The Co-Writer Of All I Want For Christmas Is You Just Wants Mariah Carey To Acknowledge His Involvement: 'She Does Not Share Credit Where Credit Is Due'
All I Want For Christmas Is You is the number one song in the country for the first time in 25 years since it's been released. Little do some people know, Mariah Carey had help writing the timeless classic from a songwriter named Walter Afanasieff.
Walter collaborated with the songstress on her other hits Hero and One Sweet Day before they wrote the number one Christmas song. Unfortunately, Walter claims that the win is bittersweet on account of the way Mariah has made it seem like she wrote it herself.
In multiple interviews about the tune, Carey describes writing it on her 'little casio keyboard' alone.
In addition to getting little to no acknowledgement from the singer, Afanasieff also has a problem with her fan base, often referred to as the Lambs, anytime he mentions that he helped her with the song.
In an interview with Variety, Walter explains: 'With the crazy, wonderful, miraculous thing that this is in my life for the last 25 years, it has come to a place where it’s almost bittersweet for me because of the fact that I’m constantly, every single year at this same time of the year having to defend myself, because a lot of people just don’t believe that I’m a co-writer of the song. Mariah has been very wonderful, positive and a force of nature. She’s the one that made the song a hit and she’s awesome. But she definitely does not share credit where credit is due.'
Walter goes on to say that he just wants to be able to talk about his involvement (since he legally owns 50 percent off it) without being attacked by the Lambs.
'As a result, it has really hurt my reputation, and as a result, has left me with a bittersweet taste in my mouth. Because here it is, such a wonderful, huge event for me, yet my life is being threatened on the Internet, because Mariah fans are accusing me of stealing from her.'
What do you think about the musician's statements?