Darlene Love shows sell out after Mariah Carey calls her ‘Queen Of Christmas’

The Grammy winner went on to explain that she adores the “Wall of Sound

 She was named after the song "They Call The Wind Maria" from the 1951 musical "Paint Your Wagon."

Carey takes after her mother, who is a Juilliard-trained opera singer and a vocal coach.

In high school, she was known for cutting class.

Before hitting it big, Carey attended cosmetology school in Manhattan.

She also worked as a waitress, but the gig didn't last long.

Her role as Brenda K. Starr's backup singer led to her landing a record deal.

Carey has an impressive five-octave vocal range.

Ex-husband Nick Cannon has said he and Carey had sex to the singer's music.