Toast of the Coast
MARIAH’S MAGIC MOMENT
M ARIAH Carey has thanked her Aussie ‘‘lambs’’ for waiting 15 years to see her live on local soil.
The US singing superstar, whose tour starts on the Gold Coast on New Year’s Day, says she is looking forward to bringing husband Nick Cannon and their children Down Under.
‘‘Darling, I plan to give my lambs in Australia my all so we can share in the experience together,’’ she says.
Carey refers to her loyal fanbase as ‘‘lambs’’ just as Lady Gaga calls her followers ‘‘little monsters’’.
Carey last visited Australia in 1998 on her Butterfly world tour, during which she performed a duet of
Hopelessly Devoted To You with Olivia Newton-John.
‘‘It is really hard to make sure I see all of my fans around the world. It has been a case of waiting for the right time to make the trip,’’ she says.
Carey says has felt the strong support of her Australian fans during her 20 year career.
‘‘I have been so lucky with my career and my fans are really diverse, ranging from those that have stuck by me right from the beginning to my new fans who have joined along the way,’’ she says.
‘‘I have the best fans in the world and they know that’s how I feel. My fans and I have an incredibly strong connection, since the beginning they have named themselves the Lambs, it was just something I used to say to them.’’
Carey, 42, is one of the top-selling female artists of all time. Since breaking on to the scene with her selftitled debut album in 1990, she’s enjoyed hit after hit with songs including Emotions, Dream Lover, I’ll Be
There, Hero and Fantasy. Her sales number more than 200 million and her awards list includes five Grammys, 17 World Music Awards and 31 Billboard Awards.
‘‘There are so many women who helped pioneer the music business for all of us,’’ she says when asked about her inspirations.
‘‘Really, there’s too many to name. For example, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan.’’
Carey’s husband will perform DJ sets across the country – the first time they have performed together. Anthony Callea (Gold Coast) and Andrew De Silva (Sydney, Melbourne) will also play support slots.
‘‘I remember what a beautiful country Australia is and what incredible fans I have there,’’ Carey says.
‘‘The absolute highlight of the trip was swimming with dolphins in Perth. They are so beautiful and that experience really stayed with me.’’
Carey and Cannon, 32, were married in the Bahamas in 2008.
Their one-year-old twins, Monroe, a girl, and Moroccan, a boy, will be travelling with the couple.
‘‘Of course I’ll be with Nick and the babies, it is the holidays. I really want my babies to see the kangaroos, the koalas and the dolphins,’’ she says.
As well as touring, Carey recently signed on to the judging panel of
American Idol with Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson.
‘‘The most important thing to me is being able to work with some deserving contestants,’’ she says of her new job.
‘‘There are so many that are truly talented and I’m really excited to be a part of helping them realise their dreams.’’
Jupiters presents Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon (DJ set) and Anthony Callea at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (sold out) on Tuesday. American Idol screens on Ten and Ten SC from January 17.
Singer Mariah Carey makes the move to TV as a judge on American Idol.