March 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm , by Sonia Harmon
Before and After is the latest album from singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer, and while her name might not sound familiar at first, this is her twelfth album and she’s toured with acts like Alison Krauss and Union Station. Her sound is smooth and folksy, and she’s on tour promoting her album through May.
Carrie is mostly praised for her spiritual, storytelling lyrics, but we also love her willingness to give to others—ten percent of her tour sales will be donated to the Center for Courage and Renewal‘s scholarship fund. Last year she also represented the U.S. as a cultural ambassador in India, where she taught workshops on songwriting and community service and visited slum programs for at risk women and children.
What makes me a lady: I believe that being strong and courageous usually has little to do with being fearless. Courage is more about loving something or someone so much that you’ll risk doing what is hard or scary. So many times I have stood at that crossroads and chosen the hard or scary path, because that was what love required. It is the depth of our love that makes us strong women and courageous ladies.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Dark chocolate. I love traveling and performing, but it can be very physically and spiritually demanding, so I try to eat healthy and move everyday. But most days, in the choice between a carrot and a piece of good chocolate—the chocolate would easily win.
Three things on my life list: 1. I would love to return to India. I spent a month in India this fall performing and visiting community service projects. I fell in love with India and hope to return someday. 2. I would love to go hiking in the New Zealand rainforest. 3. I would love to grow two inches and be 5’6”. But at this point in my life, I believe I’ll just have to settle for higher heels!
If I could have a superpower, it would be: I think it would be fun to understand and speak any language, including birds, animals and plants. Can you imagine the stories a very old tree would have to tell, or the interesting perspective of a migrating bird or loyal dog? What would the song of a star sound like?
Ladies I admire: My mother. She’s been gone many years now, but there is not a day that I don’t miss her. Barbara Kingsolver, because she writes and speaks the truth, and does it beautifully. Mary Oliver, because she says more in one poem than volumes can say. Krista Tippett—she’s created the most thoughtful program on the intersection of faith, culture and science on the radio today. All my dear friends and colleagues who are balancing work, family and passionate, creative lives. Finally, my daughter Amelia Rose—she’s smart, funny, perceptive, compassionate and cooler than I will ever hope to be!
You can hear Carrie’s new album on her website, CarrieNewcomer.com.
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