Paula is of Jewish descent.
"On Judaism and Israel
Paula is a practicing Jew  and is proud of her Jewish heritage. She has said, "Not many people know, but both my parents are Jewish, I am very excited about telling you this." Even though her dad is from Syria, an Arab country, Abdul has stated that it was her dream to visit Israel and said, "My father is a Syrian Jew whose family immigrated to Brazil. My mother is Canadian with Jewish roots. My dream is to come to Israel for a real holiday." Israeli Tourist Minister Isaac Herzog invited her to Israel during a Hanukkah festival, to which Abdul responded with a hug, adding, "I will come; you have helped me make my dream come true.
"Abdul was born June 19, 1962 in the San Fernando Valley, to Harry Abdul, a former livestock trader and owner of a sand and gravel business, and Lorraine Rykiss, a concert pianist who once worked as film director Billy Wilder's assistant. Her father is a Syrian Jew who was born in Syria, raised in Brazil, and subsequently emigrated to the U.S. Abdul's mother, Lorraine Rykiss, is also Jewish and originally from Saint Boniface, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her maternal grandfather was named William Rykiss and was a proprieter of the general store in Minnedosa, Manitoba.
Mariah is of Irish, Afro-Venezuelan descent,
"Carey was born in Huntington, Long Island, New York. She is the third and youngest child of Patricia Hickey, a former opera singer and vocal coach of Irish descent, and Alfred Roy Carey (Nuñez), an aeronautical engineer of Afro-Venezuelan descent. Carey's parents divorced when she was three years old. While living in Huntington, racist neighbors allegedly poisoned the family dog and set fire to her family's car. After her parents' divorce, Carey had little contact with her father, and her mother worked several jobs to support the family. She spent much of her time at home alone, and turned to music to occupy herself. She began singing at around the age of three, when her mother began to teach her after Carey imitated her mother practicing Verdi's opera Rigoletto in Italian"