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Overview (4)

Born in Long Island, New York, USA
Birth NameRaquel Magdalena Castro
Nickname Kel
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Raquel's path in the entertainment world was nurtured and encouraged from an early age. By age 4 she was regularly appearing on "Sesame Street" and "Nick Jr." Then at age 7 she became a breakout star when she played the lead role in the feature film "Jersey Girl" alongside megastars Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.

Raquel charmed the talk-show circuit appearing as a guest on "Ellen" and "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. She co-hosted with Ryan Seacrest on "On Air with Ryan Seacrest." At age 10, Raquel was appointed the youngest correspondent ever for Entertainment Tonight's Kid's Choice Awards, where she had the opportunity to interview high-profile celebrities including Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Queen Latifah, and Adam Sandler. Her acting career continued to flourish as she guest-starred in "Law & Order SVU" and appeared in the world premiere of Broadway's "White Christmas" as Susan Waverly. She also made her music-video debut as "Little Nicole" in Ludacris/Mary J. Blige's video "Runaway Love."

Her first grown-up role was the love interest in Rosie O'Donnell's Lifetime movie "America." She co-starred in the Canadian TV show "Winging It," in which she debuted one of her original songs.

After she competed on "The Voice," Raquel's YouTube channel "raquelcx3" garnered 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 shows her versatility as a bilingual/Spanish singer.

Raquel had a recurring role on Fox's hit show "Empire" as Marisol, a member of Hakeem and Cookie's girl group Mirage' A Trois, a role that cemented her as an acting/singing/dancing triple threat. With three songs on Sony's "Empire" soundtrack and a collaboration with Becky G on the single "Do It," she is definitely making strides on her musical journey.

Having just landed the theme song for the new Netflix animated series "Carmen Sandiego," a hit song on BPM Radio, and another #1 on Billboard's dance chart with the Zack Martino/Disco Fries remix of "U Make Me", Raquel is headed in the right direction.

Whether it be acting, singing, dancing or songwriting, Raquel has had many moments of great success. Although her first professional platform into the music industry was at age 16 as a finalist on Christina Aguilera's team on Season 1 of "The Voice," she had a full-circle moment when she recently returned to NBC on Season 2 of "Songland" and had the incredible opportunity to pitch a song she wrote in front of Grammy-winning producers Ryan Tedder, Shane McAnally, and Ester Dean, as well as R&B artist "H.E.R." Raquel worked one-on-one with Ryan Tedder, and her song "Wrong Places" was chosen by "H.E.R.," which landed Raquel her first placement with a major artist. "Wrong Places" currently has 5.2 million streams and counting.

In 2020, Raquel signed with Jason Boyarski, a top entertainment music attorney at Boyarski Fritz.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kathy Castro

Family (2)

Parents Kathy Castro
Albee Castro
Relatives David Castro (sibling)
Anthony (sibling)

Trivia (18)

She is half Puerto Rican, a quarter Italian and a quarter Jewish.
Her older brother Anthony is in the Airforce.
She is the fourth of five children, with two older sisters, an older brother and a younger brother.
Parents: Albee and Kathy Castro.
Attended New Lane Memorial elementary school.
Older sister of actor David Castro.
She prefers to be called Kel rather than Raquel.
She was on the dance competition team at Michelle Ferraro's Dance USA and has won first place in jazz, hip hop, tap and lyrical.
May of 2011 Raquel appeared on the NBC show "The Voice" and was selected by Christina Aguilera to be on her team in the competition.
Raquel is working on her album and releasing her first single, which she co-wrote.
Raquel Castro was a finalist on Christina Aguilera's team on season 1 of NBC The Voice.
Los Angeles, CA, USA: Pursuing her acting and musical career [September 2013]
She has a teacup Pomeranian named Karma.
At age 10, Raquel was appointed the youngest correspondent ever for Entertainment Tonight (1981) covering the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '05 (2005), where she had the opportunity to interview high-profile celebrities including Jim Carrey, Queen Latifah, Cameron Diaz, and Adam Sandler.
Her first grown-up role was playing the love interest in Rosie O'Donnell's Lifetime movie America (2009). She co-starred in Wingin' It (2010), where she debuted one of her original songs.
She had a recurring role on Fox's hit show Empire (2015) as Marisol in Hakeem's & Cookie's girl group Mirage' A Trois.
She made her first music video debut as "Little Nicole" in Ludacris Feat. Mary J. Blige: Runaway Love (2006).
Sings the theme song for Carmen Sandiego (2019).

Personal Quotes (1)

Music isn't what I do, It's who I am.

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