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Biography #2 (for Wisegirls)

Mariah Carey's career is truly the stuff of legend. Mariah is the best-selling female performer of all time, with an incredible 15 #1 singles and two Grammy Awards. Along the way she became the only artist to top the charts in each year of the 1990s, and, with Heartbreaker, she pushed ahead of the Beatles as the artist with the most cumulative weeks spent atop Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart.

In May 2002, Carey signed an exclusive recording contract with the Universal Music Group's Island Records. In addition, Carey has formed her own label, MonarC Music. The first release for MonarC Music will be Carey's forthcoming studio album, Charmbracelet, set for release on December 3, 2002. Along with her musical talents, Carey has conqueror Hollywood as well staring in various films including Glitter and The Bachelor.

Born in Long Island, N.Y. as the daughter of a former opera singer and vocal coach, Carey began singing at age four, and was writing her own songs by the time she was attending Oldfield Middle School. She moved to New York City the day after graduating from high school. Honing her songwriting skills and lending her vocals to several local acts, she first garnered industry attention when singing backup for Brenda K. Starr, who gave Carey's demo tape to Sony Music Entertainment chief Tommy Mottola at a party. As legend has it, Mottola played the demo on his ride home and ordered his driver to immediately return to the party so that he could meet the young singer. Soon afterwards, Mottola signed Carey to a Columbia Records contract.

Carey has garnered many accolades throughout her career including two Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, Billboard's Artist of the Decade Award and the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium." Mariah's many accomplishments and unprecedented career success stand as a testament to her creativity and talent.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "Wisegirls" (03-Jan-2003)


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