Karmin wins Women Who Rock


By Kevin Bartelt

When you see a short white girl from Nebraska who enjoys rapping, and her hairstyle is called a “suicide roll” (which I’m sure you see on a regular basis), is the first thing you think, “That girl rocks?”

Me too.

Karmin is on the cover of Rolling Stone this month for winning this year’s Women Who Rock contest.

Lead singer Amy Heidemann started Karmin with her fiancé, Nick Noonan, when they met at Berklee College of Music. They released their first EP, Inside Out, in 2010. Needless to say, they have had a pretty sweet journey these past two years.

Karmin must have played at some huge venues to kickstart its fame, right?

Nope…just YouTube.

The duo’s cover of Chris Brown’s Look at me Now currently has just under 75 million views. I laughed watching Heidemann tear through the extremely fast lyrics with ease, not because it was funny, but because it was so cool. I recommend you check out some of their videos.

After their impressive covers of a few different pop songs, Karmin came out with hits like Crash Your Party, Brokenhearted and Hello. When receiving the Women Who Rock award (which you can see live on RollingStone.com), Heidemann told her fans, “We are so thankful and humbled and grateful and spoiled…just to have your support. We love you so much.”

If you have not already heard Karmin on the radio, I suggest you check this band out.