Mariah Iman Wilson was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her natural talent for the arts was displayed at age two, when she began training and performing at Plumb Dance School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Later, at age 4, she showcased her talent for dancing, singing and acting at Desert Stages Theatre under the direction of the late Gerry Cullity and his wife Laurie. Mariah participated in numerous plays as lead characters and in the ensemble for the plays “Grease,” “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “Joseph and the Techicolor Dreamcoat,” “Butterfly’s Day,” “Cinderella,” “The Grinch,” “Annie,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Barbie Beach Party,” and “Ugly Duckling. This led to several on-air performances with Arizona’s local media KPNX-TV 12, KTVK-TV 3 and KNXV-TV 15 “Sonora Living,” as well as being featured in the local print media, The Arizona Republic, The Scottsdale Independent News, Arizona Sentinel and New Times.
As a member of the Arizona Angeles “Bronze” dance performance team, Mariah performed at the Phoenix Suns Basketball Halftime show, and at Arizona Rattlers Arena Football games as well as the Arizona Maricopa County Fair. She also performed with the City of Phoenix “Bob McGrath Sesame Street” Holiday Show. At age 6, Mariah booked on her first commercial audition for Joanne ETC. Her commercial credits also include PSAs for Homeland Security, “Medley;” Arizona Anti Smoking, “Kick Butts;” a Lifetime Television promo; the Female Olympians 2008(spec); the Community Health Network of Connecticut and Morgan Stanley Financial(spec).
Upon moving to California in 2003, Mariah has been featured in a variety of television shows: “Drake and Josh,” “The George Lopez Show,” “Summerland,” “Still Standing,” Medical Investigations,” “According to Jim,” “Medium,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Judging Amy,” Inconceivable,” and “CSI-NY.” She has been in several feature films; “Kicking and Screaming,” “Be Cool,” “Christmas with the Krantz,” “American Pie,” “Band Camp,” and “Must Love Dogs,” as well as the independent films “The Factory,” “Tyler,” “The Good Neighbor Policy,” “After School” and the film short “Last Dance,” in which she played the lead role as the young Denise. She has been in Pilot Presentations’ “The RO Show,” (variety show) produced by Roshon Productions and in a screenplay called “Tunes” performed at the 2005 Embodi Black Female Festival.
She makes her big screen debut as “Magic” in the Dreamworks – Paramount motion picture version of “Dreamgirls” opening in December 2006.
Vocally, Mariah has performed the National Anthem at local sporting events. Her solo performances include singing jazz tunes at Sanders Mexican Grill and Gourmet Pizza Kitchen and an invitation to perform at the Los Angeles County Fair as part of the Sabado “School of Music.” She sang on the soundtrack of the feature film “Naked Bros.” She currently trains under Michael Skidgel of the Michael Skidgel Singers. Mariah was featured on Jen Turner’s music video “Slithers.” She is also training to play the piano.
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