Caro Emerald was born on 26th April 1981 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is a Dutch pop and jazz performer who debuted into the world of music in 2009 with her single "Back it Up", only reaching number 13 in the Netherlands charts. However, her second single released in 2009, "A Night Like This", went to number 1. Also having had two number 1 albums and several awards along the way, it soon became evident that Caro Emerald was a very talented woman.
About Caro Emerald
Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw began singing at the age of 12 under the guidance of James Gilloffo. After completing high school, she went on to study at the Amsterdam Conservatory to train as a jazz vocalist and successfully graduated in 2005. During her early years, she also joined girl group, Les Elles, to gain some valuable experience while still under Gilloffo's guidance.
In 2007, Caro was spotted and invited to sing the vocal on a demo that Dutch producer Jan van Wieringen and songwriter/producer David Schreurs were currently making. Both felt that Caro's voice was just what they needed for the song, "Back it Up". Although it was slow to take off commercially, it became a massive YouTube hit that soon sparked the interest of radio stations worldwide. Then when follow-up song, "A Night Like This" went to number 1 it was evident a star had been born.
Caro's music inspiration comes largely from Jazz and Swing artists such as Billie Holiday and the Andrews Sisters which became evident in her own singing style. Releasing her first album, Deleted Scenes From the Cutting Room Floor, in 2010, Caro rose straight to number 1 of the Dutch Album Top 100 Charts and spent 27 weeks there, beating Michael Jackson's record in 1983 with "Thriller". By November 2010 the album had reached four times platinum sales.
Other achievements for Caro Emerald include winning the Popprijs 2010 for best Dutch pop act of 2010, 3FM Awards' Best Album and Best Female Singer 2011, and Echo (music award) Award Best International Newcomer of 2012. In 2013, Caro's second album, The Shocking Miss Emerald, made it to Number 1 in both the Netherlands and the UK charts.