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 spent most of her young life in Homer, Alaska living with her father, Atz Kilcher.
The home she grew up in did not have indoor plumbing; it had a simple outhouse instead.
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, Jewel lived in her car while traveling around the country doing street performances and small gigs.
She gained some recognition by singing at the Inner Change Coffeehouse and Java Joe's in San Diego, California.
Jewel was discovered in August 1994 by Inga Vainshtein, a former Paramount studio executive, and Jenny Price,
an A&R rep at Atlantic Records.
She cut her debut album, Pieces of You, in 1995 when she was 21. The album was recorded live at the Innerchange
Coffeehouse in San Diego, and also in the studio on Neil Young's ranch. It was backed by Young's band, The Stray Gators.
May 23, 1974 ( age
Payson, Utah, U.S.
: 5' 6''
Homer, Alaska, U.S.
Atz Lee Kilcher
Ty Murray (m. 2008)
Pop, folk, rock, country
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, poet
Vocals, guitar, autoharp
2007 - American Idol - Guest-Judge
2007 - Nashville Star - Host
2008 -Nashville Star, Season 6
2011 - Platinum Hit - Host/Judge
2013 - Ring of Fire - as June Carter
2013 - The Sing-Off - Judge
"Cynicism isn't smarter, it's only safer. There's nothing fluffy about optimism."
About her song "Daddy": "I was seven years old and went to a friend's house for dinner. The father came and turned the TV off and punished the children because they weren't allowed to watch black people on TV."
"We are each others angels in the way that we answer each others prayers and we can also make each others lives miserable."
"What we call human nature in actuality is human habit."
"We are loved beyond our ability to comprehend."
"In silence you hear who you are becoming. You create yourself."
"The things you fear are undefeatable not by their nature but by your approach."
"People think I'm some kind of hippie. I don't even recycle."
"I rather see the world from another angle."
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist
MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video for "You Were Meant For Me"
Blockbuster Award for Favorite Female Artist - Modern Rock.
Radio Music Awards for Best Hook Up Song ("Intuition").