I was born Celine Carmen Cairo in the centre of Amsterdam in 1990. I grew up with a lot of music in and around the house. My dad is a long time, passionate amateur drummer and my mom introduced me to all sorts of genres. She basically played everything from Flamenco to Classical music to Jazz, but barely any pop or singer/songwriter music… When I was 14 years old I discovered the world of songwriting and pop music after I got a really old Spanish guitar for my birthday. I started listening to Lauryn Hill, Alecia Keys and Tracy Chapman, later discovering Coldplay, Massive Attack and Zero 7. I started to write songs as I was learning to play guitar. I was discovering my voice and sound as I tried to merge the genres I grew up listening to with my new found love for pop music.


When I was 18 I started playing in front of people, playing small gigs in Amsterdam and entering local competitions. I got two friends, on bass and viola, to play with me. We played all over the Netherlands and that year we won an award that got us to play Carnegie Hall in New York alongside our first TV-appearances and radio shows back home. Together we continued touring and recorded and released my first songs in 2010.

In 2013 I collaborated with British artist/producer Fink on my EP “Follow” and I went on to record my debut album Free Fall in Los Angeles in 2015 with producer Bill Lefler. It was released on my label Hector Records in 2016. We got to play Eurosonic Noorderslag, played three tours and we got some really amazing press which I’m very grateful for. A lot of you are enjoying the music on Spotify as well and to know my music is really being heard means the world to me.

Since Free Fall came out I recorded acoustic versions of all the songs (The Hector Sessions) and we’ll be playing them live a the Concertgebouw this summer. I can’t wait to go back to my acoustic roots and take the inspiration that comes from that place to my new music. I am writing and recording new bits and pieces of music and I’m so excited to launch a new chapter of my life in music after the summer. Thanks for reading and taking the time, I hope to inspire you to follow your passion and dreams as well as you can and I will keep you in the loop of my process, as a musician and as a person.

Big love,
Celine Cairo

Press (NL)

Harper’s Bazaar: “Dit is misschien wel het mooiste debuutalbum van het jaar”

Lust For Life: * * * * * “Free Fall bundelt pure perfectie in 10 adembenemend mooie songs (…) met afstand de beste zangeres van Nederland”

Plato/Concerto: 8 – “Celine laat horen klaar te zijn voor het grote werk”

Oor: “Dromerige liedjes in een grootse productie; zeer overtuigend”

NRC: “Celine Cairo is een van de namen van 2017”


A Bit Of Pop Music: “She came up with a style that delicately balances the acoustic with the electronic, the folky singer-songwriter elements with unapologetic pop melodies and productions.”

Dansende Beren: “Een knappe jongedame met een wondermooie stem, een Nederlandse boordevol potentieel.”

Music Is My Life: “Her voice is totally spellbinding.”

A City Made By People: “Her musical talent reveals in the warmth and sadness of the songs, but also the power and strength in the harder tunes.”

Wolf in a Suit: “Without noticing you go from spectator to character in the flows of the tunes and melodies.”

Interview Enfait Magazine