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LI's Raquel Castro drops new single, joins 'Empire'

Raquel Castro attends the NBA 2K14 premiere party

Raquel Castro attends the NBA 2K14 premiere party at Greystone Manor in Wst Hollywood, California, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Credit: Getty Images / Charley Gallay

Raquel Castro is ready to return to the spotlight.

The 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Port Jefferson Station, best known for her role in "Jersey Girl," released "Young and Dumb," her debut single for Roc Cartel Tuesday night and she will appear on "Empire" for a recurring role in its second season.

"Young and Dumb" has the feel of early Shakira and it shows how Castro has grown as an artist since her days on "The Voice."

"Boy, we could be like Jay Z and B," she sings over a Latin-tinged dance-pop groove. "You could be my king and I could be your queen."

Castro says she decided to sign with Roc Cartel because they not only believed in her song but allowed her "the freedom to develop her own unique sound."

"I want my music to be honest and relatable with a feel-good vibe," she says, adding that her album will be out next year. The video for "Young and Dumb" is finished and set to drop shortly before the "Empire" season premiere on Sept. 23.

Ray De La Garza, president of Roc Cartel, said the public has watched Castro grow up in movies and on TV. "Raquel is the type of true young talent we have been searching for," he said in a statement. "She is a creative inspiration who brings so much to everything she does."

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