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Mariah Carey Worked as a Waitress & Coat Check Girl — Look inside the Singer's Life before Fame

Kareena Koirala
Dec 19, 2020
03:40 P.M.
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Mariah Carey, the superstar singer who is dubbed the queen of Christmas, worked several humble jobs before making it big. Here's everything we know about her life before fame.

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Mariah Carey does not need an introduction. The gifted singer has had one of the most successful careers in the music industry and she holds the record for most top debuts in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.

With iconic hits such as "I Don't Wanna Cry" and "Fantasy" to her name, Carey has become a household name. And let's not even get started on how and why she owns Christmas each year.

Mariah Carey at the 2018 American Music Awards Press Room at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Mariah Carey at the 2018 American Music Awards Press Room at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

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SHE LIVED A BASIC LIFE

As the festive season arrives and people move on from the Thanksgiving turkey and start shopping for the perfect Christmas trees, Carey's "All I Want for Christmas" can be heard practically everywhere.

She was given the boot for having a bad attitude, but it was for the best.

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Her song has become a Christmas staple over the years, and that just goes to show how iconic Carey really is. But before she mesmerized millions of people with her magical voice, she was living a basic life.

Carey moved to Manhattan to pursue a career in music after her high school graduation in 1987. There, she started working as a waitress to make ends meet.

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HOW IT ALL BEGAN

But waitressing was the last thing she wanted to do and ultimately, it reflected on her work. She was given the boot for having a bad attitude, but it was for the best.

Carey also worked as a coat check girl in a sports bar. Back then, one of her friends was Lenny Kravitz and he had zero doubts that she was a star in the making.

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When she was 19, Carey landed a record deal. Top producers were lined up to work on her debut album. She was used to having her way and she persistently asked to work with Ben Margulies.

Carey had co-written her demo tape songs with Marguiles. Her debut album "Mariah Carey" came out in June 1990 and the song, "Vision Of Love" became the number one hit in the US charts.

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SHOOTING FOR THE STARS

The album also earned her two Grammys. Not bad at all! She released her second album, "Emotions" and the title track became her fifth No.1 single. Her career soared in the following years as she silently battled her inner demons.

In 2018, Carey revealed how she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001. She refused to acknowledge it for years, but she turned her life around by seeking help.

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