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