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Retro-Style Jazz Music from Dutch Singer Caro Emerald

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Before she became Caro Emerald she was Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw, a young vocalist studying jazz at the Amsterdam Conservatory. One day she met two producers who needed a singer for a demo of a song called "Back It Up." Emerald says, "It was just love at first sight. I just so loved this song, and I was like, "Oh My God I'm going to be the demo singer of a really really big hit." She says it all just clicked for her. Emerald continues, "This moment with 'Back it Up' was definitely one of those moments where you just know, "This is the kind of music I would like to make." I knew that in that second." So began her transformation into the smokey jazz chanteuse known as Caro Emerald. She and the producers decided to make a full-length album and put it out on their own. Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor is a highly stylized nod to the big bands and jazz divas of the 40s and 50s.

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