Mariah Carey's voice is back and ready for action if her set at last nights tree lighting ceremony at the Rockefeller Center is to believed! Selecting a track from each of her Christmas albums, the Diva- who is now judging others on their vocal skills- made sure she brought her A-game to event. This was 100% live people, and 100% amazing!
As much as I love All I want For Christmas, this wasn't the song I was most excited about hearing. But it shouldn't be ignored because she gave one of her best renditions of it in years. There was a little tension and rasp at the top of the belted notes, but everything else was flawless; with Mariah's head voice being in particularly good shape.
Christmas Time Is In The Air Again is the song I really wanted to hear Mariah Carey tackle. With it's simple arrangement, and lack of background vocals, it's a song which leaves little place for a dodgy note to hide. Again, Mariah did not disappoint. Not only was her "whisper" register on good form, sounding healthy, but that belted note at the climax was stunning!
Mariah Carey totally blew me away with these performances. Her voice sounded, overall, more healthy and consistent than it has in a long while. The confidence with which she wielded it was also great to witness. Now we just need some decent material for which Mariah to showcase it on!