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Jewel Biography

Birth Name:
Jewel Kilcher
Birth Place:
Payson, Utah, United States
Singer, songwriter, TV host

Fast Facts

  • Was raised in Alaska
  • Lived in a van in San Diego while she played coffeehouses and wrote songs; was signed by Atlantic Records at the age of 18
  • Her debut album, Pieces of You, was certified 11 times platinum
  • Won an American Music Award for Best New Artist in 1995
  • Published a book of poetry, A Night Without Armor, in 1998, and the personal journal Chasing Down the Dawn in 2000
  • After making her breakthrough with folk-pop music, changed direction to release a country album, Perfectly Clear, in 2008 and a children's album, Lullaby, in 2009
  • Was slated to appear as a contestant on Season 8 of Dancing With the Stars but had to drop out after suffering stress fractures in both legs
  • Is a supporter and founding member of the humanitarian non-profit Higher Ground for Humanity