Mariah Carey Reveals How COVID-19 Pandemic Has 'Really Helped' Her Voice

Mariah Carey opened up about how less singing during quarantine actually helped her voice.

1/13/2021 10:51:00 PM

Mariah Carey opened up about how less singing during quarantine actually helped her voice.

Appearing on Questlove's podcast, Mariah Carey talked about how less singing during quarantine actually helped her voice.

As for how she got so in the AF zone, Mariah said her pal Trey Lorenz liked to hang out and bust out their favorite impersonations, but she considers it more of an homage than an imitation. Anyway, that was not the most important voice-related tidbit that came up in the 90-plus minute first part of the chat. Carey also revealed that despite the difficulty of being locked down for much of the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has somehow been good for her already peerless voice.

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"Honestly, for me this whole year with COVID and everything, not having to sing for my supper and travel around and not get the right amount of sleep or just be put on this thing where there's a certain amount of stress, for me, that takes away a lot of stuff," said Carey in the laid-back, wide-ranging chat.

"Taking off work has really helped my voice," she added."I think in a lot of ways, just being able to have, like, stress-free. And everyone's like, 'Oh, you've got to get back in a studio. Like, you gotta, like, get back to singing. And I'm like, 'I know.'"

Mariah Carey's First Girls Night of 2021 Included Mangos, Cookies and 'Mean Girls'Being the music nerd he is, Quest really wanted to find out how Carey accesses her infamous"whistle" register voice, which she said can come and go depending on how stressed she's feeling at any given moment."When I'm under pressure, it's always screwed up -- every part of my voice is screwed up," she said before hairpin-turning into another epic story about the first time she met James Brown."Shock and awe, shock and awe," she said of her feeling about meeting Mr. Dynamite (who she said she didn't dare impersonate)."'You use your voice as an instrument,'" she said he told her in what she considered the biggest compliment anyone could ever give.

A music nerd who revels in the technical details most people would leave on the cutting room floor, Quest and his crew joked that they were happy to just sit back and listen to Mariah hopscotch from topic to topic, likening her digressions to the feeling of having a great meal at your mom's house where you don't say a word because everything is so delicious.

"You drink milk? I thought milk was bad for you voice," the drummer said at one point during a deep dive into which secret elixirs are the best for preserving your voice just before Carey described how the time off has been beneficial. As for whether she's ready to follow up what she called the"rushed" sessions for 2018's

Caution, Carey said,"I really wish I did have that time to do a few more records on that album to just [to] fully have that expression." That led to yet another digression about how she's not a fan of dropping too many promotional singles before an album's release, as well as a deep, deep exploration of the origin story of her eternal holiday smash"All I Want for Christmas Is You."

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Listen to part one of the Mariah chat below. Part two of the interview drops Friday (Jan. 15). Read more: billboard »

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I’d love for her to take vocal lessons and experiment with her maturer tones and voice. I watched her singing live on Youtube and her voice was so strained during the Caution/Return of the Butterfly era. Mariah is my favorite vocalist of all time and I can’t wait for new music. The Music Industry’s coming to end your favs with MC16 🔥🙌

It's been really good for her, in many ways. Mariah Carey Speaks On Walter Afanasieff In 2021 Coming to SLAY She definitely doesn’t take care of her body and her voice the way celinedion does. Glad she’s doing better. marc92carey Mariah is looking and sounding better thenever. Can't wait for her NewAlbum 😍

Less singing !? Lol she lost that voice decades ago 😭😭 Bitch was 🎤 up a storm. What rhymes with Pariah? CancellerBot Like this is what she should have been all the timeHer voice grade during the 90 because she gets enough rests. Vegas and touring really stresses her out Y'all won't wish Calvin harris a happy birthday 🙄

Fuck Mariah Carey Puto covid. Hitting the spot HannahsYardHQ with 🎶Dynamite 🎶 😉 queen ❤️❤️❤️ excuses to justify the loss of power in her voice 🪄🌱🎁 With love, the Universe Are You Ready? You’re LIVING in The PAST... Here’s HOW TO FIX IT queen of the music industry Go check out my new shit, link in bio 🔥🔥

Hey, I post daily encouraging quotes on my acc for anyone in need🤍. My life is my mesage✨ :) What Rhymes with Pariah She’s famous and rich. Her opinion has no value to real people And ariola? MC16 is coming get ready tanked Rest those vocal chords girlll.... Healthy LEGEND PatronariahC She did so much touring in the past years, I'm glad the quarantine is obliging her to rest her voice at last.

Can’t wait for the new music In her last performances she slayed!!! She is still the greatest vocalist! She has nodules, she needed to rest and the quarantine been good to her voice It's always good to put SLAY to REST!! So you can SLAY later!! ❤😂 SOME PEOPLE ON OMEGLE ARE WEIRDOS🤮🤢