Noah Kahan

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Noah Kahan
Born (1997-01-01) January 1, 1997 (age 23)
Strafford, Vermont, U.S.
Years active2017–present
Associated acts

Noah Kahan (born January 1, 1997[1]) is an American singer-songwriter[2] of folk-infused pop who signed to Republic Records in 2017. Kahan released his first single, "Young Blood" in January 2017 and released four other singles over the course of 2017. Kahan made his television debut in 2018 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert performing the single "Hurt Somebody".[3] Kahan released his debut Extended Play (EP) carrying the same name in January 2018, including an updated version of titular song with fellow Republic Records artist Julia Michaels.[4]


Early life[edit]

Noah Kahan was born in rural Strafford, Vermont, and he attended Hanover High School in Hanover, New Hampshire.[5] Kahan began writing songs at age 8 and uploaded them to SoundCloud where his music began to gain exposure.

At age 17, Kahan began working with school friend music producers (Cwenga Matanzima). This attracted the attention of his current manager Drew Simmons of Foundations Artist Management. His music also caught the attention of songwriters such as Dan Wilson known for his work with Adele, Scott Harris, Carrie Underwood, among others.[6] Kahan deferred his admission to Tulane University to pursue his developing music career.[7] Kahan has said that two career goals he wished for were to be verified on Instagram and to have a Wikipedia page.[8]

Kahan cites some of his inspirations as Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Counting Crows, Hozier, and Mumford and Sons.[9]

2017–present: music career[edit]

In 2016, Kahan signed to Republic Records and he began working with producer Joel Little, known for his work with Lorde and Khalid, with whom he recorded six songs. Kahan released his first single "Young Blood" in January 2017 and gained over 9 million streams.

In September 2017, Kahan released "Hurt Somebody", the lead single from his forthcoming debut extended play of the same name. "Hurt Somebody" was re-recorded later in 2017 featuring Grammy nominated artist Julia Michaels.[10] Hurt Somebody was released in January 2018.

On April 8, 2019, Kahan announced his debut full-length studio album entitled Busyhead, and included the duet version of "Hurt Somebody" as well as two other singles "False Confidence" and "Mess". It was released on June 14, 2019.[11]

On April 30, 2020, Noah announced on his Instagram that he would drop an EP at midnight. He then dropped "Cape Elizabeth." The album was recorded over one week at Kahan's friend Phin Choukas' home studio in Vermont exactly one week after the singer left New York City in March to avoid the coronavirus.


Kahan opened for Ben Folds and Anderson East in the United States in February 2017 and then went on to open for Milky Chance in March 2017. Later opening on an East Coast tour with The Strumbellas that began on October 12, 2017, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and concluded on November 14, 2017, in Buffalo, New York.[12] He performed at Billboard's Industry Night on November 16, 2017, at the Ludlow House in New York City, showcasing his pop-folk song "Fine".[13] In April and May 2018, Kahan supported George Ezra on his North American tour[14] and then directly after embarked on his own tour, headlining shows across Europe throughout May 2018.[15] Kahan then embarked on a world tour in October and November 2018, with Dean Lewis joining him in support for the North American leg.[16] He later opened for Dean Lewis on his tour of Europe in February 2019, then joining James Bay on his North American tour for the following month. Kahan toured for 'The Busyhead Tour', in which he headlined shows across North America from September to November 2019.



Title Details
  • Released: June 14, 2019
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
  • Label: Republic

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Hurt Somebody
  • Released: January 12, 2018
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
  • Label: Republic
Cape Elizabeth
  • Released: May 1, 2020
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
  • Label: Republic


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Young Blood" 2017 Busyhead
"Hold It Down" Non-album single
"Sink" Busyhead
"Hallelujah" Non-album singles
"Hurt Somebody"
(solo or with Julia Michaels)
14 29 88 Hurt Somebody and Busyhead
"Come Down" 2018 Non-album single
"False Confidence" 8 Busyhead
"Mess" 2019 [A] 26
"Cynic" 30


  1. ^ "Mess" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 33 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[23]


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  3. ^ "Noah Makes His US Television Debut". Noah Kahan. 2018-03-02. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  4. ^ "EP Review: Noah Kahan's 'Hurt Somebody' Triumphs with Heartache & Doubt - Atwood Magazine". 2018-01-17. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
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  6. ^ "Noah Kahan Biography".
  7. ^ "Noah Kahan Shares "Young Blood", Talks Signing to Republic and Surrounding Yourself With Good People - Features - Impose Magazine". 27 January 2017.
  8. ^ "The 405 Podcast: Noah Kahan". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  9. ^ "Singer Noah Kahan leaves small town life behind". Chicago Pride. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  10. ^ "Noah Kahan Calls On Julia Michaels For A Duet Version Of "Hurt Somebody". Idolator. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  11. ^ Finally! Noah Kahan Announces Debut LP, ‘Busyhead’ - Idolator (published April 8, 2019)
  12. ^ "Noah Kahan Doesn't Want to 'Hurt' Anyone on New Single". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  13. ^ "Billboard's Industry Nights Kicked Off With Performances by Tor Miller, Noah Kahan & Cape Francis". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  14. ^ "Noah Kahan & George Ezra Get Cozy at Terminal 5". Pancakes and Whiskey. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  15. ^ "Tour Dates". Noah Kahan. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  16. ^ "Tour Dates". Noah Kahan. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  17. ^ "Noah Kahan Australian discography". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  18. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  19. ^ "Noah Kahan Swedish discography". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Noah Kahan Chart History: Triple A". Billboard. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  21. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  22. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Noah Kahan and Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  23. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019.