Producer Rhett Lawrence was asked to come to New York by CBS Records president Tommy Mottola to hear a demo tape by an 18-year-old singer named Mariah Carey, a new signee to the label. The producer and the singer began working together in Los Angeles. Carey played Lawrence a demo of a song she'd co-written with Ben Margulies titled "Vision of Love," a ballad that sounded like something from the '50s. Lawrence contemporized the tempo. The session for the song was held at New York's Skyline Studios with keyboardist Lawrence, drummer Margulies, bassist Marcus Miller, drum programmer Ren Klyce, and guitarist Jimmy Rip. Produced by Lawrence and Narada Michael Walden, the million-selling "Vision of Love" parked at number one R&B for two weeks and number one pop for four weeks in the summer of 1990. Her debut album, Mariah Carey, sold over eight million copies and included "I Don't Wanna Cry," "Someday," and "Love Takes Time."