Ray Newman started acting at age 11 in the premiere of an Israel Horowitz play in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. She auditioned against her parents' wishes, both of which told her, "There are two people in this household with careers, and you're not one of them." At 16, while she was still in high school, Jaime founded Apollo Theatre Productions. She rented out a theater, hired a well-known local director, professional actors and an entire crew to put up their first show. She acted as both producer and director, and found such a warm reception that she produced two more shows the following year. Jaime attended Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan where she won the Carson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. She attended the Boston University School for the Arts theater conservatory for two years before transferring to Northwestern University as an English and drama major.

At Northwestern, Jaime founded the Ignition Festival for Women in the Arts. She also discovered a love for jazz music. Jaime performed with several bands, as well as her own jazz combo, in Chicago clubs before graduating in June 2000. Jaime officially moved to Los Angeles in September 2000. She has since started her own jazz sextet, The Jaime Newman Jazz Band, and is also writing and recording with a Hip-Hop producer. She has just started a series of evening readings of stage plays, utilizing the talent of actor friends hungry to work in the theater. She currently resides with her mother and father and younger sister. She is the red-haired, cowgirl sweetheart host of Studio M Country!


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