Mariah Carey was born in Huffington, New York and grew up in various places in the New York City area.
Carey seems marginally religious, though doesn’t go on and on about it. She has spoken about the benefits of prayer, saying:
I feel the difference when I don’t have my private moments to pray.
She also credits God to helping her through rough times in her life, saying:
My whole life has been some form of struggle that I’ve had to go through. And I think the main thing is if you’re in a good place, you put your trust in God and focus on your spirituality, everything will turn out the way it’s supposed to.
Carey has found antagonists in the Muslim world for her sexually-charged performance and demeanor. She was the subject of much controversy when Malaysian authorities deemed her act “moral degradation.” She still performed there, only in jeans and a pink shirt.
Carey doesn’t know much about politics, but at least she’s woman enough to admit it. It might be why she has very little to say about political issues. However, speaking about the effect Obama’s 2008 campaign had on her, she said:
I can relate a lot to so many of the stories he tells. Clearly I am not the political analyst of the ages, but this is something that hits me on a deeper level than anything I’ve ever experienced growing up.
She has stuck with Obama over the years and has even contributed to his 2012 campaign.
One might question Carey’s political sensitivity, though, as she is one of a short list of artists who has performed for human rights-violating, third-world dictators for quite a bit of money. In Carey’s case, she performed for the Gadhafi family before they were overthrown by a NATO-backed popular uprising.