From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, the three-time Grammy nominee, hailed by the New York Times as a “songwriter bursting with talents,” has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Whether alone with her guitar or fronting a band of ace musicians, Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who not only invited her to open their shows, but mentored her in the early phases of her career.
Her singular style and beauty continuously land her on the covers of such diverse magazines as Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, In Style, Glamour and Seventeen. Stuff listed her among its “102 Sexiest Women in the World” while Blender went further, crowning her “Rock’s Sexiest Poet.”
In February of 2013, Jewel released her first ever career-spanning collection that includes new recordings of two classic hits with guest vocalists: “Foolish Games” with Kelly Clarkson and “You Were Meant For Me” with the Pistol Annies. The Greatest Hits album also includes one brand new single titled “Two Hearts Breaking.” It’s a tender ballad about a once-great love, powered by thumping drums and rough-edged guitars.
Later in 2013, Jewel will star as June Carter Cash in the much anticipated Lifetime film, Ring of Fire.
2011 brought new joy to the singer/songwriter as she and her husband Ty Murray welcomed baby Kase Townes to the world. Soon after, the singer released The Merry Goes ’Round, her second children’s album with Fisher-Price and Somerset Entertainment. The album, written while pregnant and inspired by Kase, appeals to kids and parents alike and includes over 15 songs and 4 classics such as “The Green Grass Grows All Around” and “My Favorite Things,” plus new whimsical Jewel story-telling originals. The album was named iTunes’ Children’s Album of the Year in 2011. The album was followed up in 2012 with a picture book and CD based on a song from The Merry Goes ‘Round. The book, titled That’s What I’d Do, is perfect for bedtime sharing again-and-again.
After a tremendous amount of success as a singer-songwriter and over 27 million albums sold, Jewel returned to her roots with the release of her debut country album Perfectly Clear in June 2008, which garnered her the #1 spot on the Billboard country album charts. Perfectly Clear was the debut release on the Nashville-based independent label The Valory Music Co.
Shortly after Perfectly Clear, Jewel debuted her first-ever independent release, Lullaby, in a partnership with Fisher-Price and Somerset Entertainment. Lullaby was produced by Jewel and recorded at her home studio in Stephenville, TX. To date, it has sold over 350,000 copies. The 15-track album features 10 self-penned songs and a few standards, including beautiful renditions of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” The acoustic record is reminiscent of Jewel’s 12-time platinum album Pieces of You.
Jewel has spent a lot of time in Nashville over the last few years, and has naturally been drawn to and accepted by the Nashville music community. She has hosted the country reality show Nashville Star, and she has made a number of appearances at Muzik Mafia events. She co-wrote and sings with new artist Jason Michael Carroll on “No Good In Goodbye,” which appeared on his debut album, Waitin’ In The Country (Arista Nashville). She was also invited to sing with Merle Haggard, a long time hero of hers, on his album of #1’s.
In 2010, Jewel maintained her country roots as she returned to the format with her sophomore follow-up album, Sweet and Wild. The album was written and produced by Jewel. Her insightful love ballad, “Satisfied,” received a Grammy nomination for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance.”
“The theme of this album is finding what’s true about you and your life, and defending it and valuing it above all else,” said Jewel. “My newest country album will share so many of my personal feelings of love and happiness that I have written into the songs,” said Jewel, who married her longtime boyfriend Ty Murray in the summer of 2008 and welcomed their first child in 2011.
In the summer of 2011, Jewel was seen as host and judge on the Bravo series, Platinum Hit. The show followed 12 up-and-coming musicians as they battled through a series of innovative songwriting challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive, and also featured fellow songwriter Kara DioGuardi.
Also near and dear to Jewel’s heart is her charitable initiative, Project Clean Water, which she continues to support unwaveringly. Jewel founded Project Clean Water in 1997. Having experienced homelessness as a teenager, Jewel became ill and couldn’t afford to buy the bottled water she needed for her sick kidneys. She then realized it was difficult to obtain clean water in the United States, and discovered it was a huge problem globally. She has been relentless in her efforts to bring safe water to those in need and create awareness of clean water shortages around the world.
Project Clean Water has recently partnered with Virgin Unite and the Voss Foundation to create the “Give A Drop” campaign. Donations of $5.00 can be made by texting the message “DROP” to phone number 85944. Money raised through text donations will benefit the partnership, which is currently working in Pel in the Dogon region of Mali, where 40 water retention structures were recently completed. This spring, work will also begin to help rural villages in southeast Ethiopia expand their access to clean water.
Jewel currently lives on a working ranch in Stephenville, Texas with her husband, World Champion bull-riding superstar Ty Murray, and their baby Kase Townes Murray.
Jewel is returning to Seattle by way of the Moore Theatre on May 30, 2013. Tickets go on sale March 18 at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com, Tickets.com, ticketing kiosks, at the Moore and the Paramount, or by phone (877) 784-4849.