Mariah overwhelmed by warm welcome

Tuesday 17 February 2004

Singer Mariah Carey arrived in Bangkok yesterday for her first Thai concert, at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani tonight. The curly-blond singer greeted fans at the airport dressed in a spaghetti-strap, black evening gown. When in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, she was reportedly asked to cover herself to comply with the cultural restrictions.
"I want to say thank you so much to Thai fans for supporting me. It's very nice to be here," she said. Eight young girls performed a traditional Thai dance before the superstar, who said she was overwhelmed by the reception. "It's my first time here. I'm so excited. It's such a warm welcome."
During her past 14 years in show business, Mariah has gained many accolades, including two Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award and the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium". On Saturday, the superstar received the MTV Lifetime Achievement award in Singapore. "It's been an honour and I would like to thank for all the votes," she said.
Possessing a spectacular seven-octave range, Mariah, whose one-night concert here has already been sold out, has proven she is equally at home with sweeping ballads and pop, often incorporating elements of dance and hip-hop into the mix. Her international hits include Vision of Love, I'll Be There, Hero, One Sweet Day, and Without You. She composes many of her own songs.
In 2001, Mariah signed up with Virgin Records, which released Glitter, the soundtrack album to the film of the same name, with Mariah in her first lead acting role. She also featured in the films The Bachelor (1999) and Wisegirls (2002). Her new project is to work on a theme song for the new James Bond movie to be released next year.

(Bangkok Post)

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