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Tag refers to images referencing the popular mixed-race American singer. She has long_hair that is either brown or blonde.

She was born on March 27, 1969 in New York, United States. She is the daughter of Patricia Carey, a former opera singer of Irish descent, and Alfred Roy Carey, an African and Venezuelan American aeronautical engineer. She was named after the song They call the Wind Maria from the musical Paint Your Wagon. Mariah was musically inclined from a young age, often imitating her mother's singing, and studying music and literature in school. Mariah started singing professionally as early as high school when she acted as a demo singer and doing back up vocals for other artists. Mariah got her big break once a demo tape of hers was handed to the head of Columbia Record Tommy Mottola by Brenda K Starr, a singer that Mariah did back up work for. Mottola was immediately enamored with her voice and decided to seek her out. Mariah signed under Colombia Records and began her solo singing career, debuting with a self-titled studio album in 1990, which became an instant success, and her subsequent albums were just as successful. This catapulted Carey into becoming one of the most popular and influential female singers of the 1990s. She became known for singing pop ballads that made full use of her five octave vocal range. She is particularly famous for her ability to hit the whistle note register, which became a trademark of hers under Mottola. She, along with fellow singer Whitney Houston, was particularly influential in her use of melismatic vocals, to the point that for a period of time, a singer's singing ability was often judged by how well they could pull off melisma.

Mariah worked with Mottola, who she also entered into a relationship with, until 1997, when she decided to leave Mottola, both professionally and romantically. In the last few years of Carey's tenure under Mottola, Carey was starting to break away from the style and image that Mottola imposed on her. On her 1995 album Daydream, she started collaborating with hip hop artists like Ol' Dirty Bastard. She would take her music in a more hip hop/R&B direction after she left Mottola's management. She also significantly changed her image. Under Mottola, she was marketed as a 'pure' artist and had a slim figure. After she left Mottola, Carey adopted a sexier image and physically became curvier. In spite of the significant style and image change, Mariah remained a popular artist with albums regularly selling in the millions.

Mariah is notably highly popular in Asia, and has the distinction of being the top selling non-Asian artist in Japan. Her albums Music Box, Daydream, Butterfly and Merry Christmas all sold over 2 million copies. Mariah also has the honor of having produced one the most successful Christmas albums of all time with 1994's Merry Christmas, which is one of her most well known albums, selling over 15 million copies worldwide. She is the namesake for the character Mariah_(jojo) from Stardust Crusaders.



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