Leporace was born in 1949, in the suburb of Rio known as Ipanema. She has a sister, Marianna Leporace, who is a singer and actress in Brazil.
Leporace has featured regularly in much of her husband's group's releases over the last four decades and, most recently, can be heard as the Portuguese-singing female vocal in the hit "Mas que Nada" (featuring The Black Eyed Peas) from the 2006 album Timeless and in the Baden Powell de Aquino composition "Berimbau/Consolação" from the same album, in which she provides the lead vocal.
Along with her work with Sergio Mendes, she was a member of the Bossa Nova group known in the early '70's as Bossa Rio.
Leporace has two sons with Mendes, Gustavo and Tiago. They currently reside in a suburb of Los Angeles, California.
- 1968 Gracinha Leporace, Philips
- Last.fm biography of Gracinha Leporace
- Video of Gracinha from 1979
- Audio of Berimbau/Consolação from 2006
- Photo of Gracinha from a 1967 magazine cover
- Photo of Gracinha from the 2008 Cape Town International Jazz Festival