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Mariah Carey shares details of secret grunge project recorded in the ’90s: ‘I wanted to break free’


By Jamie Tabberer

Mariah Carey has shared details of the secret grunge project she recorded in the ’90s.

Who knew?

The star discusses the recordings – made with the rock band Chick – in her new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

In it, she writes: “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. 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. 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.”


MC shared the passage on Twitter yesterday, along with the caption: “Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making Daydream. Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days. Here’s a little of what I wrote about it in #TheMeaningOfMariahCarey Love-you gesture S/O to my friend Clarissa who performs the lead w/ me as a hidden layer.”

Daydream went on to be one of the biggest albums of Mariah’s career, selling over 20 million copies and producing the hits Fantasy and One Sweet Day.

The passage follows recent news that the star references her infamous feud with Jennifer Lopez in the book.

Sounds like essential reading!