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Caro Emerald
Caro Emerald singing
Caro Emerald singing live at the Indian Summer Festival at Zoetermeer, Netherlands.
Background information
Birth name Caroline van der Leeuw
Born April 26, 1981 (1981-04-26) (age 28)
Origin Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Jazz
Labels Grandmono Records

Caroline van der Leeuw (born 26 April 1981 in Amsterdam), better known by her stagename Caro Emerald, is a Dutch jazz singer. She debuted on 6 July 2009 with her single "Back It Up". In week 32, 3FM Radio declared "Back It Up" a 3FM Megahit.



Caroline van der Leeuw was born 26 April 1981 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She studied jazz and singing at the conservatory. She successfully completed her studies in 2005 .

Van der Leeuw is one of the six singers of Les Elles, a close-harmony group from Amsterdam. She also regularly performs background vocals for the Kinderen voor Kinderen (Children for Children) song festival. Caro gives singing lessons at the singing school of Babette Labeij, a vocal coach at X-Factor and a conductor of Kinderen voor Kinderen.


First Single

Caro Emerald started to get known after her debut single "Back It Up". The single was initially written for a Japanese pop-act, by Dutch producers David Schreurs and Jan van Wieringen and Canadian songwriter Vince Degiorgio (o.a. NSYNC, Atomic Kitten, Aloha from Hell). Van der Leeuw was approached to sing a demo of the song and she added the song to her repertoire. Until 2008, when Caro sang it live on the local Amsterdam TV, AT5, the song was unknown to the general public.

"Back It Up" was officially released by Grandmono Records on 6 July 2009. It was listed in the Dutch Top 40 for 12 weeks and reached the 12th position in the charts. Kraak & Smaak have remixed the song. Her song "A Night like This" was chosen for an ad campaign by Martini.

Her debut album Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor was released on 29 January 2010 (Grandmono Records).



Year Album details
2010 Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor
  • Released: January 29, 2010 (2010-01-29)[1]
  • Label: Grandmono Records


Year Song Peak chart positions Album
2009 "Back It Up" 12[2] Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor
"A Night like This" 5


  1. ^ "News". Caro Emerald – Official website. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Dutch Top 40 - week 39 of 2009". α 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 

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