Raquel Castro, the lovable and charming actress who captured our hearts in the movie "Jersey Girl", showcased her remarkable singing and dance talent to the world on season one of NBC's hit show "The Voice." As a finalist on Christina's team, Raquel recalls her most memorable stage moment: "Performing "Lady Marmalade" with Christina Aguilera and the team.
Raquel was born in Long Island, NY, on November 17, 1994 to an Italian mother and Puerto Rican father. With her father being a singer-songwriter and her mother an acting coach, Raquel's path to stardom was nurtured and encouraged from an early age. By age four, she was regularly appearing on Sesame Street and Nick Jr.
However, at age seven, Raquel became a breakout star playing the lead role in Kevin Smith's feature film, "Jersey Girl", alongside megastars Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Raquel also had the opportunity to debut her singing with Steven Sondheim's "God That's Good" in a scene with Ben Affleck , George Carlin, and Liv Tyler.
Raquel charmed the talk-show circuit appearing as a guest on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, Ellen and The Sharon Osborne show. She was also a guest star and co-host with Ryan Seacrest on his show "On Air" with Ryan Seacrest.
At age 10, Raquel was appointed the youngest correspondent ever for Entertainment Tonight, where she had the opportunity to interview high-profile celebrities, Paula Abdul, Jim Carey, Cameron Diaz, Queen Latifah, Adam Sandler, Mary Kate and Ashley, Hilary Duff and more at the "Kid's Choice Awards".
Raquel's acting career continued to flourish, as she appeared/guest starred in Law & Order SVU, and the world premiere of Broadway's "White Christmas" as Susan Waverly. She also made her first music video debut featured as "Little Nicole" in Ludacris/ Mary J. Blige video "Runaway Love."
Her first grown-up role was playing Liza, in Rosie O’Donnell’s Lifetime movie "America." Raquel debut her first original song in the role of Jen Jen, which she guest-starred on the Canadian TV show "Winging It".
After competing on NBC's "The Voice", Raquel's online popularity has blossomed. Her You Tube channel has garnished over a million views and a contribution to that popularity is her cover of Christina' Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" as well as Selena's "Amor Prohibido" which showed her versatility as a bilingual/Spanish singer. Another dream came true when Raquel opened for the artist "Miguel" at Rye Playland.
More recently Raquel guest-starred on Blue Bloods, MTV’s Awkward, has a recurring role on the Fox hit show "Empire" In Cookie & Hakeem’s Latin Girl group as Marisol in Latina girl group, Mirage À Trois , and Disney's Liv & Maddie as South Salamanca.
Her recent release "From No Where" based on the award winning play by Kate Ballen, and directed by Australia's Matthew Newton, which sheds light on young illegal immigrants lost in the system, has garnished several awards.
Raquel as Lori in Lifetime's "TEN" Director/Writer: Chris Robert/Producers: Clay Pecorin, Russell Geyser Based on the novel "Ten" by Gretchen McNeil, and just completed "Green Dolphin" executive produced by Keanu Reeves. Raquel signed on to film "Stronger Than Pretty", a feature based on the award winning short, and Loving Brooklyn June 2018.
In this next chapter, Raquel is dedicating herself to her music. Her music style is HIP-POP with a fun urban flavor. "I wan’t my music to be honest and relatable with a feel good/fun vibe." Raquel has always looked up to artists like Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Selena and of course Jennifer Lopez. Raquel recently released the single Young & Dumb with label , "Roc Cartel", and had a #1 Billboard Dance chart with a feature on the single "Places" with Greek DJ Xenia Ghali. She is currently freelancing and co-writing with various writer/producers and is an Emerging Artist on the new network "Indistry TV" https://www.indistrytv.com/