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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer to Perform at King University

Carrie Newcomer performs at King College's Memorial College.
Carrie Newcomer performs at King College's Memorial College.

January 30, 2018

King University's Institute for Faith and Culture welcomes singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer to perform Monday, Feb. 12 as part of the 2017-18 Lecture Series. Newcomer gives an abbreviated performance at King's Memorial Chapel at 9:15 a.m. on the main campus in Bristol, Tennessee. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia, hosts Newcomer in concert at 7 p.m. The Faith and Culture 2017-2018 series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

"We are eager to hear again Carrie Newcomer's rich melodies and piercing lyrics," said Martin Dotterweich, Ph.D., associate professor of history at King. "Her ability to draw depths from the ordinary, to weave themes from song to song, and to stir her audience through honest questions, come as both challenge and comfort. Her agrarian imagery, such as "... the hay bales just might, / Be mostly made of light, / And that leaves can fall like shining golden coins,' is born in the Midwest but resonates here."

An acclaimed musician, Newcomer released a new, live album in September, entitled "Live at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre with Friends." The album was recorded at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Newcomer's hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, and features songs from her album, "The Beautiful Not Yet," and a few other favorite albums from the past.

Newcomer is also an author who is respected and recognized as an artistic voice for the contemplative spiritual life the Boston Globe has dubbed her a "prairie mystic." She penned 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 body of work includes 16 solo CDs, including "Betty's Diner," "The Gathering of Spirits" and, more recently, "A Permeable Life." Through her work, Newcomer often collaborates with leading authors and theologians as well as other musical artists, such as Alison Krauss and Union Station, and the musical group Nickel Creek.

In 2008, Newcomer was listed as one of the Top Most Influential Artists of the past 25 Years by Boston's WUMB radio. She also facilitates workshops internationally about writing and spirituality, and vocation and activism on university campuses, in spiritual communities, and retreat centers. In 2010, she was invited to India by the American Embassy to perform for audiences and to work with community service organizations.

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Martin Dotterweich at 423.652.4835 or

Topics: Music