Caroline van der Leeuw (born April 26, 1981 in Amsterdam), better known by her stage name Caro Emerald, is a Dutch jazz singer. She studied as a jazz vocalist at the Amsterdam conservatory of music and earned her degree in 2005.
Having gained experience as one of the six singers in close-harmony group Les Elles, and as a vocalist in the Philharmonic Funk Foundation, Emerald first gained public recognition for her debut solo single "Back It Up," which was officially released by Grandmono Records on July 6, 2009.
Her debut album, Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor, was released on January 29, 2010 and immediately occupied the #1 position of the Dutch Album Top 100 charts. It spent a total of 30 weeks on top of the Dutch album chart, beating the previous record set by Michael Jackson's Thriller.