Noah Kahan’s Reimagined ‘Homesick’ Features Sam Fender, a British Star


During the course of the past few months, the singer known for “Stick Season” has been rewriting his successes with some of the most prominent figures in the music industry. For example, he collaborated with the British musician Sam Fender on a fresh rendition of “Homesick.”

On Friday, Noah Kahan, who is 27 years old, and Fender, who is 29 years old, published their rendition of “Homesick.” Fender added a new verse to the song that has a reflection on his own upbringing in Newcastle.

In a statement, Kahan revealed that he became obsessed with Fender’s music after listening to the song “Dead Boys,” which was released in 2018. The song is about the rising number of young men who take their own lives in the United Kingdom.

Noah Kahan's Reimagined 'Homesick'
Sam Fender and Noah Kahan

Kahan stated, “I come from a very different place than Sam did, and that much was clear in the lyrics; however, it felt like I had grown up the same; it was a very similar experience.”

When I was thinking about my upbringing and my hometown at the time, I found that the feelings of nostalgia, pride, bitterness, uncertainty, and fury that Sam wrote about were so close to what I was experiencing at the time.

It was in Newcastle when Kahan met Fender during his tour of the United Kingdom, and the two of them spent the entire day together.

“I felt very much like an outsider, but by the end, I did start to understand where these songs were coming from, and just how special of a guy Sam really is,” said Kahan. “It was a very eye-opening experience.”

Noah Kahan's Reimagined 'Homesick'
Noah Kahan performing in Boston in May 2023

There is no doubt that he performed an outstanding job of incorporating his experience into my song titled “Homesick.” Since he went above and above, I am absolutely unable to express my gratitude to him sufficiently.

Fender, on the other hand, stated that he had heard “Homesick” and felt it to be “lush,” and that he and Kahan had an instant connection after beginning their conversation over the phone.

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During Kahan’s journey to Newcastle, Fender took him on a tour of the city’s attractions and even made a stop at Low Lights Tavern, the local pub where Fender was first discovered.

“The idea that the song was a transatlantic call-and-response between two young kids who were desperate to escape their hometowns was something that I absolutely adored,” Ms. Fender said.

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When I was talking to him about things that happened in both of our pasts, I became aware of how universal the feeling of being homesick is. Every one of us has been that kid.

Kahan, who is presently in the running for the award for best new artist at the 2024 Grammy Awards, has collaborated with additional celebrities, such as Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, Gracie Abrams, Lizzy McAlpine, and Post Malone, to create new renditions of the songs that he released during Stick Season.

Additionally, he made his debut on Saturday Night Live in the month of December, and he is scheduled to begin his We’ll All Be Here Forever World Tour in the month of March.

“I did a lot of shows for not a lot of people for a long time,” Kahan said in their interview with PEOPLE in 2022 regarding his first tour following the popularity of “Stick Season.” Despite the fact that I have never played for nobody, I have played for virtually nobody, and it is not a very enjoyable experience.

Having this tour completely sell out and receiving the response that I have received has been a really weird experience for me, and I am doing everything in my power to prevent it from seeming normal to me because it is not.


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