Meet Noah Kahan, a young singer-songwriter from a small town on the East Coast with honest, grounded, guitar-backed songs that reveal surprising insight into the mystery of life. Only 20 years old, Kahan is gifted with a voice that seamlessly floats through his higher register and has a distinctive tonal quality like that of UK’s Passenger (of “Let Her Go” fame), paired with uplifting acoustic-driven melodies one might expect from the likes of another top UK artist, Ed Sheeran.
From his home in Stafford, Vermont, (population: 1,000), Noah Kahan is building his career with inspiring, deeply introspective songs simply about life. Through his music’s encouraging themes and acceptance of a range of difficult emotions, the young artist serves as much a guide to himself as to other young people listening to his music. Adopting the familiar, comforting tone of a dear friend, he wisely advises, “Keep your time / Keep your mind / Keep humble / Start your life in the middle of the jungle,” in his popular debut single, “Young Blood” - which has already racked up over eight million streams on Spotify since its January 2017 release.
Watch his artsy homage to rising to meet the challenges and adventures of adolescence in “Young Blood”:
Kahan has already made it onto Ones To Watch’s #NowPlaying Playlists with “Young Blood” in addition to another single, “Fine,” dropped in July from his growing catalog of indie-folk gems. A fresh Republic Records signee, fans have been lucky to witness the release of a slew of singles ever since 2017 began, including other successful tracks, “Hold It Down” and “Sink.”
His latest piece, “Hurt Somebody,” addresses the hesitation of holding back words that would best be said, but would certainly be the demise of a struggling relationship. This cut was produced by Joel Little, known for his work with young heavy-hitters Lorde and Khalid–Little also produced the new artist’s debut “Young Blood.” In “Hurt Somebody,” you can feel the grit and vulnerability behind Kahan’s straightforward lyrics, especially in the stripped down acoustic performance he gives (in the middle of a Vermont forest) on his just-released accompanying video:
Emanating from the pure soul that must reside within the mature 20-year-old, Kahan’s songs are at times high-energy and motivating, and at other times soothing, tender folk lullabies. Providing the encouragement, positivity, and understanding we all deserve in a true friend, it is no wonder fans have embraced the budding artist. Although he is just beginning his journey, the poignant singer-songwriter seems to be equipped with the best mindset possible and a humble heart that will be sure to lead him to a bright future as he rises within the industry.
Throughout the spring, Kahan played on tour with Milky Chance, Ben Folds, and Anderson East. Catch the rising indie folk-pop act live as he kicks off a fall 2017 tour of the East Coast opening for The Strumbellas on Oct. 20 in Chicago, eventually circling back to Buffalo, NY, by Nov. 14.
Allow yourself some peace of mind as you sway along to the young Noah Kahan’s uplifting acoustic anthems below: