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Leslie Grace talks new album ‘Lloviendo Estrellas’

Leslie Grace is the Princess of Bachata with a new album ‘Lloviendo Estrellas’ and new label, Sony Music Latin.Kevin C. Downs/for New York Daily News

Leslie Grace is the Princess of Bachata with a new album ‘Lloviendo Estrellas’ and new label, Sony Music Latin.

The self-styled Princess of Bachata has grown up gracefully – and quickly.

With the release of her latest album, “Lloviendo Estrellas,” under a new label, singer Leslie Grace is trying to live up to her royal title as she competes in a male-dominated genre while expanding to new markets overseas.

“This is the first project under my new Sony Music Latin label, and it gives me the opportunity to do what I wasn’t able to do with my last album, ‘Leslie Grace,’ which was to take the music internationally to Latin America and other territories,” Grace tells Viva.

The Bronx-born, Dominican singer, 20, became a star in late 2012 when she was just a teen, putting her bachata spin on 1960s pop classics “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Be My Baby.”

Yet her fans overseas couldn’t purchase the songs either digitally or on CD, according to Grace. To make up for that, the singer says the international version of “Lloviendo Estrellas,” which was released in late June, features five songs from the “Leslie Grace” album – including “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” – in addition to seven new songs.

“I have fan clubs via social media that write me every day from Chile, Venezuela, Central America, where the music wasn’t available,” Grace says.

Leslie Grace is making her mark at the Princess of Bachata in a male-dominated genre.Kevin C. Downs/for New York Daily News

Leslie Grace is making her mark at the Princess of Bachata in a male-dominated genre.

“They’ve been waiting for a long time for new music and to be able to own the old music, so we wanted to make it a full EP and add (some) of the old hits from the last album so they could have a little bit of both.”

Her latest single, “Como Duele El Silencio,” is a prime example of how much she’s grown as an artist since her initial splash. It’s one of several new songs she cowrote to create a more soulful, sophisticated sound.

“I’ve also matured in the sense of having a ‘voice,’ “Grace says. “We see it all the time with young artists who get lost because they slowly lose or they never discover their voice, meaning their opinion.

“When you’re growing up in this industry you have to know exactly what it is that you want, because at the end of the day you’re the one that has to defend it and wear it well in front of everyone else.”

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