CAREY… I’m thrilled to be performing in Jamaica for the first time ever—-

GLOBAL superstar Mariah Carey has been confirmed as the headline act for the 19th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival next January.

Carey, regarded as the best-selling female artist of all time, will be making her first-ever appearance in the Caribbean, and her signing is being seen as a major triumph for the world-renowned festival, scheduled for January 29 – 31 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium on Jamaica’s north coast.

“Welcoming Mariah Carey to Jamaica’s shores is truly exciting and we are extremely pleased to announce this iconic star as our headline act for 2015,” festival producer Walter Elmore said yesterday. “Her agreeing to perform on our stage is a testament to the quality of our production. We are the only festival in the Western Hemisphere to present Mariah Carey since her last tour in 2006.”

Yesterday, Carey was quoted as saying that she was anxious to perform in Jamaica.

“I’m thrilled to be performing in Jamaica for the first time ever,” she said. “I can’t wait to connect with my Jamaican fans and I am really looking forward to spending some time pon de island as well.”

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

Carey has sold more than 200 million records and has logged 18 Billboard Hot 100 Number 1 singles, more than any solo artist in history.

With her distinctive five-octave vocal range and prolific songwriting and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern multi-format performer.

She has received multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s Artist of the Decade Award, the World Music Award 2014 Pop Icon and Artiste with Most Number 1 Singles in America Awards.

She has also won BMI’s Icon Award for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, among other notable accomplishments.

The multi-platinum artist, who was born in Long Island, New York, made her debut with the self-titled set Mariah Carey in June 1990. On August 4 that year the set peaked at Number 1 on the Billboard charts.

Yesterday Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival promoters said her set list for Jamaica is expected to be an exciting mix of her biggest fan-favourite pop and dance hits, R&B ballads, and hip-hop jams, along with popular selections from her critically acclaimed CD, Me. I am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.

“Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival is all about creating memorable musical experiences,” Elmore said, “and patrons can expect a fantastic show for 2015. We have more acts to announce in the coming weeks that will certainly delight our audiences.”