Not so shocking that Miss Emerald sells out

Caro Emerald plays a sold-out show at Portsmouth Guildhall.
Caro Emerald plays a sold-out show at Portsmouth Guildhall.
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With more than 2.5 million record sales, 15 platinum discs, 32 million YouTube views, a host of awards and a No 1 album, it’s not surprising that Caro Emerald’s show at Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday is a sell-out.

Released in May, The Shocking Miss Emerald is the Dutch singer’s second album and a ‘fun mix of vintage jazz, beats and pop’, according to the Amsterdam Conservatory trained jazz vocalist.

Rooted in the past and at the same time thoroughly modern with her samples, scratching and beats blending with the rhythms and style of yesteryear, Caro has performed on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, Strictly Come Dancing and Children In Need.

And she is so popular in her native Holland that she has topped the charts there for longer than Michael Jackson.

‘It’s a blessing to be here,’ bubbles Caro, ‘especially on a sold-out tour. It’s the best welcome.

‘Sometimes it’s hard to believe this is all happening.

‘I love being in the British Isles because I seem to always sell out shows when I’m here.

‘The audience is really giving and it’s a nice country to be around.

‘The UK is a country to really look up to when you talk about music. It has the best taste in artists and musicians in the world, and to be part of that is a great feeling.’

Her show should be a great feeling for both Caro and her audience.

‘It’s a very dynamic show. There are parts that are very grand. We go from old school big band numbers to playing really electronic songs. There’s guitars, percussion and we have a DJ,’ she reveals.

If you missed out on tickets to the current tour, see caroemerald.com for tickets to her Bournemouth or Brighton shows in October 2014.