Mariah Carey may have had a vision of love but she also had her sights on alternative rock.
The history-making, chart topper has revealed that she had an alt rock “alter-ego” in the mid-'90s during a dark period of her life.
On Sunday, she tweeted a “fun fact” from her upcoming memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” revealing there was a time when she experimented with another musical genre.
“Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making Daydream,” the “Vision of Love” powerhouse wrote. “Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days.”
Carey then posted an excerpt from the book, where she talks about working on the album with the band Chick.
“I would fully commit to my character,” she writes of the alt-rock recording sessions. “I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time.”
“I wanted to break free, let loose, and express my misery – but I also wanted to laugh. I totally looked forward to doing my alter-ego band sessions after Daydream each night.”
Along with the excerpt, the five-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter – and sometimes actress – included a snippet of one of the ’90s alt rock tunes featuring her background vocals.
Through her 30-year career, Carey has recorded pop, R&B, dance, hip-hop and gospel music.
And of course the holiday genre: the ubiquitous “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has broken chart records 25 years after its initial release in 1994.
Written with her friend, image activist Michaela Angela Davis, “The Meaning of Mariah” will be published by Henry Holt & Company’s Andy Cohen Books imprint Sept. 29.
Audible will exclusively release the audiobook performed by Carey, with her words interwoven with special musical components.
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