35 Songs, 2 Hours 10 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

5 out of 5

11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Wishing Ms. Emerald all success in America

Michael B. Singh

It was in the early '70s and I was in my yard when I heard for the first time "Fernando" by ABBA being played on my neighbor's radio. The style and sound was so compelling that I dropped everything and listened to it. Miss Emerald's "Liquid Lunch" had the same effect on me 40 years later. I first heard it on the Ken Bruce morning show on BBC Radio 2 about a year ago, and had to stop whatever I was doing to listen to this fresh and compelling sound. I had to wait a long time before I could purchase her album on iTunes because it took so long to be released in America. But now that I have bought and listened to this album; "The Shocking Miss Emerald" I highly recommend it. Her style is both nostalgic and modern. Well done Miss. Emerald! Wishing Ms. Emerald the same success in America as she has in Europe.

A wonderful european surprise


I was visiting Europe for a trip and was sitting in my friend's living room when I heard Caro Emerald on the radio. I stopped everything I was doing and quickly tried to find out more about her. I haven't bought an album of anyone in about a decade but I quickly bought her album for her fresh sounding songs that brings me to another place emotionally. Well done

About Caro Emerald

Caro Emerald is a Dutch jazz singer who emerged in 2009 with the smash hit single "Back It Up" and made her chart-topping album debut in 2010 with Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor. Born Caroline van der Leeuw on April 26, 1981 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, she studied music at the conservatory, specializing in jazz and subsequently working as a vocal coach. Her breakthrough success came in 2009 with the single "Back It Up," written and produced by David Schreurs and Jan van Wieringen of Grandmono Records, along with songwriter Vincent de Giorgio. "Back It Up" began as a summertime hit but ended up spending 21 weeks on the Dutch charts, from July to December. Its popularity was enhanced by a couple different remixes, one by Kraak & Smaak and another featuring Madcon. The follow-up single, "A Night Like This," likewise written by Schreurs, van Wieringen, and de Giorgio, was an even bigger hit, reaching number one on the Dutch charts. Emerald then made her full-length album debut with Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor. Inspired by post-war jazz and cinema, it topped the Dutch albums chart for weeks on end.

In May of 2013, Emerald followed up her hugely successful debut with her second release, The Shocking Miss Emerald. Produced alongside long-term collaborator Schreurs, the record reached number one on both the Netherlands and the U.K. album charts. The single "Tangled Up" also reached the Dutch Top Ten. While she toured only regionally for the next two years, in 2016 she and her band undertook a massive European road trip called The Emerald Island Tour that took her across Europe and the U.K. On December 30, 2016, she performed a BBC 2 concert from Madeira aboard a massive luxury liner. A second Acoustic Sessions called Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor was cut in two days and comprised eight stripped-down songs from her first album. Emerald and her band used a Binson Echorec (a notoriously hard-to-control Italian echo machine from the early '50s) and a vintage 1958 Ampex reel-to-reel recorder; they proceeded to work in one room with no headphones, straight to tape. The album was made available on tour and on her website. Both volumes were made available as Acoustic Sessions: Pts. I & II in April 2017. ~ Jason Birchmeier

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
April 26, 1981



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