DIARY OF AN R&B LEGEND: MARIAH CAREY
The R&B Club and Classic Album Sundays DC Present
Downstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 1:00 PM // SHOW: 1:30 PM
The R&B Club celebrates R&B legend Mariah Carey!
Saturday May 18, 2019
The R & B Club is a group founded by music aficionado Ashley-Dior Thomas, entrepreneur, broadcaster, and writer, Marcus Dowling, plus well-respected journalist Justin Tinsley, to celebrate the legacy of soul music. Foremost in this quest is the "Diary of an R & B Legacy" series, which will highlight key artists and their legacies from R & B's golden era.
Up next is modern R&B legend Mariah Carey! Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, New York, on 27 March in 1970. Her father, Alfred, was an aeronautical engineer of African-American and Venezuelan descent, and her mother, Patricia, a voice coach and opera singer, was from an Irish background. They married at a time when inter-racial relationships were rare and, growing up, Carey and her two siblings were bullied for being mixed race. One of her earliest memories involves nursery school teachers questioning why she’d coloured her dad in brown in a picture she’d drawn. ‘They made me feel like something was wrong with me, that it was a bizarre, freakish thing,’ she told Oprah Winfrey in a 1999 interview.
Throughout her career, like many strong and highly successful women in male-dominated industries, she was labelled a diva. Countless outrageous requests credited to Carey include the star refusing her limo outside a hotel until they rolled out a red carpet lined with candles and employing someone to walk backwards in front of her so she didn’t fall over. But she has always denied the rumours. ‘I am baffled, shocked and appalled when I’m called a diva. I’ve never done anything diva-ish in my life,’ she once said.
Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World Records, she is noted for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style, and signature use of the whistle register. She rose to fame in 1990 after signing to Columbia Records and releasing her eponymous debut album, which topped the US Billboard 200 for eleven consecutive weeks. Soon after, Carey became the first and only artist to have their first five singles reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, from "Vision of Love" to "Emotions".
On Saturday, May 18th, from 1:30-3 PM, join Thomas, Dowling, and Tinsley as The R & B Club both listens to, and discusses at-length, the impact and legacy of iconic soul music.
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Hosted by Classic Album Sundays Washington D.C. Classic Album Sundays is the world’s most popular album listening experience and allows the listener to hear music contextually, communally, uninterrupted, and in great sonic detail. At our worldwide listening sessions, music fans are able to immerse themselves into an album that has helped shape our culture and in some cases, our lives.We relay the artist and album’s unique story and provide a musical context that gives the listening experience deeper meaning. We share the experience of hearing the album in its entirety, on vinyl, and on a world-class audiophile hi-fi so that fans can experience the music as close as possible to the artist’s original intention. Classic Album Sundays treats the album (and music in general) with the respect it deserves rather than as a free commodity or aural wallpaper. We remind people what they love about music.