At the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas last week, we spoke to bachata star Leslie Grace and rising pop singer-songwriter Raquel Sofia about how they celebrate Thanksgiving and what they’re most grateful for this year. Of course, awards are cool, but what these two seem to value above everything else is their family.
How will you be spending your Thanksgiving holiday? Hopefully in a food coma, surrounded by your loved ones, and with lots of great music! Don’t miss our Latin-flavored turkey day playlist here.
“There’s so much food in my house. We’re always eating, dancing, and we sing karaoke. Something that we do is that we invite every person we know — friends, family — who doesn’t have a place to go. I don’t cook, I’m horrible [in the kitchen]. I help with the DJ’ing and the entertainment, that’s my department. Mom usually likes me to sing like Mariah Carey or Beyoncé; “Halo” is one of her favorite songs. She’s like “mija, canta esa canción que tu la cantas tan linda!” [sing that song because you sing it so lovely!] so I try to make her happy.
I’m thankful for a lot of things, I don’t think I can choose one. I’m grateful for my family, for their health — that’s one thing that you can’t really control, so I’m just thankful to God that he gives us the opportunity to wake up every morning and that we’re safe. There’s so many crazy things that are going on in the world, so I’m just happy that I can spend every day with them, that I can travel with my parents, that I have such a great support system and the love of the people out there that support my career as well.”
“First of all, in Puerto Rico it’s pronounced, “San-giving,” so I San-giving spend it with my family. We go to a villa in Dorado and we spend quality time together. I’m a vegetarian so one of the traditions is for everyone to try to feed me turkey and I fight them off (laughs).
I’m grateful that I’m surrounded by people that I love and that love me. It’s an incredible feeling. I’m thankful for the good and bad times this year because they’ve brought me right where I need to be, which is here.”