Zayra Alvarez (b. December 11, 1978) is a Puerto Rican born musician currently based in Texas. She was born to Luis Cruz and Ana Dones Torres and grew up in the coastal town of Arroyo. Along with her older sister Liza, she took part in talent shows and school plays. At age 14, she started playing in different bands on a quest for self-discovery. After a few years, her parents forced her to choose a career and go to college.