Mariah Carey’s Former Group, Allure, Are Pissed at Her for Leaving Them Out of Her Memoir; A Look Back at Their Career
Mariah Carey fans are digging into her page-turning memoir. Most are enjoying reading about Carey’s personal life – including her romantic relationships with the likes of Tommy Mottola, her affair with Derek Jeter, and her marriage to Nick Cannon. But, Carey’s lengthy career accomplishments are also pretty juicy, which include her once owning her own record label.
Carey’s former group, Allure, were the first acts signed to the label. Unfortunately, Carey does not mention them in the book and the group members are blasting Carey online for the omission.
Allure’s work with Mariah Carey and beyond
Allure is an R&B quartet who began singing together in the early 1990s. The original members of the group were Alia Gray (née Davis), Hem-Lee (aka Linnie Belcher), Lalisha Sanders and Akissa Mendez.
The group caught the attention of Poke, a member of the popular production team Track Masters. Poke signed Allure to a production deal and helped them score a record deal with Carey’s Crave Records in 1997.
They released their self-titled debut album in May of 1997. The album features several singles, many of them collaborations, including “Head Over Heels” with Nas and “No Question” with LL Cool J.
Allure’s biggest hit is their duet with R&B quartet, 112. The song, “All Cried Out,” peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their debut album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Carey’s label dissolved, leaving the group without a contract. They signed with MCA Records in 2000 and continued releasing music but their sophomore album Sunny Days did not receive much support from their label.
The group left MCA and Hem-Lee quit, leaving them as a trio. They reemerged in 2004 under NBA player Ron Artest’s record label to release their third album. They later formed their own label in 2008.
Allure blasts Mariah Carey for omitting them from her memoir
Though Carey’s memoir mentions her work on her record label alongside her ex-husband Tommy Mottola, she does not mention Allure. In a recent interview with Vulture, Carey explains why she omits certain aspects of her life and career from her memoir, saying, “If somebody or something didn’t pertain to the actual meaning of Mariah Carey, as is the title, then they aren’t in the book.”
Per Madame Noire, Carey reveals in the book that when her marriage to Mottola ended, she cut ties with the label and any other shared business ventures.
Allure is less than happy about Carey leaving them out of the chapter about Crave Records, especially as Carey notes other acts she signed. The group took to Instagram to air their grievances with Carey.
On the group’s Instagram page, they share a vintage clip of Carey speaking about them being the first acts on her label.
They allege that they’ve remained silent on their time with Carey with the intention of focusing on their career. According to Allure, there are rumors that things went south between them and Carey after one of the group members physically attacked Carey, which they deny.
Overall, the group do not believe their contributions to Carey’s label are appreciated.
“You had a label and we were your first act. We remember people always saying, “You guys were like the wallpaper at Crave…We’ve always stayed Quiet and been nice about everything although we didn’t receive the same back,” the post reads. “One thing that’s sickening is being treated as if we never existed. How does anyone blatantly lie and totally disregard people who were a huge part of your life and your career.”
Carey has not responded to Allure’s social media post but continues her press tour for her book.