With her flawless, glamorous image, Mariah Carey is the last person you would expect to wear a plaid shirt, ripped denim and a fuss over electric guitars. But the R&B singer has revealed that in 1995 she channeled singers who were “angry, scared, and messy with old shoes” for a secret alt-rock project.
Carey worked with the band Chick on their album Someone’s Ugly Daughter and wrote, produced and sang backing vocals for each song. In an excerpt from her upcoming memoir, she writes:
Although it was released on the Sony subsidiary Epic Records, Someone’s Ugly Daughter was not a success. In the meantime, Carey’s solo album Daydream, which she was working on at the same time, became one of her greatest hits. It sold 20 million copies worldwide and contained hits like Fantasy and Always Be My Baby.
This week she not only publishes her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey, but also The Rarities, a double album with ambiguities from her 30-year career.