iLe is the daughter of actress Flor Joglar de Gracia and musician and producer José Cabra González. She is a formally trained singer. Her vocal and piano studies began while she was still in elementary school, where she sang in choir. In high school, she worked with Puerto Rican soprano Hilda Ramos and Cuban singer Gema Corredera
(the latter of Gema y Pavel
). Her greatest influence is the singer La Lupe
. At 16, Residente picked her up from school and asked her to sing on a demo he and Visitante were working on. The track "La Aguacatona" became Calle 13
's calling card and they were signed to White Lion Records
. Though younger than her brothers, she nonetheless became a collaborator on their singles and albums, and was featured in their videos. When not in school, she toured with Calle 13
as well, becoming an integral part of their stage show in several solo spots.
In 2012, she participated in Puerto Rico's Banco Popular TV Christmas Special, and was chosen by boxer Miguel Cotto to sing the Puerto Rican National Anthem prior to his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
In 2015, iLe announced her stage name and that she was recording a solo album of Afro-Caribbean boleros, bugalus, mambos and, danzons with co-producer Ismael Cancel. Most were classic tunes, but there were also songs written by her father, sister, and grandmother. The set featured some of Puerto Rico's most famous musicians, including her father, brothers, Cheo Feliciano
(in his final recorded appearance), Piro Rodríguez, Charlie Sepulveda
, Bayrex Jiménez, and Ciro's Fofé Abreu. Her first single and video, "Canibal," was issued in April, followed by the release of the full-iLevitable in June, which placed in the Top 15 of the Latin albums charts. In July, she followed it with the Kacho Lopez-directed video for "Te Quiero con Bugalú." ~ Thom Jurek