Caro Emerald Biography
Last updated: 01/06/2012 11:00:00 AM
In May 2007 Caro Emerald got a phonecall from Dutch producers Jan van Wieringen and David Schreurs. With another producer, they'd written a song for a Japanese pop act with the acclaimed songwriter Vince Degiorgio (Atomic Kitten, A-Teens, N'Synch, Love Inc. a.o.). But their demo singer couldn't make it. They needed something quickly, and that's how Caro got to record the demo of "Back It Up".
Caro liked the song so much that she added it to her live repertoire. A year later she got the chance to perform "Back It Up" on local TV station AT5 in Amsterdam. It caught on right away: viewers just wouldn't stop calling and e-mailing about that lovely girl with her catchy song. Caro and a friend produced a no budget video which ended up on Youtube, and again, the response was overwhelming. People literally begged her to sell the song on iTunes.
But with only one song on the repertoire, Caro and her team decided to focus on a full album first. Inspired by films and music from the 40's and 50's they started working on new songs and ideas. Fall 2008, David flew over to Toronto to write with Degiorgio, and returned with 7 great tracks and a clear direction for the album. A few months later, Vince came to Amsterdam to finish the album. The result: an exciting and hugely accessible record, featuring ballroom jazz, cinematic tangoes, groovin' jazz tracks and infectious mambo's that sound like they were recorded in 1951 in Hollywood's most famous recording studios. But the smoking beats, catchy songs and inventive production tell it's actually 2009 that Caro Emerald is putting her name on the map.
July 6, 2009 Caro and her producers released "Back It Up" in The Netherlands on Grandmono Records, a label set up by her producers.
National radio picked it up right away and made it a huge radio hit during the summer of 2009.
Follow up "A Night Like This" (released on Dec 11, 2009) blew up instantly and within a few weeks, reached #1 in the national single- and airplay charts.
On January 29, 2010 Grandmono released Caro Emerald's debut album "Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor" in The Netherlands. It entered at #1 and has been there for 26 weeks now, equalling the longest #1 position ever (Michael Jackson / Thriller) in the Dutch charts. So far, the album sold a stunning 170.000 copies in The Netherlands alone.
Meanwhile, Grandmono has signed exclusive deals to release Caro's music across Europe. Fall 2010, the album will be released by highly motivated partners in France and Switzerland (Sony FR), Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe and Russia (Universal Germany), UK and Ireland (Dramatico), Italy (Time Records), Scandinavia (Bonnier Amigo), Spain (Sony ES), Portugal (Sony PT) and Greece (Sony GR).