Who is Walter Afanasieff? The Conflict Between Him & Mariah Carey

Who is Walter Afanasieff

Mariah Carey was recently criticized for her song All I Want for Christmas Is You by American record producer and songwriter Walter Afanasieff. 

In an interview on the podcast Hot Takes & Deep Dives with Jess Rothschild, Carey’s colleague Walter Afanasieff asserts that Carey made up an alternative story about the song’s genesis. 

According to Afanasieff, Carey claims that she wrote the song when she was a little child, which has upset him. 

We were both in agreement on how we composed All I Want for Christmas Is You.

According to Walter Afanasieff, who claimed the problems with the credits began about ten years ago, there was only one explanation, maybe ten years ago.

When she began to allude to the idea that she had written the song when she was a little child, However, why didn’t you mention it for 12, 13, or 15 years before that? Thus, it simply evolved in her thoughts. 

For those who are unaware, Afanasieff’s remarks were about Mariah Carey’s 2017 interview with Billboard. 

The vocalist of Vision of Love said, ‘I am proud of this song, which I wrote as a child on my small Casio keyboard.’

Walter Afanasieff continued to make claims about the song credits controversy while appearing on the Hot Takes & Deep Dives with Jess Rothschild podcast. 

He claimed that Mariah Carey doesn’t understand music.

He stated, ‘She doesn’t play any instruments, including the keyboard or piano. She doesn’t know chord progressions, music theory, or anything else related to music. She is unaware of the difference between a minor seventh chord and a major seventh chord. So it’s a bit of a tall tale to say that she composed a very difficult chord tune with her finger on a Casio keyboard when she was a young child.’

The producer explained how he and Carey created All I Want for Christmas while simultaneously working on three songs for the latter’s Merry Christmas album. 

Interestingly, Afanasieff worked with Mariah Carey on six of her studio albums.

Who is Walter Afanasieff?

Walter Afanasieff, formerly known as Baby Love in the 1980s, is a musician with nearly four decades of experience. 

He is of Russian and Chinese descent. He began his career playing the piano alongside violinist Jean-Luc Ponty in jazz bands. 

Afanasieff spent many years as a musician, composer, and arranger before transitioning to record production in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 

Additionally, he worked on the original soundtracks (OST) for several Disney films, including Aladdin, Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Beauty and the Beast

In his career, he has won two Grammy Awards. He produced Celine Dion’s song “My Heart Will Go On,” which won the 1999 Record of the Year award.

His second Grammy Award was for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical category, in 2000.

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