Before Jewel sold out venues, composed #1 hits, and landed on Bravo’s series, Platinum Hits, she was an Alaskan youth. She shared a strong bond with her grandmother, Ruth, who was an aspiring German opera singer. Ruth moved to Alaska to escape Germany and married Yule Kilcher. They went on to raise eight children and Ruth shared her passion for nature and music with them. Jewels’ father was an Alaskan cowboy singer-songwriter and connected with Jewel through music.
After high school Jewel worked in a computer warehouse until she was fired, homeless, and living out of a car for a year. With all her bad luck she was able to focus on music. Jewel built up a small fan base thanks to her regular gig at a coffeehouse in Pacific Beach. Her songs reached a local radio station and attracted numerous record labels. Jewel was signed to Atlantic Records close to her 19th birthday.
She opened for Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Sang with BB King and got to be on Merle Haggard’s album of #1 Hits. After a year of touring, “Who Will Save Your Soul”, “You Were Meant for Me”, and “Foolish Games” became hit singles. The album went on to sell 12 million copies. Throughout the years she has been honored with four Grammy Award nominations, an American Music Award and an MTV video Music Award. She was presented the Governors Award and her poetry collection was on The New York Times bestseller list. Jewel has also been featured on the covers of Vanity Fair, Time, People, Seventeen, In Style, Glamour, and Entertainment Weekly. Stuff magazine listed her among its ‘102 Sexiest Women in the World’ while Blender crowned her “rock’s sexiest poet.”
In 2011 Jewel and her husband, Ty Murray, celebrated the birth of their child Kase Townes. Soon after she released her second children’s album and in 2012 the album was followed up by a picture book and CD based on a song from the album. With a long history of success, Jewel is ready to release her first greatest hits album. The collection includes two new recordings of “Foolish Games” featuring Kelly Clarkson and “You Were Meant for Me” featuring the Pistol Annies. The album will also include her new single entitled, “Two Hearts Breaking.”
Jewel has had a multiple successes in the music industry, television series, and is a well-respected poet. She will continue to recreate herself making her grandmother and her fathers’ aspirations come true. Later this year, Jewel will take on her next role starring as June Carter Cash in the Lifetime movie, “Ring of Fire”.