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Celebrating the Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey
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Sydney Walker

As the Christmas season approaches and the festive spirit lingers in the air, holiday music and the cool, crisp air combine for a welcoming feeling. Wondrous Christmas music enters the scene whether it be from your car radio or speaker at home blasting Christmas music, and one of the many voices you’ll hear is Mariah Carey. 

Carey’s impressive vocal range and whistle notes have and continue to enthrall audiences. 

When she was just three years old, it became apparent to the people around her that Carey had talent coursing through her bones. She began singing and writing songs at a very young age. When Carey was only twelve years old, she did backing vocals as well. 

Although Carey was able to get closer to being a great sensation at a young age, she didn’t have the easiest childhood. She is the youngest of her siblings and when she was three years old, her parents divorced. 

While Carey was growing up, she would deal with her brother being extremely violent and her sister being troubled and traumatized. Adding to that, when she was twelve years old, her sister drugged her with valium, offered her a pinky nail full of cocaine, inflicted her with third-degree burns and tried to sell her out to a pimp. Carey felt like an outsider in her own family; she watched her siblings deal with their trauma and on top of that, her mother neglected her on different levels and had multiple jobs to support the family.

Fast forward with five Grammy Awards, numerous Billboard Music Awards and nineteen number-one songs in the US, it’s safe to say that Carey continues to make her mark in the music industry to this day.  

Carey has many songs and delving into them, there can be many stories behind those lyrics. After all, her adoring voice hits many deeply or soulfully. One of her many songs includes, 

You have most likely heard “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. Currently, that song has been played 400,146,536 times, most likely even more than that. When Carey wrote “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” she wanted a song that would make her happy and feel like a loved, carefree young girl during Christmas because Christmas wasn’t always that great for her growing up. The song is truly impactful to many people and it gives off a cheerful, and fun vibe, which is part of the reason why it is so popular around Christmas.  

It is nationally known that Mariah Carey is considered the Queen of Christmas. She even tried to trademark that title. However, she was ultimately denied the request.

Although Carey was denied this request for a title, it is without a doubt that she will always be the Queen of Christmas in much of society’s hearts.

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Sydney Walker, Reporter
Sydney Walker joined Uncaged this year as a sophomore. She plans to continue to be a part of the Uncaged team for the rest of her highschool career. When she is not being suffocated by school work, Sydney loves writing and expressing her soul on paper. She also enjoys reading, listening to music, watching movies/shows, spending time in the vast wonders of nature, and spending everlasting quality time with her beautiful dog. Sydney is still quite unsure what she wants to do after highschool, but she knows she will inevitably write at least one book. Lastly, Sydney is a ginger, and all those myths about redheads are true…
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