Granted, their duet is shrill enough that we can all be certain that if the Carey family dog ever strayed, one blast of this tune would have him running back in no time. Apparently it was never a very silent night in the Carey household. But for the most part, the Careys' cross-generational voices blend very nicely--that is, when Mariah isn't being out-sung by her own mom. Yes, what's most most notable about this video is that Patricia, a former opera singer and vocal coach, is the real star of the show here. Watch her sing around the 1:30 mark below:
This isn't the first time that Patricia and Mariah have appeared onscreen together, by the way; the two of them were interviewed for Mimi's 1993 concert special, during which Patricia raved about how she recognized her daughter's vocal gifts early on. And considering how spectacular Patricia sounds on Mariah's new holiday song, clearly the woman is an expert on the subject of singing:
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Anyway, since Mimi is quite visibly pregnant in her holiday video, it's probable that her unborn child was exposed to a whole lot of high-decibel Carey crooning during this clip's recording. Will Mariah's Christmas baby be joining the family chorus on a third Mariah holiday album years from now? That remains to be seen (and heard, loudly)...but if so, it's likely that Patricia Carey will still be upstaging them all.
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