Jewel Kilcher is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, author, and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2008, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. She rose to prominence with her album, Pieces of You, released in 1995. Jewel released her first independent album, Lullaby, in 2009, yule also made the first recorded crossing of the Harding Icefield. Jewel is the daughter of Lenedra Jewel and Attila Kuno Atz Kilcher, at the time of her birth, her parents had been living in Utah, where her father was attending Brigham Young University. She is a first cousin once removed of actress Qorianka Kilcher, Jewel spent most of her young life in Homer, living with her father. The house she grew up in lacked indoor plumbing and had only a simple outhouse, the Kilcher family is featured on the Discovery Channel show Alaska, The Last Frontier, which chronicles their day-to-day struggles living in the Alaskan wilderness. Jewel and her father sometimes earned a living by singing in bars and it was from these experiences she learned to yodel, which she does in many of her songs. Her father was a Mormon but they stopped attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shortly before she turned eight, Jewel learned to play the guitar while studying the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where she majored in operatic voice. She started writing songs at sixteen, and began performing live in coffeehouses, for a time, Jewel lived in her car while traveling around the country doing street performances and small gigs, mainly in Southern California. She gained recognition by singing at The Inner Change Cafe and Java Joes in San Diego, she would later make he debut record at Java Joes when it was in Poway and her friend Steve Poltzs band, The Rugburns, played the same venues. Jewel later collaborated with Poltz on some of her songs, including You Were Meant for Me, the Rugburns opened for Jewel on her Tiny Lights tour in 1997. Poltz appeared in Jewels band on the Spirit World Tour 1999 playing guitar and she continued to manage Jewel until the end of the first album cycle. Jewels debut album Pieces of You was released in 1995 when she was only 21, recorded in a studio on singer Neil Youngs ranch, it included Youngs backing band, The Stray Gators, who played on his Harvest and Harvest Moon albums. Part of the album was recorded live at The Inner Change Cafe in San Diego, the album stayed on the Billboard 200 for two years, reaching number four at its peak. The album spawned the Top 10 hits You Were Meant for Me, Who Will Save Your Soul, the album eventually sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone. In the late 1990s, Mike Connell created an electronic mailing list for fans, although Jewel herself does not subscribe to this mailing list, she maintained communication with her EA fans. On July 18 and 19,1996, she gave a concert known as JewelStock at the Bearsville Theatre
Jewel at Yahoo Yodel 2009
Jewel performing live for US troops aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, December 16, 2000
Jewel performing live in Providence, Rhode Island, September 2008.
Jewel being interviewed at the Yahoo! Yodel event in New York City, October 2009.