Leslie Grace Martinez was born to Dominican parents on January 7, 1995 in The Bronx and raised in Davie, Florida. Singing and dancing since early childhood, she participated in musicals, talent shows and choral performances throughout middle and high school. Since signing her first recording contract at age 16, she has become a prominent force in Latin and Tropical Music. With her first single release, a bilingual cover of The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”, she became the youngest Latin female artist in history to score a #1 single on the Billboard Latin music charts. Leslie has received three Latin Grammy nominations, three Billboard Latin Music Awards nominations and won Best Tropical Female Artist at the 2016 Lo Nuestro Award. She has toured throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. She has charted a total of 14 singles in English and Spanish, and her self-titled debut albumreached#4 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart. Currently signed to Sony Music, she has several new singles set for release in the summer of 2019.
In April 2019, it was announced that Leslie will be starring as Nina in the 2020 film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award winning musical In The Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians). It marks her first lead role as an actress in a major motion picture.