Mariah Carey reveals how she introduced her twins to ‘inspirational music’ during her pregnancy and the birth of All I Want For Christmas as she dazzles in W Magazine cover shoot
The songbird, 52, hit a fashion high note in an array of ultra stylish looks, ranging from ab-baring tank tops to sexy dresses for the magazine’s Volume 6 The Holiday Issue.
In her interview, Carey recalled how she introduced her twin children to ‘inspirational music’ when they were still in her womb and writing her iconic holiday track All I Want For Christmas at the home she once shared with her first husband Tommy Mottola.
Hitting a fashion high note! Mariah Carey put on a showstopping display in her latest cover shoot for W Magazine
Carey, who shares 11-year-old Monroe and Moroccan with ex Nick Cannon, described the different types of music her children listened to and how she would expose them to uplifting songs during her pregnancy.
‘When I was pregnant with them, I would put this iPod-like belt thing on so that they could listen to inspirational music and just, like, have different types of relaxing moments or whatever.
‘But once they started listening to their own music, you know, once I allowed the iPad moments to happen, then it became about whatever was going on in a game and certain songs that are more prominently featured in different video games.
‘They’re not on TikTok yet, but I know they are on it behind my back secretly anyway. So songs are just 15-second snippets for them. But I have several different playlists that I play all the time.’
Cover girl! Carey dazzled on the cover of W Magazine in ab-baring white tank top and unbuttoned jeans
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Mariah also revealed how she will ‘quiz’ her children on music icons such as Prince and Aretha Franklin, artists her children may not normally listen to.
‘I try to let them hear some of my favorite artists that they may not have heard or they may never hear if they were just to listen to those snippets. I’ll quiz them and be like, “Okay, who’s singing?” And most of the time, they get it right. It’s typically Prince or Stevie Wonder. It’s Aretha Franklin. There’s Chaka Khan. And I’m like, “You have to listen to the tone of the voice. Listen to how they’re singing.”‘
Carey, who has garnered a reputation for her love of the holidays, also addressed the birth of her iconic track All I Want For Christmas and why the special day means so much to her.
Sing it! The songstress appeared to be belting a tune as she struck a pose in a sexy LBD
Queen of Christmas: Carey, who has garnered a reputation for her love of the holidays, also addressed the birth of her iconic track All I Want For Christmas and why the special day means so much to her
Asked if her children were aware she is ‘more iconic than Santa Claus’, Mariah replied: ‘Darling, look, I know a lot of the time people are like, “Oh, yay! Look at her! She’s, like, so festive and such a Christmas girl,” or whatever. But, really, Christmas makes me happy.
‘People think I had this princess-style life or whatever, a kind of fairy-tale existence where I just emerged, like, “Here I am!” And that is not what it is. I doubt you have enough time to write about all that, so we won’t go into it.
‘But when you grow up with a messed-up life and then you’re able to have this transformation where you can make your life what you want it to be? That is joy for me. That’s why I want my kids to have everything they can have. I want them to be able to understand that they can be anything they want to be.’
‘I was sort of up late, walking around this house’: Carey described the birth of her iconic holiday track All I Want For Christmas
Mariah also described writing All I Want For Christmas late at night at the home she shared with her ex-husband Tommy Mottola.
‘Okay, so the idea of me doing a Christmas album at all came from the record company. It was very early in my career, and I thought it was a little early for me to be doing that, but I was like, “Well, I love Christmas.” I had some very sad Christmases as a child, but I always try to find the bright light there. I was sort of up late, walking around this house where I was living with my first ex-husband, and I had a keyboard, and, no, I am by no means a piano player, but I can pluck out chords when I need to.
‘But I prefer to work with a virtuoso piano player because I hear the chords. I was actually having a conversation with Solange [Knowles] about this last night. When you’re hearing a chord, and you can sing each note to a virtuoso player, it’s much easier than me sitting there being like, “Oh, I know, I’m missing one little thing right here.”’
The song was released in 1994, but Mariah intentionally avoided using sounds of the time in order to achieve a ‘classic’ Christmas sound.
‘I didn’t want it to feel specific to any era, so we didn’t use sounds that were happening at that time. That way, it would feel classic and timeless. But I could never have imagined that it would become such a major part of my life.’
W Magazine Volume 6 The Holiday Issue will be released on December 6.
Motherhood: Carey shares her 11-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan with her ex-husband Nick Cannon