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Jewel (1974)

Jewel Kilcher

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Jewel Kilcher , professionally known as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold over 27 million albums worldwide.

Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, released on February 28, 1995, became one of the best-selling debut albums of all time, going 15 times platinum. One single from the album, "Who Will Save Your Soul", peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100; two others, "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games", reached number two and seven respectively on the Hot 100, and were listed on Billboard's 1997 year-end singles chart. She has crossed multiple genres throughout her career. Perfectly Clear, her first country album, was released on The Valory Music Co. in 2008. It debuted atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and featured three singles, "Stronger Woman", "I Do", and "Til It Feels Like Cheating". Jewel released her first independent album Lullaby in May 2009.

Jewel is the co-host, as well as a judge, with Kara DioGuardi on the songwriting competition reality television series Platinum Hit, which premiered May 30, 2011 on the cable network Bravo. Jewel has the vocal range of a lyric soprano.


 early years
Jewel was born in Payson, Utah. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Homer, Alaska, where her grandfather Yule Kilcher, a delegate to the Alaska State Constitutional Convention and a state senator, had settled after immigrating from Switzerland. Yule also made the first recorded crossing of the Harding Icefield. Jewel is the cousin of actress Q'orianka Kilcher. She spent most of her young life in Homer, living with her father, Atz Kilcher. The home she grew up in did not have indoor plumbing; it had a simple outhouse instead. Jewel and her father sometimes earned a living by singing in bars and taverns. It was from these experiences she learned to yodel, as demonstrated in many of her songs. Her father was a Latter-day Saint, but they stopped attending the church shortly before she turned eight.

Jewel learned to play the guitar while at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where she majored in operatic voice. She started writing songs at the age of 16. While at school, she would sometimes play at Ray's Coffee House in Traverse City, Michigan.

For a time, she was poverty-stricken and lived in her van while traveling around the country doing street performances and small gigs. She gained some recognition by singing at the Innerchange Coffeehouse and Java Joe's in San Diego, California. Her friend Steve Poltz's band, The Rugburns, played the same venues. Jewel later collaborated with Poltz on some of her songs, including "You Were Meant for Me" (he also appeared in the second, better-known video for this song). The Rugburns opened for Jewel on her Tiny Lights tour in 1997, and Poltz appeared in Jewel's band on the Spirit World Tour 1999 playing guitar.

 music career
Jewel was discovered by Inga Vainshtein in August 1993, when John Hogan, the lead singer from a local San Diego band, Rust, called to tell her about a girl surfer who sang at a local coffee shop on Thursdays. Vainshtein drove to Innerchange coffee shop with a rep from Atlantic Records, and after the show they called Danny Goldberg, the head of Atlantic Record's west coast operations. At the time, Jewel did not even have a demo. Goldberg offered to pay for Jewel to record some of her songs. Vainshtein, a former film studio executive, became Jewel's manager and was instrumental in creating a major bidding war, which led to Jewel's deal with Atlantic Records and her subsequent appearance on the cover of Time Magazine, the first ever by an Atlantic artist. Her first studio recording session was with Bruce Robb, who produced, engineered, and mixed her demos.

She cut her debut album, Pieces of You, in 1995 when she was 21. It was recorded in a studio on Neil Young's ranch, and was backed by his band, The Stray Gators. The album was produced by Ben Keith, who played steel guitar in Neil's band. Part of the album was cut live at the Innerchange Coffeehouse in San Diego. The album stayed on the Billboard 200 for two years, reaching number four at its peak. The album spawned the popular hits "You Were Meant for Me", "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "Foolish Games". The album eventually sold more than 12 million copies in the United States alone.


Jewel was chosen to sing the American national anthem at the opening of the Super Bowl XXXII in January 1998 in San Diego. She was introduced as "San Diego's own Jewel!" However, she was criticized for lip-syncing the anthem to a digitally recorded track of her own voice. This was especially noticeable due to her missing her cue and not mouthing the first words. Super Bowl producers have since admitted that they attempt to have all performers pre-record their vocals. She performed the "Star-Spangled Banner" again in the 2003 NBA Finals in one of the New Jersey Nets' home games.

Jewel parted ways with her original manager, Inga Vainshtein, in February 1998. At the time, she was in talks with Daniel Lanois about producing what would have become her second album. However, upon letting Vainshtein go, and handing her career management to her mother, she abruptly changed creative direction, and instead of Lanois, ended up going with Patrick Leonard, who created a much more pop album. Spirit was released in November 1998. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 4 million copies in the United States. The song "Hands" hit #6 on the Hot 100. Other singles followed, a new version of "Jupiter ", "What's Simple Is True", the theme song to her upcoming movie, and the charity single "Life Uncommon".

A year later, in November 1999, Jewel released Joy: A Holiday Collection. The album sold over a million copies and peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200. She released a cover of "Joy to the World" from the album as a single.

In November 2001, the album This Way was released. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 1.5 million copies in the U.S.. A song from the album, "Standing Still", hit the Top 30. Other singles released were "Break Me", "This Way" and "Serve the Ego", the latter giving Jewel her first number-one club hit.

In 2003, Jewel released the album 0304. She wrote in the liner notes, "I wanted to make a record that was a modern interpretation of big band music. A record that was lyric driven, like Cole Porter, that also had a lot of swing. And a lot of it is thanks to Lester, because when I told him I wanted to make a record that combined dance, urban, and folk music, he didn't look at me like I was crazy." Following the limited success of "Serve the Ego", Jewel moved to a more pop-oriented sound with the release of the single "Intuition". The song, which strays from her usual folk style with simple guitar instrumentation, starts off with a French accordion and experiments with dance-pop beats using synthesizers. The song was successful, reaching #5 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart and #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite the different sound, the song is lyrically similar to her previous work. It has a number of references to culture, including celebrities such as pop star Jennifer Lopez, model Kate Moss, magazines, film culture, and commercialism.

 Goodbye Alice in Wonderland
On May 2, 2006, Jewel released her sixth album, Goodbye Alice In Wonderland. The album received mixed reviews, but still managed to debut at #8 on the Billboard Albums Chart and sold 82,000 copies in its first week. The lead single "Again and Again" had success on Adult Top 40 Radio, peaking at #16. The second single, "Good Day", was released to radio in late June and peaked at #30 on the Adult Pop Songs charts. A video for "Stephenville, TX", her next single, was seen on Yahoo! Launch. After a photo shoot at her Texas ranch, Jewel spontaneously decided to have photographer Kurt Markus shoot the music video for the song "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland". According to a single review appearing in the Market Wire business journal, widely duplicated in publicity material by her PR team,"The homegrown clip beautifully reflects both the song's organic, intimate sound and its powerfully autobiographical story."

, the album had barely sold over 270,000 copies, making it the first Jewel album not to quickly achieve Gold certification. CMT music critic Timothy Duggan praised the album: "This album showcases Jewel's unique talent as a lyricist, alongside a definite growth in her musicianship. It is what Pieces of You might have been had Jewel had the musical knowledge then that she has now. A very satisfying work, all in all." Rolling Stone however, called the album "overdone and undercooked" with a rating of 2 stars out of 5. Up to now, the album has only sold over 377,000 copies.

Jewel released a video for the new song "Quest for Love" as the lead single from the movie Arthur and the Invisibles. The song is only available on the soundtrack for the film, which was released January 2007.

 Perfectly Clear
In early February 2007, Jewel recorded a duet with Jason Michael Carroll, "No Good in Goodbye", that was featured on Carroll's debut CD, Waitin' in the Country. She also made a promotional appearance on the T in Boston for the Verizon Yellow Pages, playing songs on a moving subway car and then doing an hour-long acoustic concert in South Station.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, Jewel stated that she is no longer affiliated with a record label, confirming rumors that Atlantic Records failed to renew her contract after the lackluster sales of her then-latest album. She also hinted that she would like to do a country album next. She is working with John Rich of Big & Rich fame. He says that she is "probably one of the greatest American singer-songwriters we have had." He also said that "every label in Nashville" was talking to her at the time.

In November 2007, Jewel was signed to Valory Records, a newly formed division of the independent Big Machine Records label. Her first country album, Perfectly Clear, was released on June 3, 2008, selling 48,000 units in its first week. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and #8 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. In its second week on the charts, the album dropped to #25 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on the Country Albums chart, with estimated second week sales of 75,000 units.

Its lead single, "Stronger Woman", was released to country radio on January 17, 2008, and entered the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. On the April 26, 2008 country charts it peaked at #13. The next single, "I Do", released to radio on June 23, 2008. The video for the single featured her cowboy husband, Ty Murray. This song peaked at #28. Following it was "Till It Feels Like Cheating" which peaked at #57.

Perfectly Clear was released in Australia in late May 2009. It was then released across Europe by Humphead Records in June 2009.


In early 2009, it was announced that Jewel would release a new studio album titled Lullaby, a collection of lullabies, which she described as "not just for children, but also adults". Its lead single, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", was released on iTunes on March 17, 2009. The album was released on May 5, 2009. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" was #1 on The Top Children's Songs the week of release.

She also recorded a duet, "Make It Last", with R&B singer Tyrese in conjunction with the release of his comic book, Mayhem!. It was intended to be used for the soundtrack to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen but did not appear on the final tracklisting.

 Sweet and Wild
In January 2010, Jewel released "Stay Here Forever", from the soundtrack to the film Valentine's Day. It also served as the lead-off single to Jewel's ninth studio album Sweet and Wild released on June 8, 2010. The single debuted at #48 on the Hot Country Songs chart and reached #34 in May 2010. "Satisfied" was released as the album's second single on May 17, 2010, reaching its highest peak of #57. On October 10, 2010 Jewel released the third single from Sweet and Wild, "Ten". It made its debut on the Hot Country Songs Chart at #55 on the week of October 15, 2010 and peaked at #51 two weeks later.

 The Merry Goes 'Round
Jewel's second children's album, The Merry Goes 'Round was released in August 2011. It is the second album released by Jewel under the Fisher Price label.

 personal life
Jewel married pro rodeo cowboy Ty Murray on August 7, 2008 in the Bahamas after 10 years together. Their son, Kase Townes Murray, was born on July 11, 2011.

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Name Duration Released
Summer Home In Your Arms 02:55 08/06/2010
Bad As It Gets 03:54 08/06/2010
Fading 03:35 08/06/2010
I Love You Forever 04:25 08/06/2010
Satisfied 04:09 08/06/2010
No Good In Goodbye 03:24 08/06/2010
Ten 03:25 08/06/2010
One True Thing 04:14 08/06/2010
No More Heartaches 02:49 08/06/2010
Stay Here Forever 03:00 08/06/2010
Dreamer 04:23 05/05/2009
Raven 04:07 05/05/2009
Sov Gott 04:44 05/05/2009
Day Dream Land 03:10 05/05/2009
The Cowboy's Lament 03:59 05/05/2009
Circle Song 03:47 05/05/2009
Simple Gifts 02:47 05/05/2009
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 03:04 05/05/2009
Somewhere Over the Rainbow 04:25 05/05/2009
Sweet Dreams for You 04:16 05/05/2009
Forever and a Day 03:15 05/05/2009
All the Animals 02:46 05/05/2009
Rosey & Mick 03:36 03/06/2008
Love Is a Garden 03:48 03/06/2008
Perfectly Clear 02:56 03/06/2008
I Do 04:04 03/06/2008
Loved by You 03:28 03/06/2008
Stronger Woman 04:02 03/06/2008
Everything Reminds Me of You 03:15 03/06/2008
Till It Feels Like Cheating 04:00 03/06/2008
2 Become 1 |Two Become One 03:44 03/06/2008
Thump Thump 03:57 03/06/2008
Anyone but You 03:55 03/06/2008
Drive to You 04:14 2006
Words Get in the Way 03:58 2006
Only One Too 03:04 2006
Satellite 05:05 2006
Good Day 03:46 2006
1000 Miles Away 03:48 2006
Goodbye Alice in Wonderland 05:55 2006
Where You Are 03:28 2006
Long Slow Slide 03:48 2006
Stephenville, TX 03:56 2006
Again and Again 03:57 2006
Last Dance Rodeo 06:16 2006
2 Find U 03:17 03/06/2003
Becoming 04:24 03/06/2003
Leave the Lights On 03:24 03/06/2003
America 03:43 03/06/2003
Run 2 U 03:40 03/06/2003
U and Me = Love 03:38 03/06/2003
<font color= 03:15 03/06/2003
Yes U Can 04:01 03/06/2003
Sweet Temptation 04:10 03/06/2003
Haunted 04:53 03/06/2003
Doin' Fine 03:15 03/06/2003
Fragile Heart 03:33 03/06/2003
Intuition 03:49 2003
Jesus Loves You 03:20 11/2001
I Won't Walk Away 04:45 11/2001
Standing Still 04:30 11/2001
Cleveland 04:09 11/2001
This Way 04:16 11/2001
Serve The Ego 04:57 11/2001
Till We Run Out Of Roud 04:45 11/2001
Sometimes It Be That Way 03:44 11/2001
Do You Want To Play 02:55 11/2001
Grey Matter 04:35 11/2001
Break Me 04:04 11/2001
The New Wild West 04:47 11/2001
Everybody Needs Someone Sometime 04:08 11/2001
Love Me, Just Leave Me Alone 03:47 11/2001
Ave Maria 03:44 1999
O Little Town Of Bethlehem 03:11 1999
Winter Wonderland 03:39 1999
Gloria 02:38 1999
Silent Night 03:07 1999
I Wonder As I Wander 01:58 1999
O Holy Night 03:44 1999
Medley: Go Tell It On The Mountain/Life Uncommon/From A Distance 06:31 1999
Joy To The World 03:05 1999
Face Of Love 03:27 1999
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 01:53 1999
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 03:21 1999
Hands 03:54 17/11/1998
Life Uncommon 04:56 17/11/1998
What's Simple Is True 03:34 17/11/1998
Barcelona 03:53 17/11/1998
Deep Water 04:16 17/11/1998
Enter From The East 04:02 17/11/1998
Fat Boy 02:54 17/11/1998
Jupiter 04:18 17/11/1998
Innocence Maintained 04:08 17/11/1998
Down So Long 04:13 17/11/1998
Absence Of Fear/ This Little Bird 07:25 17/11/1998
Kiss The Flame 03:17 17/11/1998
Do You 04:21 17/11/1998
I'm Sensitive 02:54 28/02/1995
Who Will Save Your Soul 04:00 28/02/1995
Adrian 07:02 28/02/1995
Morning Song 03:35 28/02/1995
Painters 06:43 28/02/1995
Amen 04:32 28/02/1995
Angels Standing By 02:38 28/02/1995
Near You Always 03:08 28/02/1995
Daddy 03:49 28/02/1995
Foolish Games 05:39 28/02/1995
Don't 03:34 28/02/1995
Little Sister 02:29 28/02/1995
You Were Meant for Me 04:13 28/02/1995
Pieces of You 04:15 28/02/1995
2 Become 1 04:40
Stand 03:15



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