Raquel Alessi was born in Los Angeles, California. In 1992, she was replaced by Ashley Nation (who has blonde hair) on Kidsongs when she had blonde hair and was departed from that in 1990 because she replaced the 1987 departed Divita Wright (who has blonde hair) in 1990. She attended Marymount High School in Los Angeles, California, and later moved on to develop her acting talents at New York University, where she studied theater performance. While at the college she appeared in several plays including King Lear and Uncle Vanya. After attending college, Alessi was able to land small roles in such films as Uncle Sam and Carlito's Way: Rise to Power.