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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"


Musician Profile: Carrie Newcomer


Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. She has been described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and  “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone, “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate” by The Austin Statesman, and "She's the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, 'that is so true” by The Dallas Morning News."   She has toured with Alison Krauss in Europe and the U.S. Nickel Creek recorded Newcomer’s song “I Should’ve Known Better”, on their Grammy-winning album This Side.  In the fall of 2009 and 2011 Newcomer was a cultural ambassador to India invited by the American Embassy of India.  In October 2011 she released her interfaith collaborative benefit album Everything is Everywhere with world master of the Indian Sarod, Amjad Ali Khan.   In June 2012 Carrie Newcomer traveled to Kenya, Africa performing in schools, hospitals, spiritual communities and AIDS hospitals. In 2013 Carrie visited organizations dedicated to non-violent conflict resolution through the arts and the empowerment of women in the Middle East.  Huffington Post Religion Community listed her song “Holy as the Day is Spent” as one of the best spiritual songs of 2012.  .  She was listed as one of “The 50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT and Boston’s WBEZ listed her as one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years.

In 2014 Available Light Records released A Permeable Life.  Newcomer also has 14 national releases on the Concord/Rounder Records including; The Geography of Light, The Gathering of Spirits and Before and After.  In 2014 Newcomer released her first companion book A Permeable Life: Poems and EssaysA Permeable Life was in part influenced by Newcomer’s friendships and recent collaborations with influential authors, scientists and theologians, including Parker J. Palmer, Jill Bolte Taylor, Phillip Gulley, Scott Russell Sanders and Rabbi Sandy Sasso. Recent appearances on the PBS program, Religion and Ethics and National Award Winning Krista Tippett’s On Being have also focused on her use of songwriting as a spiritual practice and her work in social justice and interfaith dialogue.

Newcomer, a contemplative Quaker, cuts across secular and spiritual boundaries. In recent years, Newcomer has emerged as a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social and environmental justice. Carrie internationally facilitates workshops and presents keynotes on the topics of songwriting, spirituality and vocation in secular, college/educational and spiritual settings. 

Festival Schedule

May 14th - 7:00pm - Central Presbyterian - Concert

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