|Born||Dowagiac, Michigan, United States|
|Genres||Folk, Americana, World music|
|Instruments||Guitar, Vocal, Mountain Dulcimer|
|Labels||Philo, Rounder, Concord Music Group|
Carrie Newcomer is an American singer and songwriter. She has produced 13 solo CDs and has received numerous awards for her music and related charitable activities. She has done numerous collaborations with authors, academics, philosophers and musicians. In 2009 and 2011 she traveled to India as a cultural ambassador, including musical performances organized by the US State Department. In 2012 she made a similar trip to Kenya on behalf of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Her range of causes, activities, collaborations and philosophies significantly influences her music.
Early life and education
Newcomer was born in Dowagiac, Michigan to James B. Newcomer and Donna Baldoni Newcomer. When she was 5 years old they moved to Elkhart, Indiana where she lived until she was 18 years old. She began writing songs as a teenager and began performing in restaurants, coffeehouses and at benefits and festivals. She began her university studies at Ball State University and then Goshen College. Newcomer spent 5 months teaching art in an elementary School in San Isidro, Costa Rica. She completed her studies at Purdue University and received a B.A. in visual art and education.
Life during her professional career
She is married to Robert Shannon Meitus, an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer. When she met him he was a guitar player and songwriter in the band Dorkestra. She has a daughter, Amelia Newcomer Aldred. Newcomer's musical development, approach and themes have been influenced by her evolution in spiritual, philosophical and humanitarian areas and endeavors.
Music and career
In the 1980s, Newcomer was a member of the pop-folk and acoustic group Stone Soup which produced two albums: Long Fields  and October Nights . Both are out of print. Newcomer was the group's main songwriter and lead vocalist and she played dulcimer and guitar. The group was based in West Lafayette, IN.
After leaving Stone Soup, she moved to Bloomington, IN to record her first album called Visions and Dreams. Vision and Dreams was originally released on Windchime records and then later re-released with two additional tracks by Rounder records.[when?]  Between 1993-2010, she released twelve additional albums on Philo/Rounder. Her range of causes, activities, collaborations and philosophies significantly influences her music.
Her album Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer was released in 2004. It contained three new songs, plus, "what's held up for me what songs have become old friends, and what songs are requested often". The title track started out as a short story which Newcomer wrote while on the road, she then decided to incorporate the story into a song.
In 2009 Newcomer traveled to India as a cultural ambassador for The American Center and worked with students of the American Embassy School in New Delhi. While in India, Newcomer performed concerts organized by the U.S. State Department including those in the cities of Chennai & Trivandrum. After the first week in Delhi, she embarked a tour schedule that included concerts and performance in the evenings and working with community service groups during the days. Asked if the trip would affect her music, she said " “It already has. But I can’t write about India in the same way I can’t write about world peace. It’s too big. The way I generally approach songwriting is to tell a story in a moment as a way of talking about something much bigger. It’s the idea that we don’t remember days, we remember moments. We live moments......We live in an information culture. We’re getting so much information all the time from computers, BlackBerrys, cell phones, Twitter. This is about choosing to simplify, peeling back all the layers of distraction to find the heart of what really matters day to day, moment to moment. It’s not an album with a message. I don’t do messages. I’m not selling anything. But I do ponder this idea of the moment, being very present in your life." 
In 2011 Newcomer returned to India as a cultural ambassador for The American Center and worked with students of the American Embassy School in New Delhi, the The American School Bombay, and The International School Chennai. While in India, Newcomer performed concerts organized by the U.S. State Department and visited community service projects and facilitated workshops.
In 2011, following her 2011 trip to India, she released the album, Everything is Everywhere, on Available Light Records which featured Amjad Ali Khan and his sons, Amaan and Ayaan on traditional Indian instruments. The profits of "Everything is Everywhere" benefit Interfaith Hunger Initiative In the article "Carrie Newcomer’s cool fusion of East and West hooks listeners" Firstpost (Mumbai, India) identified Amjad Ali Khan and his sons, Amaan and Ayaan as "three of the best sarod players in the world". With the music in this collaboration albm, Newcomer said that her objective was "to create songs that were based in western song form, but would integrate and preserve the power, depth and energy of Indian music. I did not want to create western songs, add a tabla and call it fusion." 
Kindred Spirits: A collection is scheduled for release in November 2012. It includes two previously unreleased songs, two songs from her hunger benefit project (Everything is Everywhere) featuring Indian classical sarod performers Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan and Amaan Ali Khan, two previously unreleased live recordings, and a compilation of other songs.
Awards and recognitions
In 2003, Newcomer was named Woman of the Year by the City of Bloomington's Commission on the Status of Women. "The 2003 Woman of the Year, Carrie Newcomer, is best known as a singer/songwriter; however, Jennifer Bass, nominator, says Newcomers significant contributions go beyond her music. Nine years ago Newcomer and her husband Robert Meitus organized Bloomingtons first Soup Bowl Benefit and they continue to assist with the benefit. What is less known is Carrie's dedication to community and her generous support of local and national organizations, said Bass. She has donated money from sales of her cds to the Nature Conservancy and she has participated in benefit concerts in St. Louis and Tucson." Newcomer's "I Wish I May, I Wish I Might" was chosen as the official song of the two year Food For Thought campaign by The Indiana Humanities Department. Newcomer added "Newcomer added, “‘I Wish I May, I Wish I Might’ was inspired by the essays ‘Carnival” and “Bill and Bunny” by celebrated Indiana author, Philip Gulley." 
In 2007, her album The Geography of Light received the Artist of the Year and Album of the Year awards from Folk Wax Magazine. In 2003 her Album "The Gathering of Spirits" also received the Artist of the Year and Album of the Year awards from Folk Wax Magazine. That year she wrote the national theme song for the YMCA and collaborated with Scott Russell Sanders and folk songwriters Krista Detor, Tim Grimm, Michael White and Tom Roznoski on an album and theatrical production entitled Wilderness Plots. The author, cast members and director of Wilderness Plots were honored by the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate in a joint resolution which described it as "a musical tribute to the early pioneer settlement of the Midwest and embodies the rich history and artistic excellence of the State of Indiana."  Wilderness Plots received a 2012 CINE award for the professional telecast non-fiction division.
In 2008 Boston's WUMB radio station, included her on their list of the Top Most Influential Artists of the past 25 years. In 2010 Chicago's WBEZ radio and The Chicago Tribune included her on their list of Top 50 folk artists of the last 50 years.
In 2010, Rich Warren host of the Midnight Special radio program selected Carrie Newcomer as one of the 50 most significant singer-songwriters of folk music for the last 50 years. Warren also selected her Geography of Light as one of his (13) favorite CDs for 2008. He said "Newcomer is philosopher, sage, mystic and poet with an alto voice that I would follow to the ends of the earth. She also finally reached the perfect balance of accompaniment/production with her voice. The thoroughly engrossing songs require several listenings to see all the light (and dark) within them. Newcomer improves with every CD and her poetry grows more complex and luminous." 
Collaborations, organizations & causes
Newcomer has collaborated with a range of musicians in performances and recordings. She also has collaborated on performances, presentations and efforts with authors, academics, activists, and organizations.
Newcomer has collaborated with Jim Wallis. Jim Wallis is the author of the New York Times best selling book God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It,
Newcomer has toured the United States, Europe, Africa and India including performances with Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer-songwriter David Wilcox in shows based on spiritual story, Amjad Ali Khan, Barbara Kingsolver, Parker J. Palmer, Jill Bolte Taylor, Scott Russell Sanders and Philip Gulley.
Newcomer gives a percentage of her album sales to charitable organizations including the Interfaith Hunger Initiative American Friends Service Committee, America's Second Harvest, The Center for Courage and Renewal, and Literacy Volunteers of America.
In September 2012, the collaboration An Evening of Reflection, Conversation & Song: Taylor, Newcomer, and Sasso was hosted by the Athenaeum Foundation. It included Newcomer, Sandy Sasso and Jill Bolte Taylor with the objective of providing stories and music exploring the ideas in Parker J. Palmer's book "Healing the Heart of Democracy' for those in search of ideas on how to "Reclaim our capacity for civility and community".
Her albums also contain collaborations with a range of other musicians.
With Stone Soup
- 1984 Long Fields - Windchime RC-101/S
- 1987 October Nights - Windchime RC-102
- 1991 Visions and Dreams - Philo PH 1193 [1995 reissue]
- 1994 An Angel At My Shoulder - Philo PH 1163
- 1995 The Bird or the Wing - Philo PH 1183
- 1996 My Father's Only Son - Philo PH 1203
- 1998 My True Name - Philo PH 1223
- 1999 Bare to the Bone [Live] - Philo CD 9901
- 2000 The Age of Possibility - Philo PH 1226
- 2002 The Gathering of Spirits - Philo PH 1243
- 2004 Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer - Philo PH 1245
- 2005 Regulars and Refugees - Philo PH 1247
- 2008 The Geography of Light - Philo PH 1253
- 2010 Before & After" - Philo PH 1259
- 2011 Everything Is Everywhere Available Light Records AL 1001
- 2012 Kindred Spirits: A collection 
- 1993 Shelter: The Best Of Contemporary Singer-Songwriters Putumayo Presents Series
- 1996 One More Song:An Album For Club Passim Rounder Records
- 1998 Kerrville Folk Festival: 25th Anniversary
- 2001 Rounder Records: Celebrating 30 Colorful Years [Compilation, Limited Edition]
- 2002 The Singer Songwriter Collection Rounder Records
- 2003 Song Mania (More Songs About Love and Despair)
- 2007 Wilderness Plots Rosehill Records
- 2008 Kyser Klassics (Partial Capo)
- 2005 A Festival of Friends WFYI Public Television Broadcast
- 2006 Bernice Johnson Reagon/Holly Near/Carrie Newcomer : Light of Change DVD
- 2008 Wilderness Plots Songs and Stories of the Prairie
- "Newcomer, Carrie". FolkLib Index. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- http://indianapolis.metromix.com/music/article/q-and-a-with-indianapolis/1776251/content David Lindquist Q&A with Carrie Newcomer Indianapolis Metromix interview February 21, 2010 access date 2010-03-31
- http://www.carrienewcomer.com/Musical-Journey.html History section section of Newcomer web site Retrieved August 11, 2012
- http://mgrfirm.com/personal-profiles/robert-meitus/ Meitus personal profile section of Meitus, Gelbert and Rose LLP website Retrieved August 2, 2012
- http://www.puremusic.com/carrie4.html A Conversation with Carrie Newcomer by Frank Goodman, Puremusic.com February 2004 Retrieved October 6, 2012
- Lindquist, David (October 30, 2011) "Its a long way from Indiana to India, The Indianapolis Star,page G1
- "Stone Soup". AllMusic. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- Carrie Newcomer, that longing for something better by Arthur Wood Maverick Magazine (England) pages 40-43
- "Visions and Dreams". Rounder Records. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- "discography". Rounder Records. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- http://www.firstpost.com/living/carrie-newcomer%E2%80%99s-cool-fusion-of-east-and-west-hooks-listeners-124494.html Carrie Newcomer’s cool fusion of East and West hooks listeners by Uttara Choudhury November 5, 2011 Published by Firstpost, Mumbai, India Retrieved August 14, 2012
- "Mumbai embassy page". Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- http://www.carrienewcomer.com/content/uploads/1/Newcomer_Bloom_India_Feature.pdf A Life-Changing Journey Carrie Newcomer's Tour of India for the U.S. State Department by Debra Kent Bloom Magazine feature article February/March 2010 issue. Pages 58-63. Retrieved August 14, 2012
- http://m.timesofindia.com/PDATOI/articleshow/9707965.cms Amaan, Ayaan's new album The Times of India August 23, 2011
- http://travel.usatoday.com/alliance/destinations/perceptivetravel/post/2011/11/Listening-well-doing-good/569012/1 Kerry Dexter Listening well, doing good USA Today Perceptive Travel November 19, 2011
- http://www.carrienewcomer.com Official website Retrieved October 6, 2012
- https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups#!topic/blgtn.government/WnTJ-fjqSoI Carrie Newcomer Selected as 2003 Woman of the Year by Jillian Kinzie City of Bloomington, IN press release February 11th, 2003
- http://www.indianahumanities.org/news/food-for-thought-has-an-official-song Food for Thought has an official song! September 2, 2010 Retrieved August 31, 2012
- "About the YMCA". Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- "Wilderness Plots". Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- http://insendems.wordpress.com/?s=wilderness+plots The Briefing Room March 1, 2010 Retrieved July 30, 2012
- http://www.cine.org/winners/golden-eagle-award-recipients/spring-2012/telecast-non-fiction/#5 CINE 2012 award web page retrieved August 30, 2012
- "official webpage". Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2010/07/folkies.html Eric Zorn Top 50 folkies of the last 50 years, one man's list July 25, 2010
- http://doctorvoversea.com/if-not-now/ If Not Now by Rachel Vreeman June 14, 2012 Retrieved July 30, 2012
- http://www.interfaithhungerinitiative.org/ "Indiana singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer will be visiting Chulaimbo, Kenya in early June to visit the Umoja project sites. Proceeds from Carrie's latest CD, "Everything Is Everywhere," benefit IHI." Retrieved July 30, 2012
- http://buechnerinstitute.org/national-advisory-board/ Buechner Institute National Advisory Board member listing, King College website retrieved August 3, 2012
- http://www.mikegreenassociates.com/index.php?page=bio&display=43f Carrie Newcomer biography Mike Green and associates access date: 2010-03-31|
- http://www.firstunitedmethodistmadison.org/event/2012-04-27-carrie-newcomerparker-palmer-concert-7-pm/ Carrie Newcomer/Parker Palmer Concert Retrieved August 14, 2012
- "Jill Bolte Taylor and Carrie Newcomer Transformative Stories". Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- http://www.theacademioflife.com/event_taylor.php Transformative Stories; an Evening in Conversation and Music with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor The Academi of Life website Retrieved August 5, 2012
- "festival of friends". WFYI, Indianapolis, IN. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- https://blog.sojo.net/press/gods-politics-author-jim-wallis-speak-benefit-concert-featuring-carrie-newcomer Lindsay Morgan May 12, 2005 Press release by Sojourners Retrieved August 10, 2012
- http://morristowngreen.com/2010/06/23/mary-chapin-carpenter-at-morristowns-community-theatre-what-took-you-so-long/ Retrieved August 4, 2012
- "official biography". Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/alison-krauss-amp-union-station-glasgow-royal-concert-hall-1.395055 The Herald Scotland Alison Krauss & Union Station, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall by Rob Adams June 5, 1997 Retrieved August 1, 2012
- "official webpage". Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4150895440 Retrieved October 6, 2012