Mariah Carey

We are "Obsessed" when it comes to Mariah Carey. R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress made her recording debut in 1990. She became the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. MC is well-known for her vocal range and use of the whistle register. She is ranked as the best-selling female artist of the U.S. Nielsen Sound scan era and third-best-selling artist overall. Mariah Carey gets up-close and personal talking about her husband Nick Cannon, her secret to success and high school just to name a few in this highly anticipated exclusive.

Celebrity High (US) October 2009. Text by Kacey Cage.

CH: Where did the inspiration to name your latest record "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" come from?
MC: The inspiration for the name of the album came from a few places. Minnie Riperton, who is one of my favorites had a classic album called Perfect Angel back in the day so I was sort of paying homage but I also wanted women and young girls to know we should all embrace our imperfections because none of us are perfect.

CH: What is your favorite song on the album and why?
MC: I don't have a favorite, I love them all. This is truly a complete body of work. But I do spend a lot of time listening to "The Impossible."

CH: What was some of the hardest obstacles you overcame in your career and what helped you overcome the hurdle?
MC: Some obstacles earlier on, were that a lot of people wouldn't allow me to be me. I had to be strong enough to work through people not understanding who I really was. I eventually just had to break free and not worry about what others wanted me to be. My music helped me through that struggle.

CH: What would you say is your strongest attribute?
MC: My tenacity is my strongest attribute. Never giving up.

CH: What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
MC: One of my favorite things to do is lying in bed watching movies and eating popcorn.

CH: What is a day in the life of Mariah Carey?
MC: A day in the life is usually a hectic schedule from the moment I wake up, but I sleep in really late since I am a night owl. But the day usually consists of interviews and writing, and hanging out with my husband.

CH: What were you like in high school?
MC: I was tough! LOL!

CH: Did you ever think when you were a teenager in high school that you would become one of the top selling female artist of all time?
MC: I always knew I wanted to be an artist and I wanted to give my all to achieve success. So I guess you can say I wanted it from early on, but I never imagined that I would be so blessed.

CH: You are consistent when it comes to releasing number one singles, what do you think your secret ingredient to that success is?
MC: The secret is just to have fun with the music. And to make sure songs evoke emotion.

CH: What are your aspirations in regards to your acting career or what can we expect?
MC: I just want to continue to challenge myself. I like roles that allow me to dive deep into character.

CH: You have held 20 years strong and leading in the music industry as far as consistency is concerned, where do you see yourself in the next ten years?
MC: I don't really think about time. You can never worry too much about the past or the future. We have to enjoy the present. Live in the moment. But whatever life brings I just wish to continue to be happy.

CH: After your release of your recent single "Obsessed" Eminem has fired back, do you plan on entertaining "Eminem's" recent antics?
MC: I don't even know who that is! LOL I wrote that song for all y'all! It's like; you remember what it was like in school when a stupid boy would nag you or pull your hair because he really liked you. And he would make up stuff and start rumors just for attention. Its like, "Why are you so obsessed?!" It's an anthem for all those people! You know!

CH: Do you and your husband Nick Cannon have any projects that you are jointly working on?
MC: Nick and I would love to work on something together one day. You never know, it will have to be a comedy though. We are both jokesters.

CH: Over the years you have worked with various artist, from Whitney Houston to hip hop artist like Snoop Dogg and P.Diddy to producers such as Jermaine Dupri, who would you say is your favorite and why?
MC: I can't pick! I have worked with so many people like you have named and also people like Pavarotti, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson. I just like working with all artist.

CH: Is there anything you would like to say to Celebrity High readers?
MC: I love you Celebrity High. Air kisses!