Prince Royce shut it down in Brooklyn Saturday night.
The Bronx-born Dominican, who is opening for Ariana Grande’s highly successful international Honeymoon Tour, returned to New York City to perform in front of his hometown crowd at the Barclays Center.
“New York’s always a great crowd,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s because I’m from here and because I got love here, but New York is always a great show.”
The 26-year-old singer, whose real name is Geoffrey Royce Rojas, released his first English-language pop album “Double Vision” earlier this year following a successful run in the Spanish-language bachata genre.
His rise to fame has caused him to move away from the city he’s called home, but the Big Apple will always be a part of his heart.
“I value New York more now,” he said. “I love to do things that I never did when I lived here … you take it for granted. I love to go out, go on tours, and go to restaurants. I like to see the skyscrapers. Now I definitely come here and explore New York.”
After back-to-back shows at the Barclays Center on Saturday and Sunday the “Break Free” singer -- who sang a duet with Coldplay at the Global Citizens Festival in New York City Saturday before her powerful evening performance in Brooklyn -- takes her world tour across the nation with stops in city’s like Chicago, New Orleans, and Dallas before heading to Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.
"Thank you @coldplay it was an honor to say the least #globalcitizensfestival," Grande captioned a photo.
Prince Royce is along for the ride, putting in hard work, and enjoying every moment of it.
"This isn't Prince Royce's concert and I'm aware that there's a lot of people that might not know who I am," he said of the sold out Grande show filled with young fans rocking her signature cat ears. "But if I don't believe my own story the people are not going to believe it. So I think it all starts with that."
In fact, he captured a precious moment with one of his young and very emotional fans during his time in New York City and wrote, “This is what it’s all about.”
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