IT was the hottest ticket in town - and I had one.
I’m talking about Caro Emerald, live at Birmingham Symphony Hall, and with said tickets being as rare as hen’s teeth, there was no way anyone was going to prise mine out of my jammy mitts.
I’ve been a huge fan since the release of the single A Night Like This, and I prayed Emerald would live up to my expectations.
The Dutch delight didn’t disappoint.
From the moment she opened with One Day, the ‘first’ track from her second album The Shocking Miss Emerald, to the encore of The Other Woman and That Man, the concert was a sheer joy.
She ended her two-hour plus set with a spine-tingling rendition of If You Go Away – a grand finale.
Her appeal is timeless and her music and flair for storytelling captures a multitude of musical genres including jazz, big band, hip hop, rockabilly, R ‘n’ B - the list goes on.
Emerald not only performs, she has a hand in the writing of many of the songs from her albums and openly admits that You Belong to Me is her Bond theme audition.
Emerald, backed by eight genius musicians (including a guy on keyboards who was the spitting image of DJ Steve Wright), is a true gem. Her standing ovation was truly deserved and her interaction with the audience adorable.
In an age when manufactured ‘pop’ is the order of the charts, she is a refreshing talent who is comfortable in her own style.
Check out my interview with Caro Emerald prior to the tour.