Newman was raised in the Michigan towns of Rochester and Grand Blanc, and was a 1978 graduate of Grand Blanc High School. From there, she studied music at Oakland University. She is best known for being "the voice" of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings, regularly performing the national anthem before the team's home games, dating back to when they played at Joe Louis Arena. She has been uniquely known as "The Red Wings' Own". She has toured with Bob Seger and Kid Rock. 
Newman has released five CDs, including the patriotic EP How Far We've Come, which includes the American and Canadian national anthems. Her single "Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue" has become a traditional favorite for many Detroit radio stations, and has been included for many years as part of the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade.
Newman is also known for her annual Christmas concerts, which began with the regional hit "Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue", a tribute to her hometown Detroit.