@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
3 July 2016
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In 2007, Caro Emerald was called upon to cut a demo for producers
Jan van Wieringen, David Schreurs and Canadian songwriter Vincent
Degiorgio. Emerald seized the opportunity, and recorded “Back
It Up.” When she performed the song on a local Dutch TV station
a year later, the song exploded onto the scene. Viewers were constantly
calling, e-mailing and commenting about that lovely girl with her
catchy tune. A low-budget video on YouTube created a similar effect
and suddenly, viewers wanted to know where they could buy her music.
However, with only one track on the repertoire, David, Vince,
Jan and Emerald started working on a full album before releasing
anything. Inspired by films and music from the 40s and 50s, they
wrote and produced “Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor,”
an exciting, hugely accessible collection of 12 original songs.
The album featured ballroom jazz, cinematic tangos, groovin’
jazz tracks and infectious mambos that sounded as if they were recorded
in the golden age of Hollywood. However, the smoking beats, catchy
songs and inventive production marked Emerald out as a present-day
An album with such a distinctive style required its own label approach.
Adding Vince’s A&R background to the mix, Schreurs and
van Wieringen set up Grandmono Records to release their music and
manage the project. It was an overnight success. Debut single “Back
It Up” became an instant radio hit in July 2009, and follow
up “A Night Like This” went on to reach #1 in the Dutch
single charts in January 2010. That same week, Grandmono Records
released the highly anticipated “Deleted Scenes From The Cutting
It entered at #1 in the album charts and reached platinum status
within 6 weeks. Overall, the album spent 30 weeks at #1, breaking
a record set by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and
selling a stunning 260,000 copies within the year in Holland alone.
The album was then released in many other countries. With a similar
effect: so far, “Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor”
is IFPI certified platinum with sales over 1.3 million in Europe
(NL 6x Platinum, Poland 2x Platinum, UK Platinum, Germany Platinum,
Austria & Switzerland Gold) and has been released in over 40
countries. Caro and her production team received numerous national
and international awards, including an MTV EMA award (Best Dutch/Belgian),
EBBA award, Goldene Kamera and Echo Award. Caro performed at almost
every major radio and TV show in Europe.