The Rarities, Mariah Carey’s new album, is set to be released on October 2nd. Prior to that, MC releases “Out Here On My Own,” a ballad that is a cover of Irene Cara’s 1985 song of the same name. The song was released in 2000 and was discussed in her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

This is what she had to say about the song:

“The fact that I believe I could become a successful artist is one of my greatest strengths. 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,” she wrote. “And I won doing it. At that age, I lived for the movie Fame, and Irene Cara was everything to me.”

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