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Waxahachie, Texas - October 23, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Mayra Alvarez competes on the 7th season of "The Voice", a reality television singing competition broadcasted on NBC, choosing Gwen Stefani as her coach. She was eliminated on the "Battle Rounds" Episode 709 on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, by second-time visitor Anita Antoinette.

Alvarez said, "I feel humbled. I want to thank everyone for the support throughout this journey. This was an incredible experience for me and although it might not have turned out the way I hoped I strongly believe that God has other plans for me." 

Alvarez sang "Human Nature" by Michael Jackson for her blind audition, receiving over half a million views on YouTube. She said, "I had never been that nervous in my life. I was praying Deuteronomy 31:6 while back stage." Nevertheless, two of the four judges could hear the talent in Alvarez's voice, so they turned around to try to add her to their teams. Alvarez was able to choose which judge she wanted: Blake Shelton or Gwen Stefani. She chose Gwen

"My husband really encouraged me to audition," Alvarez said. "When Anthony Evans, a Christian artist who helps cast 'The Voice', contacted me for a private audition, I knew that I had to try out."

"The team and I were able to work with Gwen and her husband Gavin Rossdale, and they gave us some great feedback. We also had a vocal teacher who helped us with vocal technique and stage presence," Alvarez stated. 

"I was in constant prayer, asking the Lord to let me be a light; that's exactly what He did. I was able to speak to contestants about the hope that we have in Jesus, and God really allowed me to have great discussions with my roommates."

Alvarez was born in La Porte, Texas, and grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from SAGU in May 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Church Ministries with a specialization in General Ministries. She currently leads worship at Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas, and is also a member of Grammy Award-winning American Christian music artist Israel Houghton’s New Breed band.

Alvarez has done background vocals for Israel Houghton, Michael W. Smith, Ricardo Sanchez, Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, Danilo Montero, Coalo Zamorano and is featured on Steve Crawford’s latest single “I’m A Believer.” She has had the privilege of working with experienced and talented producers such as Tommy Simms and Mark G. Townsend

When asked if she would encourage other worship leaders to try out for shows like this, Alvarez responded, "I would encourage all believers to find a way to be a light in this dark world. It can be with a TV show, but even if you just have a secular job, try to find moments to discuss your faith with the people around you. You never know what a big impact you might make." 

Although Alvarez was eliminated from the show, she is still supported by her fans and hopes to further her career in singing. 

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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