Mariah Carey was born on March 27, 1970, in Huntington, New York, to parents Patricia and Alfred. Unfortunately, her parents divorced when she was only 3 years old. As a result of her Irish, Venezuelan and black descent, Mariah Carey encountered some racial discrimination while growing up.

Mariah Carey was raised in a poverty-stricken home, and her mother was forced to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. Conveniently enough, it was Mariah Carey’s mom who noticed her daughter’s vocal talents.
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One day, when Patricia was rehearsing her role of Maddalena in Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, she heard Mariah Carey imitating her singing. Even though she was only 3 at the time, Mariah’s mom began teaching her how to develop her vocal skills.