It was evident at an early age that Ana Laura Chávez had a promising future in music. The first time she sang in church was in 1989, when she was only three years old. But while she could barely hold the microphone, Ana Laura was hooked, and her family knew she had a special gift. At six, her parents started her on piano lessons, and the following year, began voice lessons. Now eighteen, this young vocal powerhouse has almost two decades performing under her belt, to both English and Spanish speaking audiences all over the world. Her Spring 2006 debut release for Reunion Records, promises to reveal a phenomenal talent ready to be unleashed on a massive worldwide audience.
Having been raised in a Christian home, Ana Laura was eight years old when she turned her life over to Christ. Naturally, she continued singing and playing the piano for special music in numerous church services. During these early years, she would sing at churches in the Brownsville area, throughout the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, Cleburne and Keene, Texas, as well as in Mexico, in places such as Guadalajara, Montemorelos, and Matamoros. Then in June 2001, she finally recorded her debut album, Closer, a project with twelve original songs, ten that she performed in English and two in Spanish.
There are many highlights in Ana Laura’s music ministry. One is her continuing participation in the “Amiguitos de Jesús” children’s program in Spanish, which is airing its third season on the 3ABN Latino network. For each of the last three years, a group of over 30 children and adults has been traveling to Southern Illinois, where they spend five to six weeks from late May to early July videotaping the program. The show focuses on teaching Spanish-speaking children the essence of Christian character by focusing on a word, called “la palabra clave” (the key word) for the day. Ana Laura has been the hostess for the musical segment, which closes the show with a song that illustrates the key word.
In August of 2003, Ana Laura participated with Yami Bazán and the Southern California Conference in their 2003 Youth event with Pastor José Rojas. “Working with Pastor Rojas was very special,” says Ana Laura, “because he is such a dynamic speaker and such a wonderful person.” She also had the opportunity to partner with Pastor Alejandro Bullón in the “La Red 2003” world-wide evangelistic conference held in New York City September 27 to October 4, 2003. Throughout the week, Pastor Bullón would invite Ana Laura to come up and sing the appeal song for the night. “It was a great experience to work beside Pastor Bullón. He is a sweet, sweet man,” recalls Ana Laura.
Ana Laura came to the attention of the Christian music industry through her participation in the nation-wide Christian Music Talent Search, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Ana Laura entered the contest in July 2003 by submitting one of the songs from her album via Internet. With that song, she qualified for the Mercedes, Texas semifinals. Since there weren’t enough semifinalists for Mercedes, she had to go to San Antonio, where she won first place in the soloist category, thus qualifying for the finals in Nashville. In March of 2004, Ana Laura went to Nashville to compete in the finals, where she won first place among all the 57 bands, groups and soloists from around the country. The grand prize was an exclusive recording contract with Provident Label Group, home to such Christian artists as Michael W. Smith, Joy Williams, Jars of Clay, Third Day, Casting Crowns, and many others.
Ana Laura has always had a desire to praise the Name of the Lord, not only with her musical talent, but also with her life. She hopes her music touches hearts and helps bring many people closer to Jesus. Ana Laura and her family are grateful to God for the opportunity to praise His name through her musical ministry.