Jewel Kilcher, more popularly known as Jewel, is the prolific country singer/songwriter/actress/poet who hails from Homer, Alaska. Over the years, she has sold twenty-seven million albums worldwide, and has had three Grammy nominations to boast.
Born in Payson, Utah in May 23, 1974, she displayed musical inclination at an early age, when she and her father began singing in taverns and bars. She later on turned to yodeling, playing guitar and finally, writing songs. Her discovery came one day in 1993, when she performed at a local cafe, and was seen by John Hogan, lead vocals from the band Rust, which was then being managed by Inga Vainshtein. The latter drove all the way to Innerchange coffee shop to see Jewel perform, and after the show, the head of west coast operations of Atlantic Records immediately offered to take her under their label. Two years later, her twelve-time platinum debut album, “Pieces of You”, was released under Ben Keith’s production, eventually selling more than twelve million copies in the United States. From this album came the hits “Foolish Games” and “You Were Meant for Me,” two of the songs that Jewel is very well remembered for. After “Pieces of You” came “Spirit”, a collection of inspirational ballads, released in 1998. This showcased the songs “Hands” and “Life Uncommon.” Jewel also released a Christmas album entitled “Joy: A Holiday Collection” the following year, including a cover of “Joy to the World.” In 2001, the best-selling album “This Way” came out, peaking at #9 on Billboard 200. “Standing Still” and “Break Me” were some of the released singles off the record. Two years later, Jewel released the highest-debuting album of her career, 0304, which hit the #2 spot on Billboard 200. This particular album was different from the previous ones, as it featured dance beats and layered vocal overdubs, as well as synthesizer flavors.
Jewel’s most recent release was the album “Perfectly Clear”, another country album with all songs written by her. Under this album, the single “Stronger Woman” was released, a song that conveys a powerful message for women of all ages. At the moment, she is working on another country music album, as a follow up effort to the chart-topper “Perfectly Clea”r. Becoming like Jewel may require a great music studio!
Truly, as already mentioned by the New York Times, Jewel is a “songwriter bursting with talents.” She is still enjoying such a longevity in her musical career, something that musicians very rarely accomplish.
Drew Mers writes about NY music studio spaces.
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