Article By Julia Sikora
If you were in the crowd the night Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan took the stage at St. Andrew’s hall, you witnessed the up-and-coming musical phenomenon that is Karmin. Performing on their first headlining tour, the pop, rap and hip-hop duo has come a long way from the pages of Youtube, where they gained recognition for their innovative covers, particularly Heidemann’s rapping of Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now.”
Together, the two possess an immense amount of musical talent that you have to see – and hear – to believe. Heidemann’s vocal range reaches impressive highs and lows, and her rap skills could give the best in the business a run for their money. For his part, Noonan backs up his leading lady brilliantly on vocals, as well as a variety of instruments, including keys, drums, and his signature trombone.
A bright burst of color and excitement against the black and white backdrop, Karmin took the stage with their most recent single “I Want It All,” carrying the energy straight into “Hello,” the title track off their 2012 EP. Taking a moment between songs, Heidemann thanked their fans, saying that they never anticipated a crowd so large and that they hoped to take the show to another level for us.
And that was exactly what they did.
Launching back into the music, Karmin debuted “Pulses,” the title track of their first full-length album, to be released later this year. Other new tracks included the vocally driven “Drifter” and “Night Like This,” as well as the album’s first single, “Acapella.” A night for firsts, the duo also treated us to the powerful “Neon Love,” a beautiful ballad fueled by Heidemann’s magnificent voice.
The new material bodes well for Karmin’s future, showing a great deal of growth, maturity, and experimentation within and beyond their current sound. It also highlights the duo’s delightful onstage dynamic. College sweethearts and currently engaged, Heidemann and Noonan have a genuine chemistry that is too endearing to ever come across as cliché.
Closing out the night with their original claim-to-fame, Karmin brought thrilled fan, Margaret, out of the crowd to rap Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” with them. Wearing the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on another human being, Margaret rapped her heart out, then rejoined the crowd as Karmin ended the show with last year’s radio sensation “Brokenhearted.”
So going back to the beginning, if you spent the night jamming out with Karmin, consider yourself lucky. And if not, keep your ears tuned and your eyes peeled for Karmin’s next move. I have no doubt that they will continue to take us to another level.