I was... singing an octave lower than where I normally would
- Mariah Carey
Written by Mariah Carey & Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds
Produced by Mariah Carey
3:43 Album Version
ABOUT THE SONG
"I really love working with Kenny (Babyface) because he's smart and really easy to work with. I'm the kind of person where if someone starts playing something on the piano I can write a melody on top. It's one of my favorite things to do. He's the kind of person who can just sit down and come up with something, so we really vibe with each other. Believe it or not my natural voice is very low. A lot of times people think I talk like [Mariah puts on a squeaky little girl voice] "Hi! How are you?". I was just experimenting on that song, singing an octave lower than where I normally would and Babyface said, "You should start it out like that because not a lot of people have that low range like that”. - Blues & Soul (UK) Issue: October 24, 1995 “Daydream Believer” by Jeff Lorez
"A lot of people who wrote about the album thought that was Babyface singing at the beginning," she laughs. "I'm, like, hel-lo! He only sings in the background.” - Vibe (US) Issue: April 1996 “Cinderella Story" by Elysa Gardner
“…The singles that I always love, like 'Underneath The Stars' and 'Melt Away' — singles that Brat will call me up and be like, 'Yo, you gotta make them release 'Underneath The Stars,' that's my shit!' — and no-one wanted to because they're like 'it's a passive R&B record, it doesn't mean anything,' and it just seemed like I was very mouldable. So they'd choose to put out like, another ballad, and the thing about me is that they know that I can write those other kinds of ballads.” - Trace (UK) June 1998 “Stuck Off The Realness?” by Eddie Brennan
“Love this song” - Instagram - @MariahCarey replying to FOR THE RECORD’s post on ‘Melt Away’, August 26th, 2018
1996 Released on the Daydream album.
2010 Included on the Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey compilation.