Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Mariah Carey may have had her ups and downs over the last several years, but one this is for certain—her rise to fame made her one of the best-selling artists of all time. From 18 No. 1 Hot 100 tracks to a Vegas residency, Carey grew from a young woman with a gigantic voice and exceptional writing skills to a worldwide pop diva in a clout all her own. On July 17, Starz announced it will be developing a TV series based on Carey's early life.
The as-yet-untitled series will be executive produced by Carey herself alongside friend Brett Ratner and will use real-life experiences in the fictional series. The story will take place in New York City in 1986 where it began for the aspiring songwriter as a bi-racial 16 year old who survived a difficult childhood. Carey, whose parents divorced when she was just three years old, endured financial hard times with her mother Patricia who occasionally performed opera. Music was in her veins and she found solace in listening to the radio to escape her everyday realities.
Carey began writing poems setting them to melodies and eventually would go on to record a demo tape that she unsuccessfully attempted to give to record labels. It was in 1988 when she befriended rising pop star Brenda K. Starr, which helped her with her big break. Carey attended a record executives' gala with Starr where she would meet then Columbia CEO Tommy Mottola and hand him her demo. After two songs, he searched for Carey for two weeks and immediately signed her, mapping out her breakthrough. The rest is history.
The upcoming series is written by Nina Coleman ("Mahogany") and she also co-executive produces with Carey and Ratner. Additionally, the series will include producing by Stella Bulochnikov, Teri Weinberg ("Ugly Betty") and John Cheng.
Since Mariah Carey's career took off with the No. 1 hit "Vision of Love," she's sold over 200 million records worldwide (albums and singles), earned five Grammy Awards, and is the third best-selling female artist in the U.S. with over 63 million certified albums sold. She's had 17 top 10 albums, EPs and compilations on the Billboard charts with six reaching No. 1. Her 1993 and 1995 albums Music Box and Daydream are certified Diamond in the U.S. for shipments over 10 million copies. Across the globe, those two albums sold 28 million and 20 million copies respectively.
Grab tickets to upcoming Mariah Carey shows right here on AXS.