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This week's Influential Black Episcopalian: Mariah Carey

Did you know that Mariah Carey is an active Episcopalian? Faith is very important to Mariah Carey. This is evidenced by her including gospel songs on her various albums and publicly crediting God with her career longevity. Mariah Carey has an unquestionably firm belief in God, entrenched in her strong Episcopalian faith. She is not at all shy about expressing profound gratitude to God for getting her through some dark periods in her life. She performed a holiday concert in December 1994 at St. John The Divine Cathedral in Manhattan. This concert coincided with the live debut of Mariah’s hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”.

She stated in 2006: "I do believe that I have been born again in a lot of ways. I think what I've changed are my priorities and my relationships with God. I feel the difference when I don't have my private moments to pray. ... I'm a fighter, but I learned that I'm not in charge. Whatever God wants to happen is what's going to happen. I feel like I've had endless second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth chances. It's by the grace of God I'm still here.

In what was widely reported as a fall from grace, Mariah Carey suffered an “emotional and physical breakdown” over the summer of 2001. This led to her subsequent release from her record label, an earth-shattering loss of popularity, and a consequent dark turn in her career.

Following her recovery two years later, Mariah said in an interview published in Female First, that prayer was a significant factor in her daily life. “I feel the difference when I don’t have my private moments to pray.” She shared further that her relationship with God is foremost in her life and credits her dependence on Him with helping in her healing.

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