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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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In 2006, however, Jewel returned to her roots with the personal, folk-influenced album, Goodbye Alice in Wonderland. The album met with mild success.
The following year, in November 2007, Jewel made another musical transformation; she signed to Valory Records, and began working on her first country album. Perfectly Clear hit retail stores in June 2008 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart. The album included the hit "Stronger Woman,
" which made it into the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
In early 2009, Jewel announced that she was working on new album. Lullaby, a collection of lullabies for listeners of all ages, was released in May of 2009. The album's first single, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," a remake of the Judy Garland classic, was released on iTunes in March.
Jewel has sold more than 25 million albums over her musical career. In addition to her music, Jewel has also taken on several acting roles. She made her debut in Ang Lee's Civil War drama Rides with the Devil in 1999, acting alongside Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich. On television, she has appeared on such shows as The Lyons Den, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Las Vegas.
Jewel has also devoted her time to helping others. She established Higher Ground for Humanity, a charitable foundation that handles projects in many different countries, in 1998. Some of the organization's efforts include helping to provide clear drinking water to communities around the world. In 2008, Jewel auctioned off celebrities' hand-written lyrics to benefit HGH's drinking-water project.
In June 2012, Jewel announced that she would be playing June Carter Cash—the second wife of the late Johnny Cash—in an upcoming Lifetime movie, The June Carter Cash Story. For the role, Jewel dyed her hair brown and had veneers applied to her teeth, straightening her signature crooked smile. Actress Reese Witherspoon also played the part of June Carter Cash, in the 2005 film Walk the Line, and won an Oscar for her performance.
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