Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Cherry Hill is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a population of 71,045, reflecting an increase of 1,080 from the 69,965 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 617 from the 69,348 counted in the 1990 Census; as of 2010, the township was the state's 15th most populous municipality and the second-largest in Camden County, after having been the state's 13th most populous municipality in the 2000 Census. An edge city of Philadelphia, Cherry Hill is situated on the Delaware Valley coastal plain 8 miles southeast of Center City, Philadelphia; the area now known as Cherry Hill was settled by the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans before being displaced by the first settlers from England, namely Quaker followers of William Penn who arrived in the late 17th century. The first settlement was a small cluster of homes named Colestown, in the perimeters of what is now the Colestown Cemetery on the corner of Route 41 and Church Road.
The municipality was founded on February 25, 1844, in Gloucester County as Delaware Township from half of the area of Waterford Township, became part of Camden County at its creation some two weeks on March 13, 1844. Portions of the township were taken to form Stockton Merchantville. At its territorial peak, Delaware Township included all of modern-day Cherry Hill Township, as well as the neighborhood of North Camden and the municipalities Merchantville and Pennsauken; the township's population grew after World War II, continued to increase until the 1980s. Today, the municipality's population is stable with new development occurring in pockets of custom luxury houses or through the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of commercial and industrial areas. Cherry Hill was a 19th-century farm on Kaighn Avenue, owned by Abraham Browning; the farm property became the Cherry Hill Inn, as well as an office campus, today's Cherry Hill Towers and Cherry Hill Estates housing developments. Adding to the prevalence of the Cherry Hill name, developer Eugene Mori branded several properties using the name, including the Cherry Hill Inn and Cherry Hill Lodge hotels, Cherry Hill Apartments, Cherry Hill Estates.
Cherry Hill Shopping Center opened in 1961 opposite the old Cherry Hill Farm site, featuring 75 stores within a single enclosed space. When the township sought a new post office, another New Jersey municipality in Hunterdon County was using the name Delaware Township; the United States Postal Service insisted on a name change, suggesting "Deltown". Delaware Township mayors Christian Weber and John Gilmour pursued public write-in campaigns to select possible titles, chose Cherry Hill from suggestions that included Chapel Hill, Cherry Valley and Delaware City; the name "Cherry Hill" was chosen by the township's citizens in a non-binding referendum in 1961, was adopted November 7, 1961. According to the United States Census Bureau, Cherry Hill township had a total area of 24.244 square miles, including 24.097 square miles of land and 0.147 square miles of water,Ashland, Cherry Hill Mall, Golden Triangle, Kingston Estates and Springdale are unincorporated communities and census-designated places located within the township.
Other unincorporated communities and place names located or within the township include Coffins Corner, Cooperstown, Deer Park, Freeman, Huttons Hill, Locust Grove and Woodcrest. The township's eastern border with Burlington County is defined by the Pennsauken Creek; the creek separates Cherry Hill from the communities of Maple Shade Township, Evesham Township, Mount Laurel Township. The Cooper River forms the southern border with Haddon Township, Haddonfield Borough, Lawnside Borough, through the Maria Barnaby Greenwald Park and parallel to the east-west Route 70. To the north, Cherry Hill borders Merchantville Borough and Pennsauken Township, while Voorhees Township shares its southern border along County Route 544. Cherry Hill has a humid subtropical climate, with mild winters however subject to changeable conditions with occasional ice and heavy snowfall that melts within days of falling. Summers are long and humid; the area can feel effects from Atlantic tropical storms. Precipitation is plentiful in all seasons.
The Asian-American population in Cherry Hill is experiencing rapid growth, increasing by an estimated 21.0% from 7,661 in 2010 to 9,266 in 2016, according to the 2016 American Community Survey out of proportion to the less than 1.0% growth in the overall population of the township over the same period. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 71,045 people, 26,882 households, 19,301.276 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,948.3 per square mile. There were 28,452 housing units at an average density of 1,180.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 78.06% White, 6.14% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 11.69% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.83% from other races, 2.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.64% of the population. There were 26,882 household
Bridge over Troubled Water (song)
"Bridge over Troubled Water" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. Produced by the duo and Roy Halee, the song was released as the follow-up single to "The Boxer" in January 1970; the song is featured on Bridge over Troubled Water. Composed by singer-songwriter Paul Simon, the song is performed on piano and carries the influence of gospel music; the original studio recording employs elements of Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" technique using L. A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew. It was the last song recorded for their fifth and final album, but the first completed; the song's instrumentation was recorded in California. Simon felt his partner, Art Garfunkel, should sing the song solo, an invitation Garfunkel declined but accepted. Session musician Larry Knechtel performs piano on the song, with Joe Osborn playing bass guitar and Hal Blaine closing out the song with drums; the song won five awards at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971, including Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
The song became Simon & Garfunkel's biggest hit single, it is considered their signature song. It was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, it topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand, it was a top five hit in eight other countries as well selling over six million copies worldwide, making it among the best-selling singles. It became one of the most performed songs of the twentieth century, with over 50 artists, among them Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, covering the song, it was ranked number 48 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. "Bridge over Troubled Water" was composed by Paul Simon quickly, so much so that he asked himself, "Where did that come from? It doesn't seem like me." The title lyric was inspired by Claude Jeter's line "I'll be your bridge over deep water if you trust in me," which Jeter sang with his group, the Swan Silvertones, in the 1958 song "Mary Don't You Weep." According to gospel producer and historian Anthony Heilbut, Simon acknowledged his debt to Jeter in person, handed Jeter a check.
Simon wrote the song on guitar but transposed it to the piano to better reflect the gospel influence and suit Garfunkel's voice. Simon told his partner, Art Garfunkel, that Garfunkel should sing it alone, the "white choirboy way". Garfunkel felt. At the suggestion of Garfunkel and producer Roy Halee, Simon wrote an extra verse and a "bigger" ending, though he felt it was less cohesive with the earlier verses; the final verse was written about Simon's then-wife Peggy Harper, who had noticed her first gray hairs. It does not refer to a drug abuser's hypodermic needle; the verse was Garfunkel's idea, but Simon has never cared for it."Bridge over Troubled Water" was the final track to be recorded for the album but the first completed, with an additional two weeks of post-production. Simon composed the song in G major, but arranger and composer Jimmie Haskell transposed the song to E-flat major to suit Garfunkel's voice; the song was recorded in California, to make it easier for Garfunkel to go to Mexico to film Catch-22.
Simon wanted a gospel piano sound, hired session musician Larry Knechtel. Joe Osborn played one high and the other low. A horn section rounded off the song; the drums were played by Hal Blaine in an echo chamber to achieve a hall effect and Los Angeles session percussionist Gary Coleman played the Vibraphone. The arranger, Jimmy Haskell, labeled the string arrangement as "Like a Pitcher of Water". Simon and Garfunkel returned to New York to record the vocals; the vocal style in "Bridge over Troubled Water" was inspired by Phil Spector's technique in "Old Man River" by The Righteous Brothers. After two months the song was finished. Simon said it sounded like the Beatles' "Let It Be", stating in a Rolling Stone interview: "They are similar songs in instrumentation."As their relations frayed preceding their 1970 breakup, Simon began to feel jealous that he allowed Garfunkel to sing it solo: He felt I should have done it, many times on a stage, when I'd be sitting off to the side and Larry Knechtel would be playing the piano and Artie would be singing "Bridge", people would stomp and cheer when it was over, I would think, "That's my song, man..."
Despite the song's five-minute length, Columbia decided to service "Bridge Troubled Water" to pop radio. Bob Dylan had landed a song past the three-minute barrier on AM radio with "Like a Rolling Stone" in 1965, which played into Columbia's decision, it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 28, 1970, stayed at the top of the chart for six weeks. "Bridge over Troubled Water" topped the adult contemporary chart in the US for six weeks. Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1970. The song was certified gold for over one million copies in the US by the Recording Industry Association of America, the song has sold over six million copies worldwide, making it among the best-selling singles; the single won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the Grammy Awards of 1971, with its album winning several awards in the same year. "Bridge over Troubled Water" entered the Billboard Hot 100 top 40 at no.13 on February 9, 1970. It jumped to no.3 the following week before climbing to no.1.
During a six week run at the top – the most for any single that year – Simon and Garfunkel held off strong competition from Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Jaggerz. On April 11, the song fell t
Gavin Shane DeGraw is an American musician and songwriter. He rose to fame with the single "I Don't Want to Be" from his debut album Chariot which became the theme song for the television drama series One Tree Hill. Other singles from the album included notably "Chariot" and "Follow Through", his second self-titled album was released in 2008 and included the top-twenty single "In Love with a Girl". In 2009, DeGraw released his third album Free, his fourth album Sweeter spawned hit single "Not Over You", as well as "Soldier" and "Sweeter". In 2013, DeGraw released Make a Move, Something Worth Saving followed in September 2016. DeGraw has sold more than a million records in the United States, his duet with Colbie Caillat on "We Both Know" for the film Safe Haven received a Grammy Award nomination. DeGraw grew up in New York, his mother, was a detox specialist, his father, Wayne DeGraw, was a prison guard. His father is of Irish descent and his mother was of Russian Jewish ancestry. DeGraw began playing piano at the age of eight.
He has two older siblings, a sister Neeka and a brother, Joey a musician. Growing up in a musical family, he was raised to regard music as part of the fabric of everyday life rather than a remote show-business ideal; as a teenager, DeGraw experienced a personal epiphany when he discovered Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, whose combination of personal charm and emotional commitment struck a chord in the budding musician. DeGraw played in a local Catskills group called The People's Band with fellow local musicians: Steven Levine on vocals, as well as his brother, Joey; the band played many of the local clubs around the Monticello area. On his brother's advice, DeGraw began writing his own songs, he attended Ithaca College on a music scholarship, but found himself spending more time in his dorm room writing songs than attending classes, dropped out after one semester. DeGraw moved to Boston, where he attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music for two semesters while singing in a rock band and playing solo gigs on the side.
After leaving Berklee and relocating to Manhattan in March 1998, DeGraw immediately began making substantial career inroads and organically laying the groundwork for a musical career. "I kept having small successes," he recalls, "just things like applause from small audiences, or people saying they'd heard about me. Those tiny bits of recognition were fuel for me to continue, made me feel like I was on the right track." Within a few months of his arrival, DeGraw made his way into the Ron Grant and Friends open-mic night at Wilson's, the noted Upper West Side restaurant inside the Lucerne hotel. After wowing the audience, the next day the night manager and talent coordinator Shar Thompson introduced DeGraw to the club's owner, Debbie Wilson. Wilson signed on as his manager and immediately, word of the talented newcomer began to spread through New York's music community, the quality of his performances lived up to the buzz. "When I first heard Gavin perform, I turned to Debbie and said I need to sign this guy right now, says Randy Sabiston, Senior Director of A&R at Warner Chappell.
"Gavin is a special songwriter and as a publisher I didn't need to mull it over in my head. Early on, DeGraw was offered a deal by a major label. Rather than succumb to the obvious temptation, he chose to decline the offer and continue his development as a songwriter and performer, while paying the rent by working as a waiter and newsstand clerk, he signed a record deal with Clive Davis and his J Records imprint. In the spring of 2002, following a sold-out showcase at New York's Joe's Pub, DeGraw began work on his debut album Chariot; the album's depth and focus attest to DeGraw's clear vision of his identity as an artist. "I wanted to create something, timeless rather than fashionable," he explains. "I was concerned with developing a sound that wasn't disposable. I didn't want to have too much glitter on me." The adjustment from the immediacy of the live stage to the discipline of the recording studio was an educational process that gave DeGraw new insight into his own work. "It made me think about making records differently," he says.
"At first I felt out of my element, because you have to learn the language and the science of making a record. It's a real process to get to the point. We worked at making it breathe." DeGraw rose to fame in 2003, when "I Don't Want to Be" was chosen as the theme song for teen drama One Tree Hill. He released Chariot, on July 22, 2003, under J Records. Chariot was produced by Mark Endert. Chariot earned platinum certification; the album featured three of DeGraw's singles: "I Don’t Want To Be", "Follow Through" and "Chariot". He went on to release an acoustic version of the album called Chariot Stripped in 2004. Chariot Stripped contains a cover version of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come". "I Don't Want to Be" has been performed on American Idol and Idol Sweden by various contestants during different seasons. DeGraw's second album, the self-titled Gavin DeGraw was released on May 6, 2008. Ahead of this, its single "In Love with a Girl" was released on February 12, 2008; the second U. S. single "Cheated On Me" was released in the US on September 30, 2008.
This was followed by the Live From Soho album, released on November 7, 2008, featuring tracks from Gavi
Marc Broussard is an American singer-songwriter. His style is best described as "Bayou Soul", a mix of funk, blues, R&B, pop, matched with distinct Southern roots. In his career, he has released eight studio albums, one live album, three EPs, has charted twice on Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks. Marc Broussard is the son of acclaimed Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist and former member of The Boogie Kings, Ted Broussard. Marc was raised in Carencro and Lafayette, Louisiana. In 2001 Broussard was part of Y, a Christian band; the short-lived band was based out of Louisiana. Broussard's solo career started with the release of several independent efforts, including 2002's Momentary Setback which spawned the hit "The Wanderer", a song about self-discovery. A re-worked version of the song appears on his first major album Carencro, released on August 3, 2004; the album's title pays tribute to the musician's hometown of Carencro, where he still resides. It featured the two singles "Where You Are" and "Home". In 2007, he released S.
O. S.: Save Our Soul, an album consisting entirely of cover songs. The album was his first to reach the top 100 of the Billboard 200 in the US, debuting and peaking at No. 96: this had the effect of "graduating" him from the Top Heatseekers chart, which consists of albums by artists who have never reached the top 100. Broussard finished recording the Must Be The Water EP on the Rock Boat VII in January 2008 and released it that year, he was no stranger to The Rock Boat, an annual cruise and music festival. This was Broussard’s first release with his new label, Atlantic Records, with which he signed a multi-album contract in 2007. Broussard's music has been featured on shows such as Clash of the Choirs in which "Home" was performed by a Blake Shelton-led choir. Singer Kelly Clarkson performed "Home" as part of her live setlist in 2006-07. Most "Must Be the Water" was the theme song for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. Broussard has been a featured performer on many TV programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, A&E Breakfast with the Arts, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS Saturday Early Show, Larry King Live, Lopez Tonight, CBS’s Saturday Morning’s Second Cup Cafe.
In 2008, he released his next studio album. The song "Hard Knocks" from this album was featured in the last episode of the 2009 season of Hard Knocks on HBO featuring the Cincinnati Bengals. Broussard's fourth full-length album, Marc Broussard was released on June 14, 2011. An early release called Marc Broussard EP was released on March 22, 2011 and features the singles "Lucky" and "Only Everything". A third single "Cruel" followed that year. In late 2012, he signed a new deal with Vanguard Records. On November 6, 2015, he released his first Christmas album and Mistletoe independently, preceded by the single/video "Almost Christmas". In March 2016, he announced a new studio album which would serve as a sequel to his successful'70s-influenced S. O. S.: Save Our Soul cover album. The set's first single "Cry to Me" premiered in May; the following year, he released his next studio album Easy to Love on September 15, 2017. In September 2018, he premiered a music video for the song "Memory of You". Broussard married his wife, Sonya, on The Rock Boat VII in January 2008.
They have four children. Broussard is involved in philanthropic work, he founded the Momentary Setback Fund to benefit victims of Hurricane Rita. He released an album Bootleg to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, with all proceeds going to help rebuild Broussard's home state, Louisiana, he is involved in the United Way and Habitat for Humanity. In 2007, Broussard was involved in an Entertain the Troops tour in the Middle East. Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman Lemonade Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino Family Under Summer Sun Everything She Was Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen Serve2 Dark Streets - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Christmas Gumbo Backatown Home by the River LIVE Öpfelboum u Palme Home I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country Overture Christmas Soul Father Figures - Soundtrack Official website Marc Broussard at AllMusic Internet Archive: Audio Archive: Live Music Archive: Marc Broussard
Real Love (Mary J. Blige song)
"Real Love" is a song recorded by American singer Mary J. Blige for her debut studio album What's the 411?. It was produced by Cory Rooney and Mark Morales; the song samples Audio Two's 1987 song "Top Billin'", was issued as the album's second single on August 25, 1992. It became Blige's first top-ten hit, peaking at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, it reached the top on both the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rhythmic charts, was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on November 4, 1992. The official music video for the song was directed by Marcus Raboy. Credits adapted from the What's the 411? Liner notes. Cory Rooney – producer Mark Morales – producer Sean Combs – executive producer Charlie Davis – executive producer Kurt Woodley – executive producer In 2004, American pop rock singer-songwriter Toby Lightman covered "Real Love" and included it as the closing track on the re-release of her debut studio album Little Things; the song was issued as the final single from the album.
The official music video for the song was directed by Charles Jensen. List of number-one R&B singles of 1992 "Real Love" at AllMusic "Real Love" at Discogs Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Mary J. Blige
Mary Jane Blige is an American singer and actress. She started her career as a backing singer on Uptown Records in 1989, she has released 13 studio albums. Blige has sold over 80 million records, has won nine Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and has received three Golden Globe Award nominations, including one for her supporting role in the film Mudbound and another for its second original song "Mighty River" for Mudbound. In 1992, Blige released her first album, What's the 411?. Her 1994 album My Life is among Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Time magazine's All-Time 100 Albums, she received a Legends Award at the World Music Awards in 2006, the Voice of Music Award from ASCAP in 2007. As of 2018, Blige has sold 80 million records worldwide. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the past 25 years. In 2017, Billboard magazine named her 2006 song "Be Without You" as the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop song of all time, as it spent an unparalleled 15 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and over 75 weeks on the chart.
In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. Ln 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in "The 100 Greatest Women in Music" list. Blige was born on January 11, 1971 in New York City, in the borough of The Bronx, but grew up in Savannah, Georgia, she and her family moved back to New York and resided in the Schlobohm Housing Projects, located in Yonkers, New York. She was born to mother Cora, a nurse, father Thomas Blige, a Jazz musician, she is the second of three children, she has an older sister LaTonya Blige-DaCosta, brother, Bruce Miller. The family subsisted on her mother's earnings as a nurse after her father left the family in the mid-1970s, the former an alcoholic and the latter a Vietnam War veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Blige spent her early years in Richmond Hill, where she sang in a Pentecostal church. At the age of five, she was molested by a family friend, as a teenager she endured years of sexual harassment from peers of both sexes, she taught herself boxing in an effort to defend and protect herself.
She would turn to alcohol and promiscuous sex to try and numb the pain. Blige moved to Schlobohm Houses in Yonkers, New York north of New York City, where she lived with her mother and older sister. Blige dropped out of high school in her junior year. Pursuing a musical career, Blige spent a short time in a Yonkers band named Pride with band drummer Eddie D'Aprile. In early 1988, she recorded an impromptu cover of Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" at a recording booth in the Galleria Mall in White Plains, New York, her mother's boyfriend at the time played the cassette for Jeff Redd, a recording artist and A&R runner for Uptown Records. Redd sent it to the CEO of the label, Andre Harrell. Harrell met with Blige and in 1989 she was signed to the label as a backup vocalist for artists such as Father MC, becoming the company's youngest and first female artist. After being signed to Uptown, Blige began working with record producer Sean Combs known as Puff Daddy, he produced a majority of the album.
The title, What's the 411?, derived from Blige's past occupation as a 4-1-1 operator. "What's the 411" established Blige as a dynamic storyteller whose performances of love narrative drew upon both her musical influences and her lived experiences as a hip-hop-generation woman. The music was described as "revelatory on a frequent basis". Blige was noted for having a "tough girl persona and streetwise lyrics". On July 28, 1992, Uptown/MCA Records released What's the 411?, to positive reviews from critics. What's the 411? Peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, it peaked at number 53 on the UK Albums Chart. It was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA. According to Entertainment Weekly's Dave DiMartino, with the record's commercial success and Blige's "powerful, soulful voice and hip-hop attitude", she "solidly connected with an audience that has never seen a woman do new jack swing but loves it just the same". According to Dave McAleer, Blige became the most successful new female R&B artist of 1992 in the United States.
What's the 411? Earned her two Soul Train Music Awards in 1993: Best New R&B Artist and Best R&B Album, Female, it was voted the year's 30th best album in the Pazz & Jop—an annual poll of American critics nationwide, published by The Village Voice. By August 2010, the album had sold 3,318,000 copies in the US. What's the 411? has since been viewed by critics as one of the 1990s' most important records. Blige's combination of vocals over a hip hop beat proved influential in contemporary R&B. With the album, she was dubbed the reigning "Queen of Hip Hop Soul" The album's success spun off What's the 411? Remix, a remix album released in December, used to extend the life of the What's the 411? singles on the radio into 1994, as Blige recorded her follow-up album. With combined sales of more than 5 million albums and singles from her debut album, Blige was the best selling female artist on the Uptown label. Following the success of her debut album and a remixed version in 1993, Blige went into the recording studio in the winter of 1993 to record her second album, My Life.
The album was a breakthrough for Blige, who at this point was in a clinical depression
Jewel Kilcher, known mononymously as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, producer, actress and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2015, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Kilcher was raised in Homer, where she grew up singing and yodeling as a duo with her father, a local musician. At age fifteen, she received a partial scholarship at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she studied operatic voice. After graduating, she began writing and performing at clubs and coffeehouses in San Diego, California. Based on local media attention, she was offered a recording contract with Atlantic Records, who released her debut album, Pieces of You, in 1995; the debut single from the album, "Who Will Save Your Soul", peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her subsequent album, was released in 1998, followed by This Way. In 2003, she released 0304, which marked a departure from her previous folk-oriented records, featuring electronic arrangements and elements of dance-pop.
In 2008, she released her first country album. Jewel released her first independent album, Lullaby, in 2009. Jewel has had endeavors in writing and acting. Jewel was born May 23, 1974 in Payson, the second child of Attila Kuno "Atz" Kilcher and Lenedra Jewel Kilcher. At the time of her birth, her parents had been living in Utah with Shane, she is a first cousin once removed of actress Q'orianka Kilcher. Her father from Alaska, was a Mormon, though the family stopped attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after her parents' divorce when she was eight years old, her paternal grandfather, Yule Kilcher, was a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional convention and a state senator of German descent who settled in Alaska after emigrating from Switzerland. He was the first recorded person to cross the Harding Icefield. Shortly after her birth, the family relocated to Anchorage, settling on the Kilcher family's 770-acre homestead. There, her younger brother, Atz Jr. was born. She has a half-brother, raised in Oregon by his mother, with whom her father had a brief relationship.
After her parents' divorce in 1981, Kilcher lived with her father in Alaska. The house she grew up in 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. Recalling her upbringing, she said: We lived far from town. We had to walk 2 miles just to get to the saddle barn I was raised in... No running water, no heat—we had a coal stove and an outhouse and we lived off of what we could kill or can. We made jam. We had gardens and cattle to live on. I rode horses every day in the summer beneath the Alaskan midnight sun. I loved it there. According to Kilcher, the first song she learned to sing was "Saint Louis Blues". In her youth and her father sometimes earned a living by performing music in roadhouses and taverns as a father-daughter duo, it was during this time. She would credit the time she spent in bars as integral to her formative years: "I saw women who would compromise themselves for compliments, for flattery.
Local businesses in her hometown of Homer donated items for auction to help allocate additional funds, raised a total of $11,000 to pay the remainder of her first year's tuition. She subsequently relocated to Michigan to attend Interlochen, where she received classical training, learned to play guitar, she began writing songs on guitar at age sixteen. While in school, she would perform live in coffeehouses. After graduating, she relocated to San Diego, where she worked in a coffee shop and as a phone operator at a computer warehouse. For a time, Kilcher lived in her car while traveling around the country doing street performances and small gigs in Southern California, she gained recognition by singing at The Inner Change Cafe and Java Joe's in San Diego. Her friend Steve Poltz's band, The Rugburns, played the same venues, she 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 Jewel's band on the Spirit World Tour 1999 playing guitar.
Kilcher was discove