Mariah Carey Wrote and Performed the Theme Song for ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ Spinoff, ‘Mixed-ish’

TCA 2019: “In the Mix” kicks off new Kenya Barris series premiere in September

Last Updated: August 5, 2019 @ 9:03 AM

Mariah Carey is lending her voice — and her songwriting — to ABC’s upcoming “Black-ish” spinoff “Mixed-ish.”

The Grammy-winning artist wrote and recorded a new track for the show’s theme song. “In the Mix” will debut along with the first episode of “Mixed-ish” on Sept. 24 at 9/8c on ABC.

“As a fan of Kenya Barris’ megahit shows, ‘black-ish’ and ‘grown-ish,’ I was inspired to connect with Kenya to find a way we could work together,” Carey said. “As a biracial woman in the entertainment industry, there was no way I did not want to be a part of ‘mixed-ish,’ especially after seeing the pilot, which I loved. I could not be more honored and proud to be writing and performing ‘In the Mix’ for Kenya and the show.”

According to ABC, the series follows Rainbow Johnson as she recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s and the dilemmas they face to acclimate in the suburbs while staying true to themselves. Bow’s parents, Paul and Alicia, decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.

“Mixed-ish” stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Paul Johnson, Tika Sumpter as Alicia Johnson, Christina Anthony as Denise, Arica Himmel as Bow Johnson, Ethan William Childress as Johan Johnson, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica Johnson and Gary Cole as Harrison.

An ABC Studios production, Karin Gist, Peter Saji and Kenya Barris write and executive produce, along with Tracee Ellis Ross, Randall Winston, Artists First (Brian Dobbins), Cinema Gypsy (Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland) and Anthony Anderson. Anton Cropper directed the pilot.

“Mixed-ish” premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24 on ABC.