MY STORY

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Ken Newman is a San Francisco-based Singer, Guitarist, and Songwriter.  In addition to performing with his band, "Double Down," (David Rabkin (drums) & Vicky Grossi (bass), Ken does solo acoustic shows throughout Northern California. His album, “What Am I Afraid Of?” produced by Scott Mickelson, was released on April 22,  2022, and has received glowing reviews:

“A musically earnest, at all times captivating, superbly crafted,

   and genuinely heartfelt new album.”

  • Anne Carlini, Exclusive Magazine

 

“A brutally honest album, that’s still fun to listen to.  A rare

  combination, indeed!”

  •   Here Comes The Flood

 

The music video of the title track has been awarded at over 15 International Film Festivals.   

Ken also executive produced and was a contributing artist on a compilation album, “Blanket The Homeless.”  Also produced by Scott Mickelson, this double LP, features 15 different artists, (3-time Grammy Award winner, Fantastic Negrito, Brothers Comatose, Whiskerman, John Craigie, Con Brio, Mickelson, Marty O’Reilly, Rainbow Girls, The Stone Foxes, Goodnight Texas, Ken Newman, King Dream, Tobias The Owl, Coffis Brothers, Tim Bluhm), all of whom donated their time and talent to help support Ken’s homeless outreach organization, “Blanket The Homeless.”  All sales of this album benefit his charity, as well.

BLANKET THE HOMELESS

For the past ten years, all earnings from Ken’s musical endeavors have been donated to homeless charities in San Francisco. Six years ago, he started his own street-outreach organization called "Blanket The Homeless." The original idea came from a friend, Bronica DiCarlo who suggested distributing emergency blankets to the homeless during a particularly cold winter. Starting with that simple idea, Blanket the Homeless has since expanded their offerings to include socks, gloves, hats, first aid kits, nutrition bars, Covid masks as well as a “Resource Guide” of free food, shelter and other services in San Francisco.

 

Since October of 2016, they have distributed over 9,000 of these ‘Care Packages’ to people living on the streets. They now work in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, the SF AIDS Foundation, the San Francisco Zen Center, Raising Sparks Ministry, Center for Harm Reduction Therapy, and other organizations in the Bay Area.

Image by Ralph (Ravi) Kayden