Mariah Carey Reveals Secret Alternative Rock Album She Recorded in 1995

Mariah Carey at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival in 2017. Photo by Katch/REX/Shutterstock (8433602f)

When you think about Mariah Carey you probably immediately remember one of her great R&B songs. If you dive deeper you probably think about her affinity to Christmas. What you probably don’t think of is grunge music.

But in a new autobiography, the singer revealed that she is no stranger to alternative rock. Apparently, back in 1995, Carey collaborated with the band Chick on their album Someone’s Ugly Daughter. She contributed to the writing and production of the songs as well as singing backing vocals.

“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,” Carey writes in her book. “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. You know the ones who seemed to be so carefree with their feelings and their image. They could be angry, angsty, and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled slips, and unruly eyebrows, while every move I made was so calculated and manicured.”

The album was not a great success and it is hard to find on streaming services. However, a couple of tracks can be found on YouTube.