Mariah's story is the music business's version of Cinderella: She attended an industry soiree, at which she met bigwig music exec Tommy Mottola and gave him her demo tape. When he left the party, Tommy listened to the tape in his car and instantly knew that Mariah would be a star. So he rushed back to the party to offer her a record deal on the spot, but Mariah was already gone. Eventually he hunted her down, and the rest is history. But considering the fact that most record execs don't usually listen to unsolicited material, let alone accept it, Mariah must've had luck on her side that night.