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Carrie Newcomer

Singer and songwriter Carrie Newcomer has been a mainstay on the contemporary folk scene since the 1980s, known for emotionally intimate songs that explore the personal, the political, and the spiritual with compassion, insight, and wit. Carrie Newcomer was born in Dowagiac, Michigan on May 25, 1958; her father was an educator, and when Carrie was five, he landed a job as a high-school principal and the family relocated to Elkhart, Indiana. Elkhart was known for its strong school band programs, and Newcomer took up the flute, discovering she enjoyed making music. In her early teens, Newcomer became a major fan of folk-leaning singer/songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, and Leonard Cohen, and she took up the guitar and began writing tunes of her own.

By the time Newcomer enrolled at Ball State, she was already playing professional gigs at local clubs, and she continued to play bars and coffeehouses to help pay her way through school, performing a mix of covers and original material. Newcomer transferred to Goshen College and completed her studies at Purdue University after spending several months teaching in Costa Rica. Once Newcomer received her degree in art education in 1981, she decided to make music her career, and in 1982, she met guitarist Larry Smeyak and percussionist Dennis Leas, and they formed a pop/folk trio called Stone Soup. Newcomer became Stone Soup's principal songwriter and founded Windchime Records to release the band's recordings, issuing three albums before the group broke up in 1988 (Newcomer and Leas had married in 1986, and the group's breakup coincided with their decision to divorce). Newcomer also worked with Fran Berman and Susan Denton Staley in the trio the Aluminum Singers from 1984 to 1986.

After leaving Stone Soup, Newcomer returned to performing as a solo act, and in 1991, she reactivated Windchime Records to release her first solo album, Visions and Dreams. Thanks to positive reviews and strong word of mouth driven by Newcomer's short, strategically scheduled tours, Visions and Dreams sold nearly ten thousand copies, and its success attracted the attention of Ken Irwin, founder of the successful folk and roots label Rounder Records. Irwin signed Newcomer to Rounder's Philo subsidiary, and issued her second solo set, An Angel at My Shoulder, in 1994. The Bird or the Wing followed in 1995, the same year Philo reissued Visions and Dreams with two bonus tracks, 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. Newcomer 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.

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. Newcomer is married to lawyer and musician Robert Meitus, a former member of the Dorkestra. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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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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