Bebop and a twist of pop


By Natalie Austin



Photo by William Rutten Back it Up

Just by looking at last year’s debut release, this Dutch jazz inspired singer has claimed a place in the world of retro jazz. Caro Emerald’s first single Back it up was released in Holland on July 6 2010, it has claimed a title higher than that of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, beating its noteworthy 26 week run by another week.

Born Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw, Emerald’s sultry singing and performances are a force to be reckoned with. Flavoured with cinematic spice and eclectic 40’s and 50’s accents, Emerald takes a step back into time with the hit Back it up, featured in the album Deleted scenes from the cutting room floor. In 2010 alone, the album maintained the number one position for 30 weeks and achieved platinum in just six. The album has sold over 270,000 copies to date under Grandmono Records.

Already having made 12 songs on the album, Emerald has experimented with many forms of retro jazz, ballroom, tango, and mambo. The real beauty behind her songs is in the seemingly effortless stream the smoky voice capable of luring listeners to simply give in and bop away.

Memorable mashups of traditional Spanish brass in Riviera life, to record spins and piano preludes in You don’t love me, to snippets of Louis Armstrong scats in Dr. Wanna do, encompass the wide range of the vintage and contemporary fusions. Her voice lulls in A Night like This, blending hums and lyrics, whisking listeners away into the seductive mystery of The lipstick on his collar. The pure escapism of the album transcends time and transport listeners to another world. The unique and refreshing music exposes many to another era, even compensating for the lyrical repetitions.

Emerald and her musical team
have been recognised for their work and earned along with many others the:
–    Dutch Edison Award for Best Female

–    MTV EMA Award for Best Dutch and Belgian Act

–    EBBA Award

–    Buma Silva Harp for Best Artist and Song

Four of the albums songs have music videos, including A Night like This, Stuck , Back it up and That Man, each with its own grand undertaking of multimodal imagery and effective artistry.

Emerald, as a trained jazz vocalist, captures the vivacity of a bygone time and revives it with her pure vocal talents and the wide array of orchestral backing tracks. This Emerald is a true gem in the rough.


Picture from Lets sing it -A Night like This


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