Carrie Newcomer is an singer, songwriter, author, and speaker. Over her career, she has produced 16 solo CDs and has received numerous awards for her music and charitable activities. She has also written two collections of essays and poetry as companion pieces to recent albums: A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays and The Beautiful Not Yet: Essays, Poems and Lyrics. Her songwriting has impressed the likes of Billboard, USA Today, and Rolling Stone, which wrote that she “asks all the right questions.”
Newcomer also speaks and teaches about creativity, vocation, activism, and spirituality at colleges, workshops, conventions, and retreats. In 2016, Goshen College awarded her with an honorary Bachelor of Music in Social Change degree during a ceremony in which she delivered the college’s commencement speech.
A frequent collaborator with numerous authors, academics, philosophers, and musicians, including Alison Krauss, Jill Bolte Taylor, Philip Gulley, Scott Russell Sanders, Rabbi Sandy Sasso, and Barbara Kingsolver, Newcomer has had an ongoing, long-term collaboration with Parker J. Palmer, with whom she has co-written several songs and performed a spoken word/music collaboration, “What We Need Is Here: Hope, Hard Times, and the Human.” In 2009 and 2011 she traveled to India as a cultural ambassador, including musical performances organized by the U.S. State Department. In 2012, she made a similar trip to Kenya on behalf of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Newcomer lives in Indiana.