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Newman was raised in the Michigan towns of Rochester and Grand Blanc, and studied music at Oakland University. She is best known for being "the voice" of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings, regularly performing the national anthem before the team's home games at Joe Louis Arena. She has toured with Bob Seger and Kid Rock. 
Newman has five previously released CDs including the patriotic EP, "How Far We've Come", and is available through CDBABY.com and electronically through iTunes. This cd includes both the U.S. National anthem as well as the Canadian anthem. The single "Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue" has become a traditional favorite for many Detroit radio stations, and has been included for many years as part of the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade. This hometown favorite can be found on her first Christmas CD, What Christmas Means to Me and NOW... On her newly released full length holiday CD, Christmas Eve On Woodward Avenue, a collection of traditional favorites with a contemporary flair.
Karen is also very well known for her annual Christmas concerts which began with the regional hit "Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue", a tribute to her hometown Detroit. Karen will perform her Christmas show for the fifth year at the fabulous Fox Theater in downtown Detroit on December 15, 2015.
Karen has done numerous television commercials for local and national companies and has served as celebrity spokesperson for John Bowman Chevrolet, Evola Music, Discount Tire Company, Sargent Appliance, Hanson Windows, Diabetes Care Education Association, St, John Providence Health Systems "Because We Care" campaign and many other others. She works with and supports numerous local children's and animal charities in and around Michigan.
Karen and her family live in a suburb of Detroit.
- "OU alumna joins Kid Rock’s national tour - News at OU - Oakland University". www.oakland.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
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