Mariah Carey revealed this week that Irene Cara’s “Out Here OnMy Own” from Fame was one of her musical north stars as a child, so of course on Friday (Sept. 18) she released her cover of the song. On Thursday, Carey gave a preview of her upcoming memoir, The Meaning of Mariah, revealing the critical role that the movie musical played in her career.
Her tweet included a look at a section in the book in which she talks about her early days, which were molded by the memorable Irene Cara ballad from the 1980 movie. “The fact that I believed I could become a successful artist is one of my greatest strengths,” the page she showed off read. “Around the same time, my mother entered me in a talent competition in the city, and I sang one of my favorite songs, ‘Out Here on My Own,” by Irene Cara. I felt ‘Out Here on My Own’ described my entire life, and I loved singing that way — singing to reveal a piece of my soul. And I won doing it. At that age. I lived for the movie Fame, and Irene Cara was everything to me.”
Early Friday morning Carey tweeted, “from the depths of the vault,” with a peek at the studio log from July 17, 2000, that included her tracking the Cara song during the sessions for a soundtrack album that was originally titled All That Glitters. The song will now appear as track eight on the upcoming The Rarities collection, which is due out on Oct. 2.
Listen to the song below.