Karmin is an American pop duo consisting of Amy Renee Heidemann-Noonan and Nick Noonan. The name of the band is a portmanteau made from the Latin word carmen meaning "song" (also a Spanish female name), and the word karma, making the name Karmin.
The duo is known for their covers of popular songs such as "Look at Me Now", "Super Bass", and "Party Rock Anthem". Following the success of their covers, they were signed in 2011 to Epic Records, which was relaunched under L.A. Reid. In May 2012, Karmin released their debut EP, Hello, which spawned the singles "Brokenhearted" and "Hello" and received mixed reviews. "Brokenhearted" reached the top 20 in the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the top 10 in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, while "Hello" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs charts in the United States. In March 2014, the duo released their debut album, Pulses. The album's lead single, "Acapella", charted in the top 10 in Australia and New Zealand, and went Gold in the United States. They left Epic Records in the middle of 2014 and have after released music independently. Their second album Leo Rising is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2016.
Karmin is currently managed by Nils Gums, who founded The Complex Group, Inc., an artist development and management firm.
Rolling Stone named Karmin's lead singer Amy as the winner of "Women Who Rock" contests.
Life and career
Early life and career beginnings
Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan met while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, from which they graduated in 2008. Heidemann is a graduate of Seward High School in Nebraska. Noonan graduated from Old Town High School in Maine, where he was a member of the concert band and jazz ensemble. The duo has additionally been a couple after September 2005. On March 14, 2016 the couple posted a special announcement to their Snapchat channel "thenoonans", which featured a short video displaying Amy and Nick's left hands, each bearing a wedding ring. Later in the month Amy changed her Twitter name from "Amy Heidemann" to "Amy Noonan", confirming that they're married.
The duo's popularity grew from an appearance on the daytime talk show as well as exposure on YouTube, achieving more than 250 million views. The duo gained popularity after being discussed on reddit, and their video for "Look at Me Now" was posted on Ryan Seacrest's blog. The group later thanked reddit by giving the reddit alien mascot a prominent place in their video for their cover of "6 Foot 7 Foot".
2011–12: Hello and commercial breakthrough
After anticipation and speculation concerning Karmin signing with a record label, the group announced on June 2, 2011 that they had been signed by a major record label. Reports indicated, with confirmation from an industry insider, that the group had signed with Epic Records as part of L.A. Reid's return to the company. On their official website they asked their fans about what they wanted to hear on their album, and about fifty percent said they would like to have rapping.
In late June, 2012, the duo entered the studio to record their debut studio album and have collaborated with producers Warryn Campbell, Kane Beatz, Jon Jon Traxx, The Runners, Kwamé, D'Mile, Oak and Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Harvey Mason, Jr. of The Underdogs, Tricky Stewart, Rodney "Don Vito" Richard, The Exclusives, J. R. Rotem, Sham 'Sak Pase' Joseph, Christian Rich, Hit-Boy, The Fliptones, Kenneth "Soundz" Coby, The Composer, Stargate, with writing assistance from Claude Kelly, Elite, Redd Stylez, Kevin McCall, Audio Push, Corey Houston, Bonnie McKee, Kelly Sheehan, Heather Bright, Henry "Cirkut" Walter and Diane Warren. Both Heidemann and Noonan worked to maintain original songs and ideas, while working toward mainstream and pop music. They cited L.A. Reid's understanding of their musical background to be helpful in this process.
"Hello" was released on May 7, via digital download.
2012–14: Pulses, and headlining tour.
On September 6, 2012, the duo confirmed via Twitter that they were in the process of making their first LP. It was first reported that the album would be released in November 2012, but the group stated on a Ustream chat that the album wouldn't come out in November, they would be in the studio the whole month of November to record it. In December, 2012, the duo started to make appearances at live shows and concerts. On December 31, 2012 – January 1, 2013, Karmin performed as part of the ABC network's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '13 with Ryan Seacrest show; the duo played their hit "Hello". On January 1, 2013, Karmin performed on ABC network's Good Morning America; the duo played "Brokenhearted".
On February 26, 2013, the duo released a studio cover of Drake's song "Started from the Bottom" as a promotional single and first release of their, "Manic Mondays" releases. It was released digitally for free download. One week later they additionally released a mash-up studio cover for "Karate Chop/Sweet Dreams" by Future additionally as a promotional single. They released the single digitally for free download.
Then on May 30, Amy said at the BMI Pop Awards that the new single would feature her rapping. It was later confirmed that the single's name would be "Acapella". On June 10, it was announced that they would be the opening act for Jonas Brothers on their upcoming 2013 tour and in the same day they additionally premiered their first single "Acapella" from their debut album on the Elvis Duran Show on Z100. On June 23, the duo said via Twitter that "Acapella" would be released digitally sometime in July, as part of the "Acapella Month" campaign which additionally featured live performances. The song debuted at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and two weeks later peaked at number 72.
On October of the same year the album became available for pre-order at Walmart's website, which listed a release date of December 31, 2013.
On October 28, 2013 they announced their 2014 Pulses tour. The first leg of the tour started in Baltimore on January 29, 2014 with 16 dates and ended in California on February 22, 2014. Karmin toured with singer-songwriter Bryce Vine. Karmin's first full-length album Pulses was released March 25, 2014. Rolling Stone gave it 1–1/2 stars. The second leg of the tour began April 6, 2014"
2014–Present: Split from Epic Records and Leo Rising
In 2014, after the release of their debut album Pulses, and after finishing the tour, Karmin split from Epic Records to become independent artists. In an interview with Billboard, Heidemann said: "We were hungry to try a more musically honest approach. We wanted to be a little bit nerdier than we think they had hoped" as to the reasons they decided to leave.
Six months after the release of their debut, Pulses, Karmin released a single with rapper George Watsky titled "No Flex Zone (Remix)". It was inspired by the song "No Flex Zone" by Rae Sremmurd. The music video was released on September 26, 2014 on their YouTube channel, and the KarminVevo YouTube channel. The song features rapping from both Watsky and Amy. It was produced by Nick Noonan.
Later that year, Karmin began work on their second album, Leo Rising. Two digital singles were released in 2014: "Sugar" on October 8, followed by "Yesterday" on October 24, 2014.
Another single "Along the Road" was released on March 25, 2015 and was slated to be the lead single off the project, was later relegated as a promotional release.
The names of a few songs were confirmed through their official Twitter page, including "Everything," "Blame It On My Heart," "Save Me Now," "Young in Love" and several others. "Yesterday" and "Young in Love" were eventually removed from the final tracklisting as confirmed on the official Karmin website.
On May 6, 2015, Karmin released their self-titled app that they described as "totally free". On May 25, 2015, Karmin performed for NET 2.0. They performed a setlist of songs from their EP Hello and from their debut album Pulses, "Acapella", along with a cover of "Super Bass".
"Didn't Know You" was announced as the new lead single for the album and was released on June 2, 2015 for digital download, with an acoustic version being later released only onto the Karmin app. Karmin filmed the music video for "Didn't Know You" in early May 2015, and premiered in July. It impacted Pop radio throughout that month.
Karmin has been releasing remix-covers throughout 2015 of popular and older songs. These covers include Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money", Smash Mouth's "Walking On The Sun", Frank Sinatra's "That Old Black Magic" and The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face." On October 8, 2015 Karmin released a cover of Justin Bieber's song "What Do You Mean?". The blues-rock production features Jeff "Gitty" Gitelman on the guitar.
In 2016, Wild Culture released the Sugar EP in collaboration with Karmin. It features three remixes of "Sugar" and a remix of Riley Pearce's single "Brave".
Leo Rising was released on September 9, 2016.
|Karmin Covers, Vol. 1||—|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|US||US Dance||US Pop||AUS||BEL||CAN||IRL||NZ||UK|
|"Crash Your Party"||2011||—||—||36||—||—||—||—||—||—||N/A|
|"I Want It All"||2014||—||—||39||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Didn't Know You"||2015||—||—||50||—||—||—||—||—||—||Leo Rising|
|"Come with Me (Pure Imagination)"||2016||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Leo Rising|
|"—" denotes a recording that didn't chart or wasn't released in that territory.|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Karmin||American Music Award||New Media Honoree||Won|
|2012||MTV O Music Awards||Web Born Star||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Breakout Group||Won|
|Best Intl Group||Nominated|
|2014||Karmin||World Music Awards||World's Best Group||Nominated|
|World's Best Live Act|
|"Acapella"||World's Best Song|
|World's Best Video|
|2016||Amy Heidemann||She Rocks Awards||2016 Mad Skills Award||Nominated|