HEAR IT! Mariah Carey takes on Irene Cara’s classic ‘Fame’ ballad

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Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News
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Mariah Carey continues to dig in the crates to share unreleased tracks that got away from her.

The history-making pop music diva shared an excerpt from her upcoming memoir “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” in which she details her love for the 1980 movie “Fame” and its star, Irene Cara.

On Friday, she officially released her version of one of the songs Cara performed in the classic film movie, “Out Here on My Own,” which was an Oscar-nominated top-20 hit.

“My mother entered me in a talent competition in the city, and I sang one of my favorite songs, ‘Out Here on My Own,’ by Irene Cara,” the five-time Grammy Award winner shared to her 9.5 million Instagram followers. “I felt ‘Out Here on My Own’ described my entire life, and I loved singing that way—singing to reveal a piece of my soul. And I won doing it.”

“At that age. I lived for the movie Fame, and Irene Cara was everything to me,” Carey continued. “I related to her multicultural look...her multi-textured hair and, most importantly, her ambition and accomplishments.”

“'Out Here on My Own' was such a pure song that touched my heart, and I couldn’t believe I won a trophy for singing a song I loved,” she wrote in the caption. “It was the first time I’d received validation as an artist.”

The “Vision of Love” singer/songwriter furthered: “Coincidentally, it wasn’t until after I had written about ‘Out Here On My Own’ in the book, that I found it in the vault while making ‘The Rarities.’ Totally meant to be!!”

Carey’s version of the ballad, recorded July 17, 2000, was going to appear on the soundtrack album of her 2001 critically panned movie “Glitter,” which was apparently originally titled “All That Glitters.”

Penned by Lesley Gore and Michael Gore, “Out Here on My Own” was nominated for Best Original Song at the 1981 Academy Awards.

The never-before-released gem will appear on the 2-CD compilation “The Rarities,” due Oct. 2 via Columbia/Legacy.

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