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Karen Newman in the WRIF studio!

It’s been about a year since I’ve talked with Karen Newman, so I thought we’d have her back on to talk about everything she’s doing leading up to Christmas, and about her vast career.

We talked about singing the national anthem for the Red Wings and how that started. She went through the entire process step by step on how she got the job, as well as what she went through each day preparing to sing. She spoke to her relationship with some of the players over the years. “They were really great. Some of the nicest athletes I’ve ever met in my life.”

Did you know she toured and sang backup vocals with Bob Seger and Kid Rock? She did. As Karen said, “I owe it all to Alto Reed.” She was singing and touring with Seger while the Wings were on fire in 1996! She talks about life on the road with both of those legendary Detroit performers. It was very interesting to her about her experiences of traveling the country with both of these bands. “Working for Kid Rock was really excellent” she said. “I loved being on stage with him!” Incredible!

She talked about the Christmas shows she’ll be doing, plus, a TV special on Christmas Eve on WDIV channel 4 here in Detroit. My DVR is already set for that one!

You can see her perform her Motor City Christmas with Michael King at the Roxy in Rochester on Saturday, December 9th.

She’ll then play the Andiamo Showroom on Sunday, December 17th. Tickets can be purchased at andiamoshowroom.com on Ticketmaster* or by calling the Andiamo Box Office at 586-268-3200. *Service fees will apply.

Get a look at some photos of her visit, and watch our conversation below.

Thank you, Karen!!

  • Karen out and and about in south lyon earlier in the year

    In our conversation we talked about the last time we saw each other in person. It was behind the South Lyon Hotel and my friends and me were out riding our Harleys. Karen talked about how much she loves small towns like that one.
    Karen Newman

  • Karen poses with her calendar

    Who remembers the WRIF calendar from 1999 with Karen?


  • Karen is very charitable

    Karen mentioned that one of her charities is the Beaumont Children’s Miracle Network. You can see more about this very worthy charity here.


  • Karen comes back to the WRIF studio

    It was so great having Karen in the studio to speak about her career and more.


  • Christmas eve on woodward avenue

  • Karen Newman sings the anthem before a playoff game

  • The interview with karen newman

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