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."