Mariah Carey just scored a new record deal with Epic Records, a label under Sony Music Entertainment. Mariah reportedly chose Epic to reunite with super-producer L.A. Reid, who was the brains behind her 2005 hit album The Emancipation of Mimi. Despite Sony’s trust in Mariah’s abilities, some fans and industry people are concerned that Mariah Carey’s voice is not what it used to be. These fears are the result of several live performances in which Mariah’s voice cracked while she was singing.
Last year, a performance in Japan caused outrage fans to demand refunds. While singing at “The Elusive Chanteuse Show” in Tokyo, Carey reportedly struggled through three songs. She was not able to sing in full voice for “Always Be My Baby,” “My All,” and the highly anticipated “Hero.” Adding to the disappointment, Mariah also experienced technical issues while singing “We Belong Together.” During the song, the singer stopped mid-song and informed the concert goers that there was a problem.
“Wait, a minute. I can’t, hold on.”
Also last year, Mariah disappointed fans with an off-key performance of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at The National Christmas Tree Lighting. Mariah appeared to be out of breath throughout the performance, before her voice finally cracked at the end of the song, PopCrushreports. Mariah had the same difficulty with the song at the Rockefeller Tree Lighting event in New York City.
This year, Mariah Carey was caught lip syncing at the Jazz and Blues Festival in Jamaica. Reportedly, during her “painful” syncing spectacle, Mariah forgot the words and lip syncs off-beat.
It is believed that the source of Mariah’s voice troubles is over-singing. Also, adding to the problem is the fact the Mariah Carey has failed to have continuous vocal coaching throughout her career. In the beginning, the singer was trained by her mother, Patricia. There has been no record in recent years that Carey has received training or coaching, tasks which would help with control and pitch. According to experts, vocal coaching involves exercises that can help improve and maintain your voice. As Mariah Carey has struggled with breathing, pitch, and control, it appears that vocal coaching is something she could truly benefit from.
Recently, fans were astounded to see Mariah performing on-key at a Human Rights Campaign Gala. Perhaps, a return to where it all began for her, Sony Music Entertainment, has allowed Mariah the opportunity to receive coaching already. Only time will truly tell if Mariah Carey’s voice is back.