I'll Be There

Album: MTV Unplugged (1992)
Charted: 2 1

Songfacts®:

  • This is Mariah Carey's cover of what was a #1 hit for The Jackson 5 in 1970. Carey recorded it as a duet with R&B singer Trey Lorenz, with Walter Afanasieff (producer of Michael Bolton's hits) on piano.
  • Carey recorded this on the March 16, 1992 edition of MTV Unplugged. She decided to add it to her repertoire two days before the performance.
  • Columbia Records had no plans to release this as a single, but overwhelming demand prompted its May 28 release, 10 weeks after Carey's initial performance. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for all above
  • Carey and Lorenz sang this at Michael Jackson's memorial service in 2009.

Comments: 6

  • Camille from Toronto, OhOne of the best remakes of a song, ever. Not many remakes are as good (or better) than the original but this one hit all the right notes. I only like a handful of Mariah's songs; this is one of them. She was smokin' hot during MTV Unplugged-her hair and that black jacket falling off her shoulders as she passionately sang with Trey Lorenz. Very memorable.
  • Brianne from New Waterford, OhI love the spirit of this song!!!Just know when you think you are alone no matter what someone is always there for you.
  • Tricia from Rockville Centre, NyI love this song...you will always have a relationship in your past lovelife that will swing back and forth...and this song describes it to the letter. I love the line "You and I must make a pact...we must bring salvation back...where there is love...I'll Be There". It will always represent that true love that will always be with you no matter what...whether they are in your life or not. THe line "Just look over your shoulder" means...that persons spirit represents the love that you feel within. I love the way the Jackson 5 performed it....but I will always remember Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz carrying the high notes...and even more the spirit of Michael Jackson as they sang in at his memorial services 07/08/09. RIP Michael Jackson!
  • Candice from Vancouver, CanadaThis is Mariah's only #1 that she didn't write.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrI love this song. it's so sweet and tender. It reminds me of my mother, who's always there for me when things go wrong.
  • Nicola from London, EnglandThis song is my favourite, and is about friendship.
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