Mariah Carey quietly released a grunge album back in 1995 and now the secret project is getting re-released. Carey briefly mentioned the 11-track project in her 2020 memoir “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” but is now explaining how the album came to be.
After recently celebrating the 25th anniversary of Butterfly album, the multi-platinum award-winning singer unveiled in an interview with Rolling Stone’s “Music Now” podcast that the grunge-rock album Someone’s Ugly Daughter, which was formerly released under the band's name Chick, would get a second chance.
At its initial release, Carey tapped on her friend and former roommate Clarissa Dane to handle the lead vocals to keep Carey’s true involvement of co-writing, singing back-up and producing the album, under wraps. However, the version of the album which solely features Carey’s voice has never been heard until now.
“This was my outlet and nobody knew about it,” she says. “I would just write these things. I’d say, ‘Can you play [sings guitar part] to the guitar player who happened to be there while we’re working on records like ‘Always Be My Baby’ and ‘One Sweet Day’ and eventually ‘Fantasy’ and whatever from that era.”
Adding, “I would write the lyrics, go and sing it. There was a fear [from the record company] because some of the lyrical content was not what people were [expecting]. I honestly wanted to put the record out back then under the same pseudonym and just let them discover that it’s me, but that idea was kind of stomped and squashed.”
It’s unclear when Someone’s Ugly Daughter will have its release.