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Like an actual gem, folk singer/songwriter Jewel has many facets: she can yodel as well as act, she has written a New York Times bestselling poetry book, and is now adding her first Country album to her resume. The contemporary artist renowned for her expressive, crystalline voice was among the most successful of the many new female performers who dominated the pop charts throughout the 1990s.
Jewel Kilcher, was born in Payson, Utah, and spent most of her upbringing in Homer, Alaska. She had already begun her career in music by age six, through performing with her father at local bars and taverns. Her writing skills, which would later make her a poet, were strengthened by creative writing workshops that were held by her mother. When her parents divorced, Jewel lived with her father and continued to tour and perform at pubs and tourist attractions.
While studying at the Interlochen Fine Arts Academy, Jewel majored in operatic voice and learned to play the guitar. Upon graduating in 1992, Jewel went on to live with her mother in California and after attempting a long trail of 9 to 5 jobs, she moved into her van and decided to pursue her dreams of being a musician. She soon became a regular act at Innerchange, a coffeehouse in Pacific Beach, and her fan base grew and multiplied, alerting Los Angeles record companies that she would be the next big thing.
In 1995 Jewel was signed to Atlantic and released her debut album Pieces of You. The album spawned the Top 10 hits "You Were Meant for Me," "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "Foolish Games" and ultimately went platinum 12 times. In 1997 she was nominated for her first Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal for the hit "Who will Save Your Soul". The following year she published her first book of poetry Night Without Armor which quickly gained acclaim as a New York Times bestseller, and released her highly anticipated sophomore album Spirit which gave us the Top 10 hits "Hands" and "Down So Long".
Jewel remained on the charts in the 2000s with her 2001 release This Way which included the Top 10 hit "Standing Still", her 2003 album 0304 which combined dance, urban, and folk music, and her 2006 Top 10 album Goodbye Alice in Wonderland. Jewel has also been involved with philanthropic causes such as forming the non-profit organization called Higher Ground for Humanity and promoting breast cancer awareness with the Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign.
Now, only on A&E's PRIVATE SESSIONS, three time Grammy award nominated singer/songwriter Jewel chats with host Lynn Hoffman about her remarkable career from starting out in her van to her new highly anticipated country album Perfectly Clear and being a judge on Nashville Star. Plus, she performs her monstrous hits "Hands", "You Were Meant for Me", "Foolish Games" and her new tunes "I Do" and "Anyone But You". Don't miss it!