Mariah Carey made a '90s grunge album

Who knew flannel and ripped denim would fit the R and B superstar?

September 28, 2020

Mariah Carey rose to fame in the 1990’s producing catchy R&B, radio friendly tunes. It was also during that time the singer says she worked on a grunge album for a secret 1995 alt-rock project titled Someone’s Ugly Daughter.

The “Always Be My Baby” singer tweeted this bit of career trivia, alongside a sound clip from those sessions. “Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making Daydream 👀 Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days,” Carey tweeted about her eclectic experience.

“Here's a little of what I wrote about it in #TheMeaningOfMariahCarey 🤟 S/O to my friend Clarissa who performs the lead w/ me as a hidden layer #Chick #TMOMC.”

Carey collaborated with the band Chick on their 1995 album Someone’s Ugly Daughter. She wrote, produced and sang backup vocals on every track. She recounted the experience in her soon to be released memoir, The Meaning Of Mariah Carey:

“I’d bring my little alt-rock song to the band and hum a silly guitar riff. They would pick it up and we would record it immediately. It was irreverent, raw and urgent, and the band got into it. I actually started to love some of the songs. I would fully commit to my character. I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time.”

That same year, Mariah released her now famous fifth album Daydream, which sold 20 million copies worldwide.

Carey’s foray with grunge music is just one detail from her memoir (due to release Tuesday) she says will “surprise even her best friends.” This includes a controversial 2008 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, when the host pressured Carey into addressing rumors that she was pregnant.

“I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say. And I really have had a hard time grappling with the aftermath,” Carey told Vulture during a recent interview.

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