She has not announced where her next recording home is going to be, but Mariah Carey is recording.
“All last week I was down in the Bahamas — just working with her was amazing,” producer 7 Aurelius said on Tuesday. “It was a really special session down there.”
7, who has produced hits for Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule and Ashanti with Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti, said he met with Carey two weeks ago and the singer invited him down to Nassau to make tracks. Once they got down there, 7 said, Carey got into the zone and developed the proverbial “eye of the tiger.”
“She’s an amazing writer,” he said. “We did three or four songs in three or four days. The way we was doing it, I had [a horn section] down there along with me. We had the whole room set up with candles, some nice wine — [it was] a very good vibe. It was completely stripped down, like ’Mariah Carey Unplugged.’ She stripped herself down to her talent. She was really trusting of me and my vision, and I was trusting of who she was.”
While 7 couldn’t disclose many details about the tracks they completed, he did say they worked on a mixture of mid-tempo and up-tempo ditties, as well as ballads.
“We did a stadium joint called ’Reach for the Sky,’ which is amazing,” he said.
“She likened it to ’Hero.’ All this was with a live band.”
Carey’s spokesperson said Mariah is going to continue recording but still has not made a decision regarding what record company she will sign with. The singer is taking her time and fielding offers.
Besides his work with Mariah, 7 just finished tracks for the Eve album and is working on the Murder Inc. family album (see “Ja Rule, Ashanti, Other Murderers Still Don’t Give A …” ).