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Myra Sky auditioned for “The Voice” as her father prepared for heart surgery

Published: 1:16 pm CDT, May 12, 2014

When Myra Sky heard she was in the final round of auditions for NBC’s “The Voice,” she couldn’t believe that after years of preparation she was on the cusp of her big break.

“Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been deep into music,” she said. “My father has always been my No. 1 fan.”

As she prepared for her final audition, she got an urgent call from her family. Back home in Tennessee, her father was going to undergo emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery.

“I didn’t know if I should continue,” she said. “My dad pushed me to go for it. He told me, ‘Don’t worry about me.’”

At her father’s insistence, Myra continued and advanced to the next round: blind auditions for a panel of celebrity judges. She wasn’t selected, but the experience opened doors that led to the next stage of her career, including the release of her first album and a tour with pop music acts, including Hot Chele Rae and Bridgit Mendler.

Her father has been there to offer support and cheer on her success.

“I make sure he’s walking every day,” she said. “I tell him, ‘You have a new heart now. You’ve been blessed with a new heart now. You’ve got to take care of it.’”

Myra wants to share her life story in hopes that people will understand the importance of taking care of their health.

“It’s not about the music in life that keeps me going to make it big,” she said. “It’s uplifting and inspiring people. It’s the beauty on the inside and your health and being confident. It starts with children and being aware of it at a young age.”

 

 

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