Miracles can happen if you just believe. You learned this lesson 15 years ago today, when you first heard Myra's 2001 song "Miracles Happen (When You Believe)" in The Princess Diaries. With inspiring lyrics like "I don't need wings to help me fly," it was the perfect theme song to Mia Thermopolis's transformation into Princess of Genovia.
Back in the day, the tune was in heavy rotation on Radio Disney. Its music video was appropriately filmed in a Limited Too, the mecca of all things cool and sparkly for tween girls in the early 2000s.
At age 15, Myra's killer vocals scored her a record deal with Buena Vista and Walt Disney, and her self-titled debut came out June 8, 2001. Spanish is her native language, so she also released a Spanish version titled Milagros. (Fun fact: Before signing with Disney, young Myra released a mariachi album, Mensajera del Amór, under the name Mayra Caról.)
"Miracles Happen" and her cover of "Dancing in the Street" were her first — and sadly, only — mainstream singles. The latter was featured in Disney's Recess: School's Out and Gotta Kick It Up! movies. Perhaps you remember this music video? It only played on Disney Channel, like, every half hour.
At the time, Myra's music garnered enough buzz to land her a spot on the Radio Disney Live! Tour with Aaron Carter, A*Teens, and Baha Men. She even had a minor role in Max Keeble's Big Move. Man, what a throwback.
She continued making music on and off after her Disney years. In 2007, she contributed several songs to Costa Nuestra, a Latin hip-hop compilation album. She collaborated with Veze Skante for "Back to You," and in 2010, she sang on Ricky Luna's "Gol!"
Her daughter, Jadah, is absolutely precious, by the way.
Oh yeah, that's Myra in the studio. According to her Instagram -- bio: "Disney's 1st Princess" -- we can expect to hear more from her in the near future.
"Finally getting ready to build my studio," she wrote in February. "It's been a long time coming, but I'm starting now. Running into all these amazing memories are making it that much more exciting. A friend said to me yesterday, ‘You don't give yourself enough credit.' I will change that now too."