Dominican-American Bronxite Leslie Grace Is Topping the Music Charts

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Bronx music sensation Leslie Grace continues to wow fans, old and new alike, with her unique blend of Doo-wop and bachata – the music from her parents’ homeland of Dominican Republic.

Known as La Princesa de la Bachata (the Princess of Bachata), Leslie Grace is yet another one of the many success stories to come out from the Bronx all the while doing it as a positive role model for our youth.

César Vargas, founder of United People for Latinos in Film, TV and Theater (UPLIFTT), says Grace, “…hit it out of the ballpark with that launch” referring to her debut hit, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”.

“The three best bachata acts from the States have come from the Bronx. Aventura, Prince Royce, and Leslie Grace”, Vargas, who managed one of the largest Bachata Facebook pages, went on to say about the singer.

Fans on YouTube also dished out some praises. One gentleman said, ”
I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO THIS SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it…I love the throw back feel…! Great use of a great classic!”

Another one spoke about her appearance by saying, “She presents herself like a lady. I like it!”

This was something that really struck a cord with me since it is a relief to see that since the mainstream media is saturated with the sexualization of women and in particular Latinas (one of the many topics which the folks at UPLIFTT cover)

So with that being said, remember to UPLIFTT our locally, home grown talent!

Check out the article below from Voxxi:

Leslie Grace, ‘Princess of Bachata,’ shines with new hit ‘Be My Baby’

Published on August 2nd, 2013
Written by: Federica Longo

Leslie Grace has come to be known as the “Princess of Bachata.”

This young girl from the Bronx puts a different twist on things, mixing classic hits from the ’60s with bachata in both English and Spanish.

The daughter of Dominican parents, Grace’s move from her birth city of Davie, Fla., to the Bronx in New York City could explain the uniqueness of her sound. Since the age of two, Grace has been entertaining her five siblings along with her parents, who could only see the inevitable talent she was bound to share with the world.

Leslie Grace sings to the top

The bilingual artist has been hard at work since last year’s Premios Juventud when she released her first single, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” With the release of her new hit album, “Leslie Grace,” this Dominicana is living the dream.

Her modern-day version of “Be My Baby” includes Spanglish lyrics along with the Dominican rhythms for which Grace is becoming so well known. Her musical style continues to top the charts, allowing people to fall in love with her music one song at a time. The song is currently a top 10 single, taking over the radio and climbing up the charts in both the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Recently having performed her new hit “Be My Baby” at the 2013 Premios Juventud award show, the 18-year-old was able to capture the audience with her voice and performance.

Along with the new song’s success, the album “Leslie Grace” remains in the No. 5 position on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart in its third week of being released. The album includes 11 songs sure to satisfy the ear of people with different tastes. There is a mix of pop and bachata throughout the entire album, along with her famous Spanglish lyrics.

The Dominicana makes history

Back in 2012, the then 17-year-old made Billboard chart history, becoming the youngest female singer to reach a Latin radio No. 1 spot, as “Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow.”

So young and doing so well, the young artist is sure to stay around and shine while giving us all a little of her Dominican flavor.

The new album “Leslie Grace” is available on iTunes. Keep up with “La Princesa de la Bachata” by following herFacebook and Twitter accounts.

Listen to Leslie Grace’s ‘Be My Baby’

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.