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The Gospel According to Mariah Carey
"The Gospel According To Mariah Carey" explores the Gospel Influences and spiritual reference(s) of one of music's most important and influential figures
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Last month, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Milik Kashad of the Black Music Archive on this short film that focuses on the ways that gospel music has informed and shaped the music of Mariah Carey.
My introduction to Mariah Carey’s music was not, believe it or not, her debut single, “Vision of Love,” but, rather, it’s follow-up, “Love Takes Time,” which was released in the fall of 1990. As a church kid whose relationship with secular music was quite covert, my ear instantly heard the spirituality embedded in the B-side, “Sent From Up Above.” I noticed that the co-producer of the single was Rhett Lawrence, whose name I had seen on quite a few gospel albums. Soon thereafter, I bought the entire debut album and the rest was history.
Thanks to Milik for the opportunity to do the research and help craft the script for this presentation. I hope you enjoy it!