US-POLITICS-CHRISTMAS-OBAMAEven if she carries on as if she’s living in her personal version of Candyland, Mariah Carey is acutely aware of the world around her, and more importantly, what the people who inhabit it make of whatever she’s doing at the time. So it was no coincidence when she took to Instagram to upload a video of herself singing with the caption, “Cleaning and warming up my voice.” Mariah was proving a point: that she can still hit those high notes that sound as if she is trying to start a conversation with a dolphin.

Her efforts are admirable, though those few seconds of high notes could not drown out the numerous headlines that have depicted Mariah as someone who not only can’t sing the way she used to, but can’t even remember the lyrics to her biggest hits. Just this week, there are reports of Mariah slashing ticket prices as a result of lackluster sales. The damage is done and the end result is apparent: “The Elusive Chanteuse Show” will be a blemish on her permanent record and viewed with the same disappointment as the late Whitney Houston’s last tour.

2013 National Christmas Tree LightingIt comes on the heels of other bad news for Mariah Carey – sluggish sales for the superior album, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, and a pending divorce from husband, Nick Cannon.

2014 has not been the kindest to Mariah, but when it comes to her voice and its future, I reject the idea that all hope is lost.

Mariah may never be able to sing on the level she did at her peak, she can still sing – sing well in certain cases – and still has much to offer as a vocalist.

It’s evident even on this so-so tour she’s currently on. Though everyone has been shared the most abysmal performances, Mariah has since improved. Last week, she performed “My All” in Singapore and didn’t sound like she needed to make the kind of deal with Ariana Grande that Ursula, The Sea Witch once made with Ariel to stay afloat.

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