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Mayra Caról Ambriz Quintana (born May 21, 1986 in Los Angeles, California), better known under the mononym Myra, is an American singer, dancer and choreographer of Mexican descent. She is the first Latina artist to have been signed to Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records.[1] She is best known for her 2001 singles, "Dancing in the Street" for Recess: School's Out and "Miracles Happen (When You Believe)" for the film The Princess Diaries.

Myra
Birth nameMayra Caról Ambriz Quintana
Also known asMyra
Born (1986-05-21) May 21, 1986 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California
OriginBurbank, California
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1997–present
LabelsBuena Vista Records/Hollywood Records

CareerEdit

Myra began singing at age 9; her first album was the mariachi album Mensajera del Amór,[2] released by Briaz Promotions in 1997. At the time of its release, she was known as Mayra Caról.[2]

In May 2000, Myra was signed to Walt Disney Records.[3] Her first single was "Magic Carpet Ride", which was released May 23, 2000 as a part of the La Vida Mickey album.[3]

Myra rose to prominence in 2001 for a recording a cover of Martha and the Vandellas's "Dancing in the Street" for the soundtrack to the 2001 film Recess: School's Out. The song was the first single released from her self-titled album Myra which was released on June 26, 2001. The second single from the album, "Miracles Happen (When You Believe)", was also featured in the film The Princess Diaries.[2][4] Walden, producer of multi-platinum pop hits for Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin, produced four songs for her first album.[3]

In October 2001, Myra made an appearance in the film Max Keeble's Big Move as Chelsea.[2] During this time, she toured with Aaron Carter, opening for his 2000-2001 "Party" Tour.[5] She was also a featured artist during the Radio Disney Live! 2001 World Tour.[6]

In 2007, Myra was featured on the single, "Back To You" by Chicano rapper Veze Skante, that was included on the compilation album La Costa Nuestra. The single saw commercial success within the Chicano community and was accompanied by a music video which was heavily rotated on MTV Tr3s's Mi TRL.[citation needed] The following year, Myra was featured as a guest artist on a track by another Chicano rapper, Mal Hablado.

Personal lifeEdit

Myra had a daughter, Jadah, in 2011, and attended college.[2]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Released Label Details
Mensajera del Amór August 1, 1997 Briza Promotions
Myra June 26, 2001 Buena Vista Records[2]
Milagros[2] October 16, 2001 Hollywood Records
Myra+more 2001 Buena Vista Records 3 songs[2]

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details
Introducing Myra
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Buena Vista Records
Singles
Song Album Label
"Dancing in the Street" Myra Buena Vista Records
"Miracles Happen (When You Believe)" Myra Buena Vista Records

Avex Trax

"Hanging Up on You" Radio Disney Mighty Music CD Buena Vista Records
"Siempre Hay Milagros" Milagros Hollywood Records
"Bailando en La Ciudad" Milagros Hollywood Records
"Lie, Lie, Lie" † Myra/Myra+more Avex Trax
"Step Into The Light" † Myra+more Avex Trax
"You're The Dream" † Myra+more Avex Trax
"Get on Your Way" La Costa Nuestra Machete Music

† = Japan only

Music videos
Song Album Director Choreography
"Dancing in the Street" Myra Scott Marshall Darrin Henson
"Miracles Happen (When You Believe)" Myra Scott Marshall Darrin Henson
"Lie, Lie, Lie" † Myra/Myra+more Avex Trax
"Step Into The Light" † Myra/Myra+more Avex Trax
"Back to You" La Costa Nuestra Jessy Terrero

† = Japan only

Featured artist
Song Artist Album Label Year
"Back to You" Veze Skante La Costa Nuestra Machete Music 2007
"Confessing My Love" Mal Hablado Bad Mouth Thump Records 2008
"Gol!" Ricky Luna Single Signal Flow Music, Inc 2010
"Vibin'" Rey y Kaye Single Hit Box Music 2017
Original soundtracks
Album Song(s) Release date
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea "Parte de El (Part of Your World)" September 19, 2000
102 Dalmatians "Puppy Love" November 7, 2000
Recess: School's Out "Dancing in the Street" January 13, 2001
Pokémon the Johto Journeys: Música Original de la Serie de TV, Vol. 2 "Pikachu, Eres Tú" January 23, 2001
The Princess Diaries "Miracles Happen (When You Believe)" July 24, 2001
Max Keeble's Big Move "Girls Like Boyz" October 5, 2001
Compilation sets
Album Song(s) Release date
La Vida Mickey "Magic Carpet Ride" May 9, 2000[3]
Mickey's Dance Party "Mickey's Got The Beat (Dancing In The Street)" August 28, 2001
School's Out!: Christmas "Christmas Isn't Christmas (Since You Said Goodbye)"

"One Small Voice (feat. Taylor Momsen & Camille Winbush) "Very First Christmas Love"

August 29, 2002
Radio Disney Holiday Jams "Frosty the Snowman" December 8, 2002
La Costa Nuestra "Get on Your Way"

"Back to You" (Veze Skante feat. Myra)

October 30, 2007

FilmographyEdit

Film roles
Year Title Role Production company
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Chelsea Walt Disney Pictures

Karz Entertainment

Buena Vista Pictures

AwardsEdit

  • The single "Miracles Happen (When You Believe)" received an award nomination for Outstanding Song in a Motion Picture Soundtrack at the ALMA Awards in 2002.
  • Myra won the award Female Singer of the Year at Premios Lo Nuestro Gay 2016, hosted by Dorys Presenta and Valeria Montero at Lido's Nightclub in San José, California.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McCormick, Moira (June 24, 2000). "Disney's 1st Teen Signing, Myra, Is Aimed At An Older audience". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 8, 128. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Lakshmin, Deepa. "Before Selena, Demi, And Miley, There Was Myra — Disney's 'First Princess'". MTV News. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  3. ^ a b c d "Disney Signs First Teen Pop Act Myra". MTV News. May 19, 2000. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media; Taylor, Chuck (2001-07-14). Billboard:The International Newsweekly of Music, Video, and Home Entertainment: Singles. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  5. ^ "Myra's Debut Album Set for June 26 on Buena Vista Records". Legacy Content - Laughing Place. 2001-06-21. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  6. ^ "Aaron Carter To Headline Radio Disney Tour". MTV News. August 20, 2001. Retrieved 2017-10-15.