carey returned to form with the release of The Emancipation Of Mimi four years later. Carey brought back her trademark five-octave vocal range inthe hit single We Belong Together.
Since then, Carey has never looked back. She released her 14th studio album this year Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse and is looking to kick off her Asian Tour in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 22.
In a transcript provided by Universal Music, Carey talks about her long-lasting career and her desire to be an actress.
You started out in 1990 and is still going strong today. What’s the secret to your longevity in the music industry?
You know, I think that longevity is something that is very difficult to obtain in this business. Because a lot of what goes on in the music business now is about trends.
Then there are people who transcend trends and typically they are the people who do have a catalogue of songs that people love or a voice that people have learned to love over the years.
So, it is just about what you want to achieve and how long you want to keep doing it, really.
Do you agree that your music has created the soundtrack to people’s lives?
I would never be the one to say that, I could never say that. People have said to me, ‘Thank you for writing this song because it has helped me get through the most difficult time of my life’ and that type of statement is, as a songwriter, a great compliment.
Your talent – nature or nurture?
I believe that we inherit a lot of things and my mum was an opera singer who sang jazz. She also instiled a believe in me that anything was possible. She named me Mariah Carey as a stage name; I don’t even have a middle name.
(But) I definitely haven’t accomplish everything that I have set out to do. There are different facets of the entertainment world that I want to explore. I just need the right team around to make sure that I can be creative and have that vision.
What is your advice for upcoming artistes?
It is really about your commitment to the music and your fans. How much of your life are you willing to give up because you are giving a certain amount of yourself away and that is just inevitable. I think that there are a lot of really talented people out there and it just depends on how much they want it.
To what extent are you involved in the business side of your career?
The business is important because when you put so much of yourself into making an album you want people to hear it. I try to get involve and work on social media as much as possible because that’s a great connection to my fans.
What is the theme behind your new album Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse?
There isn’t necessarily one theme and that’s why I want people to hear this album as a whole. I put every bit of myself into each song. You see a different sides of who I am (in the album).
Do you want to make more films in the future?
Definitely. I love working in the independent film world. You know, I’ve been so blessed to work with Lee Daniels. He is someone who believes in me and the didn’t try to categorise me. So, I’m really grateful to him for that and looking forward to another very exciting project that’s coming soon.
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