Myra (album)

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Myra
Myra album.jpg
Studio album by Myra
Released June 8, 2001 (US)
Recorded 2000–2001
Genre Pop, teen pop, dance-pop
Label Buena Vista
Walt Disney Records
Avex Trax
Producer Bill Meyers
Jay Landers
Myra chronology
Mensajera del Amór
(1997)
Myra
(2001)
Milagros
(2001)

Myra is the debut album by Mexican-American pop singer Myra in the Pop Music Market, released by Buena Vista Records on June 8, 2001. Myra saw two single releases, "Miracles Happen (When You Believe)" and a cover of Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" which were both title tracks for two major motion picture original soundtracks released by Disney within the same year. The album also included the song "As If" which was also recorded by the R&B trio Blaque who was managed by TLC member Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes. Blaque's version was included on the original soundtrack for Bring It On.

In 2002, Myra's self-titled album was re-released in Japan with a fresh new album cover on April 24, 2002. It contained the same track listing as the American release, but included three additional bonus dance remixes of "Lie, Lie, Lie" written and produced by Lauren Christy and Adrian Guevitz from the production group The Matrix. It was released as a single exclusively in Japan, along with its accompanied music video.

On August 22, 2002, Myra's album was re-released for a second time in Japan with yet another album cover. This time the release was to be titled "Myra+more," and included the three bonus dance remixes of "Lie, Lie, Lie" and two additional tracks. Those were "Step Into The Light" and "You're the Dream." "Step Into The Light" was featured on the Japanese commercial for Lux Super Rich which featured the Spanish actress, Penélope Cruz. "Step Into the Light" was remixed by Love to Infinity and included on a house music compilation released by Avex Trax.

"You're the Dream" was chosen as the anthem track for the 2002 Special Olympics which was hosted by Walt Disney Records. "You're the Dream" replaced the song "Wishing on the Same Star" on Myra+More, which at the time Myra had stated which was really close to her heart because it consoled her when she was away from her family when on the road touring.

Album credits[edit]

According to the album credits included on the US release of Myra, it was mixed and recorded at Angel Studios, World Tree Studios, Bananaboat Studios, Next Faze Studios, Signet Soundelux, Beachhouse Studios, Image Recorders, orange studios, Westlake Audio, Studio D Studios, Larrabee West, and Igloo Studios. It was mastered by Eddy Screyer at Oasis Mastering. Jay Landers is credited as Executive Producer for the album, leaving Dani Markman as A&R coordinator and Savina Ciarmella as A&R administrator. Assistant engineers are Chris Brooke, Cesar Ramirez, Christian Robles, Chad Wilfinbarger, Jason Schweitzer and Matt De Silva. Pro-tools engineering is credited to Bill Smith. The album art direction is credited to Gabrielle Raumberger, Epos Inc. in Santa Monica, CA. The album design is credited to Eric Martinez also for Epos Inc. Laurie Steiner-Halperin is listed for primary photographer for the album. Myra's stylist for photography was Cannon, Coliver Piro. Make-up for Myra was provided by Ulli Schober for Celestine, and hairstylist Kali from Celestine is also credited for hairstyle provided to Myra during primary photography for the album.

US release[edit]

Track List Music & Lyrics By Producers Time
1. "Lie, Lie, Lie" Lauren Christy, Adrian Guevitz The Matrix 3:16
2. "Candy Boy" Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards, Scott Spock The Matrix 2:51
3. "Like a Girl in Love" Alain Bertoni, Chris Hamm, and Laura Zonka Chris Hamm and Alain Bertoni for orange entertainment 3:23
4. "Miracles Happen (When You Believe)" Pamela Eileen Sheyne and Eliot John Kennedy Chris Hamm for orange entertainment 5:05
5. "Bye-Bye, My Love" Alain Bertoni and Chris Hamm Alain Bertoni, Chris Hamm for orange entertainment 3:28
6. "25 Hours a Day" Mark Mueller and Guy Roche Guy Roche 4:34
7. "Wishing on the Same Star" Diane Warren Khris Kellow and Bill Meyers for

Studio D Productions / Executive Producer: Dianne Warren

3:28
8. "Dancing in the Street" Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, William "Mickey" Stevenson Keith "K.C." Cohen / Executive Producers: Jay Landers

and Matt Walker

3:55
9. "Where You At?" Alain Bertoni, Chris Hamm Chris Hamm and Alain Bertoni for orange entertainment 3:48
10. "Girls Like Boyz" Keith "K.C." Cohen Keith "K.C." Cohen 3:41
11. "As If" Shelley Peiken, Guy Roche Keith "K.C." Cohen 3:00
12. "Hanging Up on You" Peter McEvilley, Aaron Fishbein, Myra Ambriz, Sam Conti, and Steve Guinn Peter "Swee' Pea" McEvilley and Aaron Fishbein for Swee' Pea Productions 3:02
13. "Dreams" Jon Gibson and Sam Sonti Steve Guinn, Sami Conti, and Peter "Swee' Pea" McEvilley for Swee' Pea Productions 3:55

Japan release (bonus tracks) [2002][edit]

Track List Music & Lyrics By Producers/Remixer(s) Length
1. "Lie, Lie, Lie" Lauren Christy, Adrian Guevitz The Matrix 3:16
2. "Candy Boy" Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards, Scott Spock The Matrix 2:51
3. "Like a Girl in Love" Alain Bertoni, Chris Hamm, and Laura Zonka Chris Hamm and Alain Bertoni for orange entertainment 3:23
4. "Miracles Happen (When You Believe)" Pamela Eileen Sheyne and Eliot John Kennedy Chris Hamm for orange entertainment 5:05
5. "Bye-Bye, My Love" Alain Bertoni and Chris Hamm Alain Bertoni, Chris Hamm for orange entertainment 3:28
6. "25 Hours a Day" Mark Mueller and Guy Roche Guy Roche 4:34
7. "Wishing on the Same Star" Diane Warren Khris Kellow and Bill Meyers for

Studio D Productions / Executive Producer: Dianne Warren

3:28
8. "Dancing in the Street" Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, William "Mickey" Stevenson Keith "K.C." Cohen / Executive Producers: Jay Landers

and Matt Walker

3:55
9. "Where You At?" Alain Bertoni, Chris Hamm Chris Hamm and Alain Bertoni for orange entertainment 3:48
10. "Girls Like Boyz" Keith "K.C." Cohen Keith "K.C." Cohen 3:41
11. "As If" Shelley Peiken, Guy Roche Keith "K.C." Cohen 3:00
12. "Hanging Up on You" Peter McEvilley, Aaron Fishbein, Myra Ambriz, Sam Conti, and Steve Guinn Peter "Swee' Pea" McEvilley and Aaron Fishbein for Swee' Pea Productions 3:02
13. "Dreams" Jon Gibson and Sam Sonti Steve Guinn, Sami Conti, and Peter "Swee' Pea" McEvilley for Swee' Pea Productions 3:55
14. "Lie, Lie, Lie <Mainstream Mix>" Lauren Christy, Adrian Guevitz Akira "Boss" Yokota for (Y&Co.) 5:10
15. "Lie, Lie, Lie <SCHWEITZER Remix>" Lauren Christy, Adrian Guevitz Selju Honmach from SCHWEITZER 7:11
16. "Lie, Lie, Lie <DJ akim in the 90's Mix>" Lauren Christy, Adrian Guevitz DJ akim for MISSION "B" productions 5:40

Myra+more (2002)[edit]

Track List Music & Lyrics By Producers/Remixer(s) Time
1. "Step Into the Light" Michelle Hart, Marc Hugenburger, and Catte Adams Michelle Hart and Marc Hugenburger for Sweethart Productions 4:28
2. "Lie, Lie, Lie" Lauren Christy, Adrian Guevitz The Matrix 3:16
3. "Candy Boy" Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards, Scott Spock The Matrix 2:51
4. "Like a Girl in Love Alain Bertoni, Chris Hamm, and Laura Zonka Chris Hamm and Alain Bertoni for orange entertainment 3:23
5. "Miracles Happen (When You Believe) Pamela Eileen Sheyne and Eliot John Kennedy Chris Hamm for orange entertainment 5:05
6. Bye-Bye, My Love Alain Bertoni and Chris Hamm Alain Bertoni, Chris Hamm for orange entertainment 3:28
7. 25 Hours a Day Mark Mueller and Guy Roche Guy Roche 4:34
8. "Dancing in the Street" Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, William "Mickey" Stevenson Keith "K.C." Cohen / Executive Producers: Jay Landers

and Matt Walker

3:55
9. "Where You At?" Alain Bertoni, Chris Hamm Chris Hamm and Alain Bertoni for orange entertainment 3:48
10. "Girls Like Boyz" Keith "K.C." Cohen Keith "K.C." Cohen 3:41
11. "As If" Shelley Peiken, Guy Roche Keith "K.C." Cohen 3:00
12. "Hanging Up on You" Peter McEvilley, Aaron Fishbein, Myra Ambriz, Sam Conti, and Steve Guinn Peter "Swee' Pea" McEvilley and Aaron Fishbein for Swee' Pea Productions 3:02
13. "Dreams" Jon Gibson and Sam Sonti Steve Guinn, Sami Conti, and Peter "Swee' Pea" McEvilley for Swee' Pea Productions 3:55
14. "You're the Dream (Theme Song for the Special Olympics" John Kavanaugh Paul Freeman and Bob Wackerman for Audio by the Bay Entertainment Group 4:28
15. "Lie, Lie, Lie <Mainstream Mix>" [sic?] Lauren Christy, Adrian Guevitz Akira "Boss" Yokota for (Y&Co.) 5:10
17. "Lie, Lie, Lie <SCHWEITZER Remix>" Lauren Christy, Adrian Guevitz Selju Honmach from SCHWEITZER 7:11
18. "Lie, Lie, Lie <DJ akim in the 90's Mix>" Lauren Christy, Adrian Guevitz DJ akim for MISSION "B" productions 5:40

Reception[edit]

Myra failed to be a charting success, only seeking at #47 on the Top Heatseekers chart; it also met with very little promotion from Buena Vista/Walt Disney Records. Despite this, it was met with positive reviews from music critics, many praising the album for being fun, energetic and playful. Both Allmusic and Yahoo! gave the album a three[1] out of five stars [2] rating.

Singles[edit]

Despite limited success in sales, two singles were released off of the album, both were also part of movie soundtracks.

  • "Dancing in the Street" was the first single, which was also part of Recess: School's Out film soundtrack.

The music video was located in a black and white background in Los Angeles, California with Myra and the dancers dancing with a disc jockey playing music with records and is directed by Scott Marshall and choreographed by Darrin Henson. Another version was made where the video is interplaced with clips of the "Green Tambourine" closing sequence of the movie and Myra performing against a bluescreen displaying clips of the film. This version was featured at the end of the VHS of the film.

  • "Miracles Happen (When You Believe)" was the second single and was also part of the The Princess Diaries film soundtrack.

The music video was located at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills mall in Connecticut and Myra and the girls go to Limited Too for a fashion and shopping spree and meet up with the boys. It was directed by Scott Marshall and choreographed by Darrin Henson.

Spanish version[edit]

Myra's next album, Milagros, is essentially a Spanish version of Myra.