Mariah Carey Christmas
On Nov. 1, 1994, Mariah Carey released her first Christmas single, one of just three original songs on her first holiday album, the simply titled Merry Christmas. Upon its release, no one expected the Phil Spector-influenced “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to grow into a massive radio hit, but two decades, millions of copies, and dozens of cover versions later, this song has become more than a hit: it’s a holiday necessity.
In the 20 years since Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” first hit the airwaves, no other holiday song has achieved anywhere near the same cultural clout, so it’s fitting the five-time GRAMMY winner plans to commemorate her landmark song and album with a string of holiday shows in December. The four 2014 Mariah Carey Christmas shows will make up the first-annual concert series dubbed All I Want for Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity. All four performances will take place at New York’s Beacon Theatre, where Carey will share the most adored tracks from her 1994 holiday album, as well as its 2010 follow-up, Merry Christmas II You.
The Mariah Carey Christmas concerts will mark a special homecoming for this acclaimed vocalist, who was born and raised in New York. Carey’s lengthy career has been intertwined with the city, and she even recorded part of Merry Christmas at The Hit Factory, one New York’s many legendary studios. The list of connections between Carey and the city grew even longer two years ago, when fellow New York native Jimmy Fallon brought her on Late Night to perform a version of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” featuring The Roots on classroom instruments.
Although Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” gets most of the attention over the holidays, the singer’s full albums have also showcased her incomparable voice on a number of other classics, among them the Darlene Love staple “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and the 19th-century carol “O Holy Night.”