Iconic songstress Mariah Carey is commonly recognized as the singer of Christmas track, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” which appears on her thirteenth studio album Merry Christmas II You. She embodies melodic vocals and possesses the ability to reach shallow notes while still sounding sensational hitting the high notes. But is Mariah a Soprano?
Mariah’s five-octave vocal range from F2 to G7 with the ability to register notes as high as A4 means that she’s a Soprano whose voice is instantly recognizable, and eminently separable from other singers.
To find out more about Mariah’s best live performances that display her impressive vocals, keep reading.
Mariah’s Best Live Performances
“Against All Odds” (Sweet Fantasy Tour: Oslo, 2016)
Mariah’s performance of “Against All Odds” is an impressive and spectacular display of the songstress’s elegant vocals that’ll astonish you with just how sensational she sounds. In this live performance, you can hear the absolute passion in her voice as she progresses through the song, right through to the end, where she hits strikingly high notes.
“Against All Odds” is one of Mariah’s seventy-five singles, written by Phil Collins, released in 2000 as part of her album titled Rainbow, selling 370 thousand copies in the UK while topping the UK charts at number 1. The single didn’t top the US charts, though.
“Vision Of Love” (New York, 2013)
In her live performance of “Vision of Love,” Mariah displays her unparalleled whistle register while making astonishing transitions between low and high notes. In the whole performance, not one note sounds strained, and this emphasizes the songstress’s unassailable vocal expertise.
A Cover of “I Want To Know What Love Is” (X Factor, 2009)
Mariah appeared on the X Factor in 2009, where she sang a heartwarming cover of Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is.” This is a performance that won’t fail to amaze you (I know it didn’t fail to amaze me!), and it’ll most likely take your breath away.
It’s the soft yet zestful tone to Mariah’s voice when she’s singing this song that makes it such a moving performance to watch, and the emotiveness of the song’s lyrics shines through in Mariah’s stunning voice for this very reason.
“Always Be My Baby” (Mariah’s Home Studio, 2020)
Mariah never fails to pull it out the bag for her fans, and now she’s blessed us with a live video from her home studio where she sounds absolutely phenomenal. Even as she’s aged, she hasn’t become any less remarkable than she was way back when.
In this performance, Mariah flaunts her exceptional whistle register (yes, even though she’s 50, she can still hit those incredible high notes with ease!), her voice sounds rich, and once again, Mariah filters her emotions through in her voice as she’s singing which makes the performance an absolute treat to watch.
When the song was released back in 1996 as part of her fifth studio album Daydream, it reached number 1 on Billboard and amassed a colossal 2 million sales in the US.
Mariah’s vocals are absolutely sensational, and her performances are fuelled by the emotion that enables the songstress to touch the lives of fans all across the world. Mariah has proven a great track record for hitting impossibly high notes, and despite that she’s now 50, she still embodies that same ability she did back when she started her career as a singer. It’s undeniable that Mariah is extraordinarily gifted and she’s one of a kind for sure.