Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, mother and advocate. She went from a girl who
grew up in Alaska with no running water, to a homeless teenager in San Diego, to an award
winning, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist who released one of the best-selling debuts of all
times. Through her career, which has spanned over 20 years, she has earned multiple Grammy
Award nominations, an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award among many
others and to date has sold well in excess of 30 million albums worldwide.
Recently founding her own label imprint “Words Matter Media,” Jewel has inked a distribution
and marketing deal with Sony/RED MUSIC, and is busy writing songs for her next studio album
set to begin recording this summer for release in 2019 coinciding with her Silver Anniversary – a
celebration of 25 years as a hit-making recording artist that will be followed with a national tour.
In 2018, Cirque De Soleil honored Jewel’s incredible life story with the creation of a show
dedicated to her unique life. Millions in proceeds from the show, The Sixth Annual One Night
For One Drop, went to the global water charity One Drop and the event was filmed for an
upcoming prime time global TV special.
As Rolling Stone puts it, “With Jewel, family history shouldn’t be summarized. It should be a
college seminar. But here it is anyway.” Jewel’s distinct story began on an Alaskan homestead
when she started singing in bars at eight years old. She left home at fifteen and provided for
herself until the age of sixteen when she received a partial scholarship to Interlochen Fine Arts
Academy, which is where she began writing songs documenting her inner journey and the world
she saw around her with lyrics that were considered artful and profound.
At age nineteen, after being discovered singing in a San Diego coffee shop, Jewel found herself
in a bidding war between record companies wanting to sign her. Rather than take the largest
advance, she bet on herself, making an aggressive back-end deal, which at that time was unheard
of for an undiscovered artist.
Heralded by the New York Times as “one of the best singer songwriters since Joni
Mitchell,” Jewel credits her great mentors Bob Dylan, and Neil Young who took the time to
groom and encourage her as a young artist. Jewel’s debut album Pieces of You was released in
1995, recorded in a studio on Neil Young’s ranch, and included Young’s backing band, The Stray
Gators. The album stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for two years and spawned Top 10 hits
including the certified platinum single "You Were Meant for Me," "Who Will Save Your Soul",
and "Foolish Games". Described by Rolling Stone as “a record that carved out a perfectly
confessional, coffeehouse niche between the decline of grunge and the rise of the slinky pop
princess,” The album also reached mainstream success selling over 12 million copies and
becoming certified 12x platinum.
Her second album, Spirit, released in 1998, showcased Jewel’s raw talent and heartfelt emotions
she is best known for. “Jewel’s best enjoyed live, when she can let her voice loose and allow it to
run around.... you can’t deny what she does onstage. She has one of the most God-given voices I
have ever heard an artist be given" states Rolling Stone. Spirit is 4x Platinum certified and
includes popular singles such as “Hands” which reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
In 2001, Jewel returned with the platinum certified album, This Way. This Way honed a more
Rock-Pop music sound and was frankly described by Rolling Stone as “rough and fun,” the
album debuted at the No.2 spot on the Billboard 200 Charts. It featured the dance hit “Serve the
Ego” which wowed the masses, scoring a Number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club and
leading the way to Jewel’s fourth studio album, 0304. Entertainment Weekly opined that the
"unexpected dance-pop vibrancy (of 0304) makes it Jewel’s best album and All Music agreed
stating that "she puts herself out on the line more than she ever has, and she’s come up with her
best record, with her best set of songs and best music yet.” The album featured hit single
“Intuition” which peaked as a top 5 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Jewel’s versatile music career has spanned seven studio albums ranging in genre from pop, folk
and country and has had 23 hit singles. The progression and variety of Jewel’s albums
is due largely in part to mentor’s Bob Dylan and Neil Young who impressed upon her with their
advice to take risks and make music she is authentically interested in. Jewel’s second
album Spirit showcased an entirely different feel than first album, Pieces of You. Rock-leaning,
This Way, came next which then transitioned to the Dance-Pop that encompassed 0304. Next,
Jewel explored country with beautiful lyrics and melody. She debuted #1 in the country charts
with her first country effort. Always a story-teller, combining poetry and melody, Jewel’s body of
works speak for themselves.
Her bold ability to not only span genre and medium, but have success in each of them are made
possible by the consistent philosophic and poetic lyrical viewpoint which permeates everything
She defines herself as someone whose purpose is to serve as an emotionally honest mirror for
society. Never using art as propaganda to make herself or the world around her seem more or less
perfect than it is. Authenticity is the hallmark of each piece of art she puts out. She credits this as
the source of her longevity.
Jewel has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines including TIME and Rolling Stone,
performed on Saturday Night Live, at the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, for The Pope and for The
President Of The United States.
She was recently chosen to finish Johnny Cash’s half written songs for a just
released posthumous CD created by Cash’s son, John Carter Cash.
In addition to singing and songwriting Jewel is also a successful actress making her film debut in
Ang Lee’s civil war drama “Ride with the Devil.” She then went on to star in the lead role of
June Carter Cash in the Lifetime original movie “Ring of Fire,” nominated for four Emmy
Awards. In early 2017, Jewel became a Producer and assumed the lead role of Shannon Hughes
as an "intuitive contractor" on the hot franchise “The Fixer Upper Series” movies (based on the
best-selling series of books of the same name) for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. She is also
an Executive Producer, and plays a significant role, in the new Documentary “Lost in America,"
by Rotimi Rainwater on youth homelessness.
As an author, Jewel became a best-selling poet with her book of poems A Night Without Armor.
Jewel released her memoirs, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story in 2015 and it
became a New York Times Best seller, and penned 3 children’s books.
For philanthropy, Jewel founded her water Charity in 1997 and has brought clean water to 15
countries. She recently started the Never Broken Foundation and online program, and has
partnered with the Inspiring Children Foundation to make mindfulness and emotional
intelligence tools available to the masses for free. Jewel’s lifelong passion for her own personal
growth and health is helping her to become the spokesperson of modern day wellness and
mindfulness by sharing those same practices she used from the age of fourteen. Jewel’s
"WHOLE HUMAN" philosophy is designed to help people gain tone and strength in all areas of
their lives including emotional intelligence, physical and fiscal health, interpersonal relationships
and nutrition and, most importantly, as friends, associates and contributors to society.