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Singer-Songwriter Tracy Newman On Ellen, Ageism And Being A Late Bloomer

Tracy Newman, singer-songwriter

Photo: Jeff Fasano

UPDATE 5/10/15: Tracy will be performing at a special Sholem Community Mother’s Day Brunch and Show in Los Angeles.

UPDATE 4/14/13: Tracy Newman’s “Peaceful Easy Feeling” 40th Anniversary Tour is happening. Check out her upcoming appearances here.

By Stacey Gualandi

At 63, Tracy Newman went from award-winning TV writer to fledgling singer-songwriter. Tracy was a founding member of the improv troupe The Groundlings with her sister and Saturday Night Live alum, Laraine Newman. She had won an Emmy and a Peabody for co-writing the “coming out” episode of Ellen. She wrote for Cheers; and she co-created According to Jim.

But just when most people start thinking retirement, Tracy did a rewrite on her career. Now she tours all over the country with her band, The Reinforcements, and is currently working on her second CD.

Tracy Newman and her band

In the 60’s, she scored a significant song publishing deal and even appeared on The Tonight Show. By returning now to music, Tracy is now proving age is just a number. I caught up with Tracy between gigs recently to find out why she made the tough decision to return to her first love and whether or not you can start over… [Read more…]