Legal name: Caroline van der Leeuw
Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw (born 26 April 1981), known by her stage name of Caro Emerald, is a Dutch pop and jazz singer. She debuted on 6 July 2009 with her single "Back It Up". Her 2009 single "A Night Like This" reached the number 1 position in the Netherlands. Emerald is often praised for her outstanding live performances.
Her debut album Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor was written and produced primarily by David Schreurs, Vincent Degiorgio, Jan van Wieringen and Emerald. In August 2010, the album spent its 30th week at number one on the country's albums chart, beating the previous record set by Michael Jackson's "Thriller" by one week. The album became the biggest selling album of 2010 in the Netherlands and has sold over 300,000 copies so far. In total more than a million copies have been sold. On 3 October 2010, Emerald was awarded the Dutch music prize "Edison Award" for Best Female Artist.
In April 2013, her second studio album The Shocking Miss Emerald went to No. 1 in the UK album chart, becoming her first UK No. 1 album.