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Carrie Newcomer

Singer and songwriter Carrie Newcomer has been a mainstay on the contemporary folk scene since the 1990s, known for emotionally intimate songs that explore the personal, the political, and the spiritual with compassion, insight, and wit. Newcomer was born in Dowagiac, Michigan on May 25, 1958 and grew up in the Midwest. While she would eventually receive a degree in visual art and create work in several mediums, she developed a passion for music, and performed with several folk groups in the '80s.

In 1991, she began performing as a solo act, and in 1994, she signed with Philo Records, distributed by the well-respected folk imprint Rounder. Newcomer's first album for Philo, An Angel at My Shoulder, appeared in 1994. The Bird or the Wing followed in 1995, and Newcomer would release 11 albums through the Rounder organization between 1994 and 2010, including the 1999 live set Bare to the Bone. Newcomer has also released two anthologies of her best-known songs -- 2004's Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer and 2012's Kindred Spirits: A Collection -- as well as a collaboration with Indian musicians Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, and Ayaan Ali Khan, 2011's Everything Is Everywhere. She also participated in a 2007 album of songs inspired by Scott Russell Sanders' short story collection Wilderness Plots, which featured a handful of other Indiana-based songwriters. 2014 saw the release of a new album, A Permeable Life, produced by Paul Mahern, which appeared in conjunction with a book, A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays.

Offstage, Newcomer is a practicing Quaker, and devotes her energies to a variety of charitable and progressive causes. The first edition of the Bare to the Bone album was released as a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood; she performed and taught in India as a cultural ambassador of the American Center in 2009 and 2011, and she donates a portion of the proceeds from her album sales to the Interfaith Hunger Initiative, Literacy Volunteers of America, and the American Friends Service Committee, among others. Newcomer is also an educator who teaches workshops on writing, creativity, and art as an extension of spiritual practice. She is married to lawyer and musician Robert Meitus, a former member of the Dorkestra. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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I saw Carrie Newcomer at the McDaniel college Common Ground on the Hill music festival in Westminster Maryland many years ago. I have been a fan ever since. I wish she would return to the festival again. Carrie speaks to the heart and to the sacred of the everyday.
sfguy2005
I discovered Carrie Newcomer in the early 1990s in Bloomington, IN. Her music spoke to my heart and soul and has enriched my life. Sometimes after a concert the audience would move the chairs and get up and dance. I will never forget the night when Carrie asked me to dance. Bare to the Bone is one of my favorite album. She is an amazing artist.
deborahkiser
Her biography fails to mention that she was selected as Folk Artist of the Year recently, just after The Geography of Light was released (yet another profound, moving compilation! ) Seeing her live is an unforgettabl e experience that should not be missed...
deborahkiser
I have been an avid fan of Carrie's since her early days playing with Stone Soup in local coffee shops around Purdue University. She was amazing way back then, and somehow keeps getting better and better, when there seems to be no room left for improvement! Beautiful music, balanced with profound, poetic words that touch your soul. She opens your eyes to the beauty hidden in seemingly simple, ordinary things that surround us every day.
Carrie's not only the most amazing songwriter I know, but in my small experience is a woman of depth and spirit. I'd never miss a chance to hear her!
diggerdoc105 4
Carrie is much like her own song GEODES. Her innocuous manner and somewhat clumsy stage patter would give no hint of the depth within. Thirty years ago she performed every weekend in a little pizza place across from my house, and even then she was something special. When she starts into one of her songs I always think, Where did she get that wisdom? I think she has the talent to have gone quite abit further, but she has chosen to stay connected to her small town roots. Good for her!
I had to chance to see Carrie perform live for the first time, awesome performance!
Sounds very much like Kathy Mattea
I love Betty's Diner.
knittingwith c l a s s 2
Just did catch her live in Sitka, Alaska. It was a fabulous evening! Thanks.
jlprestine
I'm proud to say "I knew Carrie when..." having grown up as best friends in Elkhart, IN. Carrie is as real as they get. She was a kind, gentle soul then, and she is still today. Catch her live if you can!
I'm a big fan of "The Age of Possibility, " a CD I may one day wear out.
Every now and then an artist comes along who lends words and music to the deep places in the heart. Carrie Newcomer is one of these. Her music resounds with insight, and touches chords within me that I can not give voice. Thank you Carrie.
Carrie Newcomer has delivered me back to the joy I found in music when I was much younger. Lyrics, carried on melody that takes you out of your life for just a few moments of grace. Leaves you with something to think about, cry over and finally smile. She makes you a better person.
I am so glad to have found Carrie Newcomer! I have never been disappointed in any of her songs, and maybe the best thing for me is that I feel like in Carrie I have found my own voice. She writes, sings, and says so much of what I believe. God bless Carrie!



I met Carrie Newcomer at a conference last year. She is an amazing person as well as a wonderful musician. If you have a chance to see her live you should totally take it!
Beautiful voice and wonderful lyrics.
very mellow and pleasant
I love Carrie's music and I agree that Gathering of Spirits marked a positive shift in her music.
Carrie Rocks! Musically, lyrically, soulfully. Unfortunatel y this site needs t be updated: she has a new album called the Geography of Light that includes some great tunes including "don't push send" which talks about the awful things that can happen via email. even has a site where you can share your own stories :) If you ever get a chance to hear her live GO. www.carriene w c o m e r . c o m and myspace too
Carrie's singing really catches me.
oatess
lovely voice

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