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Jewel is a multi-platinum singer-songwriter, poet and actress. Her debut album Pieces of You yielded the hit single "Who Will Save Your Soul."
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Jewel Kilcher was born on May 23, 1974 in Payson, Utah. Growing up in Alaska, Jewel began her musical career at the age of six, performing with her singer-songwriter parents. She played in San Diego coffeehouses, before signing a deal with Atlantic Records and releasing her first record Pieces of You in 1995. Jewel is also a published poet and actress, starring in Ang Lee's Civil War drama, Ride with the Devil.
Jewel Kilcher was born on May 23, 1974 in Payson, Utah, and grew up in Alaska. She began her musical career at the age of six, joining her parents, singer-songwriters Atz Kilcher and Nedra Carroll, on stage. After her parents divorced, Jewel continued to tour for several years with her father, who taught her how to yodel—a singing technique that Jewel has used in many of her own songs.
At age 15, Jewel made a big career jump; she began performing as a solo act and won a vocal scholarship to Interlochen, a private school in Michigan dedicated to the arts. While there, she began writing songs and took up the guitar. Jewel later moved to San Diego, California, to live with her mother, and eventually branched out on her own, ending up living in a van for a time as she tried to make it as a performer.
With her impressive vocal range and poetic lyrics, Jewel found success playing at coffeehouses in the San Diego area. Her first steady gig was at the Innerchange in Pacific Beach. While performing there, she was discovered by a music manager and record company representatives, who were impressed with her raw talent. Jewel signed a deal with Atlantic Records in 1994.
The following year, Jewel's first album Pieces of You was released, but it wasn't until 1996 that the album really took off. In the meanwhile, she toured constantly to promote her music, serving as the opening act for two musical legends: Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Her persistence began to pay off as her single "Who Will Save Your Soul" became a huge hit, climbing to No. 11 on Billboard's Top 100 chart. Two other songs from Pieces of You, "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games," were also well-received. With its folk and pop sensibility, the album went on to sell around 11 million copies. Listeners were captivated by the heartfelt emotions Jewel conveyed in her songs.
Jewel's second album, Spirit, released in 1998, showcased her talents as a folk music performer. Filled with ballads and simple instrumentation, the album included popular songs "Hands" and "Standing Still." That same year, a collection of Jewel's poetry, A Night Without Armor, was published, quickly becoming a best-seller.
With 2001's This Way, Jewel returned with a lighter, more pop-based sound. She went on to really reinvent herself with 2003's 0304, making a foray into dance music, much to the surprise of her longtime fans. The album debuted at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart and featured the hit single "Intuition." Not only did Jewel sound different, she looked different too, wearing sexier, edgier clothing in her music videos and on stage.
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