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LIer Raquel Castro returns to FOX's 'Empire' this week

Raquel Castro, a Long Island native with a

Raquel Castro, a Long Island native with a recurring role on FOX's hit show "Empire," returns on the Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 episode. Here, she attends the NBA 2K14 premiere party at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood, California, on Sept. 24, 2013. Credit: Getty Images / Charley Gallay

Port Jefferson Station's Raquel Castro returns to Fox's "Empire" Wednesday night as Marisol from the fictional girl group Mirage a Trois, just as she's making some very real noise with her music career.

"Mimosa" from Mirage a Trois will be released after the new episode of "Empire" airs. It's a Latin-tinged club banger that includes a chant of "Bottoms up! Bottoms up!" from the group that's been schooled in choreography and push-ups by Cookie herself.

And though Mirage a Trois lost its lead singer Valentina, played by Becky G, in one of the many Lyon family power plays, the group seems set to stick around this season, with new lead singer Laura, played by Jamila Velazquez. That means maybe more of Castro's character Marisol beyond complaining about stolen solos and appearing on the song "Do It."

Back in the real world, Castro's video for "Young & Dumb" (Roc Cartel) has already been promoted on Vevo and it's been remixed by Mixed Breed, though the new version keeps the original's early Shakira vibe and clever lyrics intact.

Castro's "Empire" appearance earlier this month even drew praise from her former coach on "The Voice" Christina Aguilera, who touted both the show and the new single. " Love seeing where my girls from #TeamXtina blossom after #TheVoice," Aguilera tweeted.

In addition to "Empire" and appearances on Disney's "Liv and Maddie," the 20-year-old is working on her debut album, which she expects to drop early next year.

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