Location: AMERICA NORTH: USA: California (CA)
Genre: AAA - Roots - Americana - Folk
Influences: Merle Haggard, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello, Beatles, Van Morrison, etc.
Tracy’s featured song, “Mama, I Know You Ain’t Santa,” is a co-write between Tracy and her long time friend, actress Lynne Marie Stewart. Part of it was originally a short poem Lynne Marie performed, lovingly imitating Dolly Parton. Tracy suggested they turn it into a song. They added the music, the Santa/Atlanta section, changed some words and this song is the result.
A few recent reactions to “Mama, I Know You Ain’t Santa:"
It is one of the best songs I have heard in years… especially a Christmas song. I cried! Unfortunately, I am not doing a Christmas CD any time soon. – Dolly Parton (2012)
Mama, I Know You Ain't Santa" made me cry. I'm just a cry-baby, I guess, but there are three places that kill me in that song. – Harriet Schock
I was thrilled when I heard Mama, I Know You Ain't Santa played on KBOO in Portland about three weeks ago. I love that song and played it many times in the car to and from the YMCA before Christmas. – Don Duncan
Mama I know you Ain't Santa is heartbreaking and uplifting...so powerful.– Irish Hugh
Produced by Travis Allen Childress and Tracy Newman. (c) 2007 Tracy Newman. All Rights Reserved. Kabeauty Records.
It's July! The 4th is coming up THIS Thursday! The first song on this account is Randy Crenshaw singing "4th of July" written by Michelle Krell Malone and Tracy Newman, otherwise known as Fifi and The Tracer! Travis Allen Childress produced this recording. Get your hot dog and enjoy!
Happy 4th of July!
That's What Love Can Do To Your Heart
1. Two Hearts
2. Flowers and Words of Love
3. Angel of a Man
4. Lie Down, Darlin'
5. That's What Love Can Do to Your Heart
6. Last Time
7. So Many Letters
10. Wake Me Up
11. One Way Road
Tracy Newman grew up in Los Angeles. She started playing guitar at 14, usually sitting on the diving board of her family’s pool, strumming for hours each day. Back then she was mostly influenced by the Kingston Trio, because she could actually play some of their songs, especially “Tom Dooley” which had, and still has, only two chords. After high school, Tracy wanted to be a folksinger, but her parents insisted she go to college. She went to the U of A in Tucson and quickly discovered the “folk” community. She stopped attending college and began playing on street corners for money, otherwise known as “busking.” Understandably, this freaked out her mother who flew to Tucson and dragged Tracy back to LA for “help.” The therapist, an elderly man in a suit and tie, kept nodding off during the sessions. Apparently, he couldn’t relate to an upper middle class teenage girl who just wanted to be a folksinger. It’s taken Tracy a while to get back to her dream.
In the early 70s, she joined an improv class taught by Gary Austin, which soon became The Groundlings. Tracy is a founding member, and besides performing, she taught and directed. Her sister, Laraine Newman was the first Groundling to be discovered there by Lorne Michaels for Saturday Night Live. Some other Groundling alumni include: Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens and Kathy Griffin. It was at the Groundlings that Tracy met her future TV writing partner, Jonathan Stark. Their first staff job was on “Cheers,” followed by “Bob”(Bob Newhart), “The Nanny,” “Ellen” and “The Drew Carey Show.” In 1997, Newman and Stark won an Emmy and Peabody Award for writing the groundbreaking “coming out” episode of “Ellen.” In 2001, they created the ABC comedy, "According to Jim," which ran for eight seasons.
Tracy had been writing songs all along, many of which were featured in TV shows. She’s once again writing full-time and occasionally performing. Her debut CD, A Place in the Sun is still a favorite with young and old alike, for long car rides across the nation. The title track on her latest CD, I Just See You, highlights the beauty of a long-term relationship and is a music video on YouTube. That’s What Love Can Do To Your Heart, her latest release, debuted January 2018.
Other Music from Tracy Newman includes "Mama, I Know You Ain't Santa" which is from the point of view of the young daughter of a single mother at Christmas time. (Stay tuned for a release page with just Christmas music written by and/or performed by Tracy).