"When Tracy Newman took the stage with her band, I was instantly tickled. The band was tight in all the right ways, and lose where it mattered" – Culver City News
"Throughout the show there were laughs and a real connection to the audience. From Emmy-Award winning television writer ("Cheers", "The Drew Carry show", "Ellen") to accolades and awards for her songs, Tracy is one of those budding stars of songwriting that, for a moment, you’re fooled into thinking she spent her career singing." – We Ho News
What: Emmy Award-winning TV writer turned award-winning songwriter, Tracy Newman will perform original acoustic folk songs alongside band mates in Prescott.
When: September 13th at 7pm (Ticket prices $15.00)
Where: Sharlot Hall Museum 415 W. Gurley St.
Who: Tracy Newman is an award-winning acoustic folk singer/songwriter and former TV writer. She has been a staff writer on hit shows such as Cheers, The Nanny, Hiller & Diller, Ellen, Drew Carey, and was the co-creator of According to Jim with Jim Belushi.
In 1997 she won an Emmy and the prestigious Peabody Award for co-writing the "coming out" episode of Ellen. At the top of her TV career, Tracy Newman took a departure to reinvent herself and pursue what she loves most, singing and songwriting. She released her first CD, "A Place in the Sun" and is currently working on two more.
Tracy Newman's unique story and talents have been celebrated in Huff Po, MORE, American Songwriter, and myriad other press. Her current band is made up of Gene Lippmann, Rebecca Leigh, John Cartwright, John O’Kennedy and Doug Knoll (the "Reinforcements"). Tracy Newman is also a founding member of the very successful Los Angeles improvisation group, The Groundlings.
More shows in Arizona:
Friday, Sept 14 Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Phoenix. Tickets are now on sale. $15. Show starts at 7PM. Here’s a link to the ticketing page: http://higleyarts.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=18 Also on the bill, Arizona native, Linda Bilque. We're in the 184 seat Little Theatre.
Saturday, Sept 15 (7-9PM) LAVA MUSIC presents Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements at Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S Kolb Rd, in Tucson. Advance tickets $15 at Brown Paper Tickets. $20 at the door. Seating for 200.
Here's why we're going to Arizona: About 6 months ago, a woman named Bonnie Vinning wrote to me. Among other things, she books musical acts for the Abounding Grace Sanctuary in Tucson. She has had my CD, " A Place in the Sun" for four years and says she loves it. So even though she'd never seen us perform, she decided to bring us there to play.
Here's how she got my CD: In 2008, I took the Reinforcements with me to a Far-West Folk Alliance Conference... I think it was in Mesa, AZ that year. I had booked 15 guerilla showcases for us to perform at... a very busy schedule, and when we got there I developed an extreme case of laryngitis. I literally couldn't talk. Needless to say, I was extremely bummed. With the help of my two singers, I had to find replacements for all 15 shows! Even though I just wanted to sleep, I forced myself to go to all the shows and watch the other acts and hand out my CDs. Bonnie was one of the people I gave one to! Another example of the good business advice "just show up!"
When I booked that show, I decided I needed to make a small tour out of it!