Celine Cairo (born 22 May 1990 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch singer and songwriter. On 14 December 2016 she released her debut album "Free Fall" on Hector Records (a recordlabel founded by Celine Cairo and her team). She recorded her album with producer Bill Lefler and her band in Death Star Studios, Los Angeles. Before the debut album she released two EP's; a first untitled EP in 2010 and the "Follow" EP that was produced by British artist/producer Fin Greenall (Fink).
Celine Cairo started out as a singer/songwriter with a trio with Celine on guitar and vocals, Mart Jeninga acoustic bass and Matthijs Lievaart on viola. The trio won several awards, leading to invitations to play at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall (New York). Between 2010 and 2012 Celine attended the conservatory in Amsterdam. Out of the blue Edwin Evers (radio 538) started playing her song "Got Me Good" and things started to move in Celine's career. Eventually she decided to quit the conservatory and continue to make music full-time. She got in touch with Fin Greenall (Fink) and recorded her second EP with him as a producer and mentor.
After touring, working with composer Jorrit Kleijnen, lending her vocals on a national TV-campaign by the NPO (Dutch Broadcasting Network) on "Iedereen is van de Wereld" she started making plans to go to the United States. She travelled to New York and Los Angeles and started writing and co-writing songs for what was to become her debut album. On that first trip in the fall of 2015 she met producer and multi-instrumentalist Bill Lefler. He has worked with Laura Jansen, Ingrid Michaelson, Carey Brothers and Dotan and works in his own studio called Death Star Studio, in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
Celine came back to Amsterdam with new songs and having found the sound she'd been looking for. She started making plans to return to Los Angeles to record the full album with Bill in LA. The recording took place in a six-week period in early 2015. She co-produced the album with Bill and had her band fly over to finish the album together in the last two weeks of the trip.