The shockingly good Miss Emerald
There are not many people around who can say that they’ve knocked Michael Jackson off his pop perch, but Caro Emerald succeeded when her debut album, Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor, spent 30 weeks in the number one slot of the Dutch album charts back in 2010, beating Jacko’s Thriller run by one week. Since then her fame has blossomed right across Europe and beyond, with her second album, The Shocking Miss Emerald, entering the UK charts at number one in 2013.
And that best-selling release was the perfect example of how she manages to mix up melodic pop and swinging jazz, with modern recording techniques, to achieve utterly infectious results. And, having seen her live on a couple of occasions, I can confirm that she is an absolute knock-out on stage, combining old school Hollywood glamour with a big voice and oodles of charm and vitality. She’s currently working on her third album, but no doubt she’ll be pulling out all the biggies from her back catalogue when she rocks up at the Sage in March.Caro Emerald, Wednesday 29 March, Sage Gateshead, 7pm, £24.19-£51.06. sagegateshead.com