MARIAH: 25 YEARS IN AND THRIVING

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By CHRIS AZ­ZOPARDI

I told my mom I in­ter­viewed Mariah Carey and she cried. “I know how much this means to you,” she said, verklempt.

She knows Mariah saved my life. I was 10 and con­fused and gay when I first heard her voice. It was one of those meant-to-be mo­ments: A friend ea­gerly, and thank­fully, played me the cas­sette sin­gle of “Emo­tions.” That voice, all seven oc­taves, cap­ti­vated me, changed me. Years later, when I heard the curly-haired, hand-wavey songstress singing pickme-ups like “Hero,” “Make It Hap­pen” and “Can’t Take That Away (Mariah’s Theme),” I was lifted be­yond those sig­na­ture high notes.

Nearly 25 years af­ter first hear­ing her voice on cas­sette, my phone rings. It’s Mariah Carey, the sales-crush­ing icon with a whop­ping 18 No. 1 sin­gles, the five-time Grammy win­ner, my child­hood life­line, our ally. We talk about Ve­gas, where she’s wrap­ping up a head­lin­ing spot at The Colos­seum

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