Jewel Kilcher (born May 23, 1974) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and poet, generally known just by her first name, Jewel. She has received three Grammy Award nominations and has sold over 27 million albums worldwide, and almost 20 million in the United States alone.
Kilcher debuted on February 28, 1995 with the album, Pieces of You, which became one of the best selling debut albums of all time, going platinum twelve times. In her career, she has released several albums, usually switching genres between working on her albums. Her most recent album, Perfectly Clear, her first country record, was released on The Valory Music Co. in 2008. It debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and has featured two charted country singles, "Stronger Woman" and "I Do". The latter peaked at #13, and "I Do" has made the Top 40.
For a time, she was poverty-stricken and lived in her van while traveling about 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. Poltz appeared in Jewel's band on the Spirit World Tour 1999 playing guitar.
Jewel was discovered by Inga Vainshtein in August 1993, when a musician from a local San Diego band, Rust, whom Vainshtein was managing at the time, 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, and asked him to pay for Jewel's demo. Vainshtein eventually became Jewel's manager, and was instrumental in creating a major bidding war, which led to Jewel's deal with Atlantic Records. Her first studio recording session was with Bruce Robb (producer) who produced, engineered, and mixed her first studio appearance. She cut her debut album, Pieces of You, when she was nineteen and it was released in 1995. Jewel recorded Pieces of You in a studio on Neil Young's ranch, and was backed by his band, The Stray Gators, who played on Neil Young's "Harvest" and "Harvest Moon" albums. The album Pieces of You was produced by Ben Keith, who plays the Steel Guitar for Neil Young. Part of the album was cut live at the Innerchange Coffeehouse in San Diego where she had risen to local fame. The album stayed on the Billboard 200 for an impressive two years, reaching number four at its peak. The album spawned the Top 10 hits "You Were Meant for Me," "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "Foolish Games." The album was a huge success and eventually sold over 12 million copies in the U.S. alone, more than all of her subsequent albums put together.
In November 1998, Jewel released her second album, Spirit. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. The songs "Hands" and "Down So Long" hit the Top 10. Other singles followed, a new version of "Jupiter (Swallow the Moon)," "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.
In November 2001, the album This Way was released. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 1 million copies in the U.S., standing as her most critically acclaimed album to date. Jewel hit the Top 10 with the song "Standing Still" and the Top 40 with the song "Break Me." Other singles released were "This Way" and "Serve the Ego," the latter giving Jewel her first number one club hit.
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. The album sold 82,000 copies in its first week out. The lead single "Again and Again" has had moderate success on Adult Top 40 Radio, peaking at #16. The second single, "Good Day," was released to radio in late June but failed to gain any traction on the radio airplay charts. Recently, a video for "Stephenville, TX," her next single, has been seen on Yahoo! Launch.
As of December 2006, the album barely sold 270,000 copies. It is notable in that it is the only Jewel album not to achieve Gold certification, even though it has been hailed as arguably one of her best albums. As one music critic, Timothy Duggan, notes: "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.
Currently, Jewel has 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 Arthur and the Invisibles, which was released January 2007.
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 (the same position as her previous album, Goodbye Alice In Wonderland, but sold 35,000 fewer units in its first week). 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 15,000 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, the single was #13 on the charts, which was its peak position. As of June 12, 2008, the song is no longer in the top 40.
The next single, "I Do," released to radio on June 23, 2008. The video for the single featured her future husband, Ty Murray.
There are two songs from the 0304 album that were subsequently put on later albums. "Fragile Heart" is on the album 0304 as well as the album Goodbye Alice In Wonderland. "2 Become 1" is also on the album 0304 as well as retitled "Two become One" on Perfectly Clear. Both songs were re-recorded in order to fit the general mood of their respective albums.
|1998||Saturday Night Live||Host with Joan Allen|
|2002||VH1's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame||Performer, sang duet of Here Comes the Sun with Rob Thomas. Read introduction to Brenda Lee, one of the inductees.|
|2003||VH1's 2003 Diva Duets||Performer, sang duet of Proud Mary with Beyoncé.|
|The Lyon's Den|| |
|2006||The Young and the Restless|| ||Performed at a fund raiser hosted by characters Nick and Sharon Newman to mark the first anniversary of their teenage daughter's death in a drunk-driving accident.|
|CMT Country Music Awards|| ||Presented with Ty Murray|
|7th Heaven||Neighbor to characters Kevin Kinkirk and Lucy Camden.|
|Las Vegas||Sang three songs from Goodbye Alice in Wonderland.|
|Men In Trees||Sang the song Good Day with a character of Men in Trees.|
|2007||American Idol|| ||American Idol, Season 6 Guest-Judge for the season six premiere / auditions in Minneapolis.|
|Nashville Star|| ||Co-host with Cowboy Troy.|
|Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race||ABC reality television series featuring a dozen celebrities (including boyfriend Ty Murray) in a stock car racing competition. In the first round of competition, Jewel matched up against former NBA player John Salley and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler John Cena.|
|Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge||American celebrity reality television show on CMT in which nine celebrities from across the board spend 10 days learning how to ride bulls with retired rodeo star Ty Murray (Jewel's long time boyfriend) for the PBR Jack Daniels Invitational in Nashville.|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Season 8|| ||Episode Bull - Sang the US National Anthem in a Rodeo|
|Nashville Star, Season 6|| ||The show has moved to NBC this season. Jewel is a judge, along with John Rich and Jeffrey Steele. Country music singer, Billy Ray Cyrus, hosts the season.|
In a now-infamous interview with MTV News icon Kurt Loder to support A Night Without Armor, Loder points out that Jewel misused the word "casualty"; her use was in reference to a casual attitude in society, while a casualty is a person who is killed or injured in a war or disaster.
She formed a non-profit organization called Higher Ground For Humanity with her mother Lenedra J. Carroll and her older brother Shane Kilcher. The organization's main focus became access to clean water in developing countries after The Clearwater Project was launched in 1999. The organization's focus is education, sustainable improvements, and building alliances with like-minded organizations. The Clearwater Project has taken on projects in South America, Central America, India, and Africa, building wells and water filtration systems. One such project was the reactivation of construction of a well through the use of a solar powered pump for the benefit of the Maasai people in the Sukenia region of Tanzania, Africa. Before Clearwater's involvement villagers were walking as much as 10 hours a day to fetch clean water. Other projects have taken place in Malakkara, India, Gualcea, Honduras, Sisoguichi, Mexico, and Bangladesh. Jewel donates a portion of her income to the organization and often holds events to benefit the organization. The organization tends to parallel the career of Jewel since she provides the majority of the organization's funding. As of 2005, the activities of the organization were reduced. In September, 2006, as part of Lifetime Television's Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign, Jewel delivered more than 12 million petition signatures to Capitol Hill, urging Congress to pass the bipartisan Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2005 (S 910/HR1849). The bill would ban the practice of "drive-through" mastectomies, when women are discharged from the hospital just hours after their surgeries.
|1996||MTV Video Music Awards||Best Female Video - Who Will Save Your Soul||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|1997||American Music Awards||Favorite New Artist||Won|
|American Music Awards||Favorite Pop/Rock Artist||Nominated|
|VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards||Most Fashionable Video: Foolish Games||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - Who Will Save Your Soul||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best Female Video - You Were Meant For Me||Won|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Viewer's Choice - You Were Meant For Me||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Award||Video Of The Year - You Were Meant For Me||Nominated|
|Billboard Magazine||#1 Female Singles Artist Of The Year||Won|
|Billboard Magazine||Top 40 Artist Of The Year||Won|
|1998||American Music Awards||Favorite Female Artist||Nominated|
|American Music Awards||Favorite LP - Pieces Of You||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - Foolish Games||Nominated|
|1999||Blockbuster Music Awards||Favorite Female Artist||Won|
|Audie Award||Best Spoken Word Album - A Night Without Armor||Won|
|Governor's Award||Songwriting Award||Won|
|2003||Radio Music Awards||Favorite Female Artist - Modern Rock||Won|
|Regis & Kelly Awards||Favorite Musical Guest||Won|