An American singer/songwriter with a distinctively warm, light rasp to his voice, Noah Kahan makes folk-infused pop in the realm of artists like Ben Howard and Vance Joy. After his 2017 debut single "Young Blood" went viral, "Hurt Somebody," from his 2018 debut EP of the same name, charted in countries including Australia and New Zealand.
Raised in rural Strafford, Vermont, where his family owned a tree farm, Noah Kahan began writing songs at the age of eight. Eventually developing his songwriting skills and growing into his voice, he was in high school when he approached friends in the music business about helping him produce and upload some of his work. After coming to the attention of producer Joel Little (Lorde, Broods), who offered to collaborate, Kahan signed with Republic Records at the age of 20.
The label released a series of singles throughout 2017 beginning with "Young Blood," which went viral, collecting tens of millions of streams. By the second half of the year, he was touring in support of the Strumbellas. The EP Hurt Somebody arrived in January 2018 and featured singer Julia Michaels on the title track. "Hurt Somebody" charted in several countries, including reaching number 13 in the Netherlands and 14 in Australia. Kahan made his late-night TV debut on Late Night with Stephen Colbert that February and spent the rest of the year touring in support of George Ezra and completing his first headlining tours of North America and Europe. In the meantime, he released singles including "False Confidence" and worked on recording his first album. Kahan opened 2019 with a tour Australia in support of Leon Bridges. ~ Marcy Donelson