It’s been 18 years since Jewel broke out with her debut album Pieces of You. Since then, she has sold over 27 million albums worldwide, won four Grammys, and come out with 11 more albums, including her Greatest Hits collection, which dropped on Tuesday. But while her career and personal life have moved forward, there is still a part of her that remembers the time when she was a young girl living in a van and playing coffee shop gigs. Today, one song in particular reminds Jewel of her rough beginnings and how far she has come since that day.
That song is “Who Will Save Your Soul,” Jewel tells Hollywood.com backstage just hours before she is about to do a special concert at iHeartRadio in New York City. “It was the first one I ever wrote, and the one that really started it all for me.” After all these years, the song still has the same meaning for Jewel that it did when she wrote it as a free-spirited 20-year-old. “With time, [the message] is just more true: Your destiny is in your hands,” she says. “If you are looking to other people to save you, you are probably going to be waiting.”
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But whereas the meaning of her song has remained consistent, Jewel has witnessed the music industry itself change over the years. “There are cycles in the music business just like anything,” she says. “The business has had a tendency lately to maybe not cultivate careers as much as it has fashions, fads, or trends.” While this may not be bad for the record labels, it can hurt the artists. “Record labels will still make the money,” Jewel says. “They’ll reap the reward, but the artists will be left without careers."
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Sometimes, though, artists learn how to beat this rule. Taylor Swift is a good example of someone who knows the industry well. “She really gets the business,” Jewel says. “She gets how the game is played.”
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But unlike Swift, Jewel never understood fame when she first started out. “I was just completely caught off-guard [by] fame,” she says. “I didn’t really have the personality for it.”
It’s Jewel’s free-spirit and raw talent that helped her build a career, much in the same way that Adele has in the past few years. “She really strikes you as an artist,” Jewel says. “There’s a real authenticity to Adele that I get.”
Authenticity helped both stars make it to the top. But at the base of Jewel’s talent, is the poetic side of her that allows her to create her music. “Poetry is just my soul,” she says.
For Jewel, the writing process comes as second nature to her. “I always have a stream of consciousness kind of rambling, like a little schizophrenic person, in my head that’s always thinking,” she says. “And something will strike me poetically. And if it’s a potent enough feeling, it’ll come out. It’s like an electrical current.”
The lyrics that end up on the page are what make Jewel who she is, and make her fans keep coming back for more. And her lyrics not only intrigue the minds of normal people, but also other musical superstars, including Bob Dylan. “I remember when I wrote ‘Who Will Save Your Soul,’ and I was touring with Bob Dylan,” she says. “And he was having me recite my lyrics to him, and he was like, ‘What does that mean?’ I was like, ‘I can’t believe Bob Dylan is grilling me and my lyrics!”
“I find it interesting that people are curious about it," Jewel continues. "Because it’s such a part of you that it's hard to sit down and go, ‘Well, what is it like?’ It's almost like you take it for granted in a way. And it's like [Frank] Zappa said, 'Writing [and talking] about music is like dancing about architecture.' There's really no way to do it.”
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Jewel's career longevity proves that music runs in her veins. But when it came to making her greatest hits album, she wanted to add some extra vocal oomph to one of her more famous singles. That's where Kelly Clarkson came in. "I really wanted a great vocalist on this 'Foolish Games' recut," she explains. "She was my first pick, and she agreed to do it." Getting in the studio with Clarkson really blew Jewel away. "She's a freak of nature," she says. "I was singing as high as I could to hold up the one long note and then she went in there and sang a third above it in high harmony and it was in her chest voice. [She] just sailed through it. It’s not right.”
Jewel also got to work with country singer Miranda Lambert's group, Pistol Annies, on the re-cut of "You Were Meant for Me." Going into the studio, Jewel thought the re-cut would harness some of Lambert's country notes. But after all was said and done, the song "came out completely different" than planned. "We made it into like an alt-rock song," Jewel says. "That's what's fun about music: I have no control over it. You go in there and it’s like a genie in a bottle. You rub it and you see what appears.”
It's the allure of what lies around the next corner that seems to keep Jewel coming out with record after record. And while most artists would likely view a Greatest Hits album as a stopping point in their career, Jewel shows no signs of slowing down. “I thought it was a good middle point for me," she says. "I’ve always hoped to have a long career and that hopefully I’m still writing well and have a relationship with my fans to allows me to do that."
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Jewel hopes to keep recording for decades to come, as long as the music continues to run through her soul. "My main goal is just to have another 20 or 30 or 40 years doing this," she says. "It's sort of like being a bloodhound, and if you get a scent and if it’s a strong scent, you want to follow it. And if it’s not that interesting of a scent, you tend not to follow it."
"I'm hoping that scent I have, when I sing it to you, you get the exact same strong emotion," Jewel says. "Whatever it is — that’s how I know I've done my job."
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S2E6: The battle rounds picked right up where they had left off on The Voice; we find fierce competition and tough calls for coaches Adam, Christina, Cee Lo and Blake. It was a night of conflicting personalities and styles as a shy siren competed against a wild Jersey girl, and a gritty rocker went head to head with a folky, mellow performer. We also saw the two 50 year-olds get their first taste of single elimination. It was a solid show from start to finish, one that closed with some tears of joy for Jamar, an HIV positive contestant on a road to redemption. The teams for the live rounds are starting to fill up rapidly, so let’s get it on!
Emotion Vs. Power
“I tell you how I’m gonna choose it, whichever one of these two singers turns me on the most.” – Blake
Hold your horses, Blake; this was Christina’s choice for her team when Sera Hill faced off against 51-year-old Geoff McBride. Sera brought her flare for the dramatic and Geoff brought his strong vocal prowess. Lionel Richie had almost no critiques and literally had to jump up from his seat after hearing Geoff, while Jewel predicted that volume only goes so far. She told Sera to feel it. Even with the better voice, Geoff was out of his element with Aretha’s “Chain of Fools” and Christina took notice. Sera may have won the battle but rest assured the world will hear Geoff again.
Sera Wins! Meek Vs. Mouthy “I want to beat Lex so badly, I want to destroy her.” – Charlotte Tell us how you really feel. Up next, Charlotte Sometimes, the always outspoken Jersey girl, took on Lex Land, the shy introvert with a sultry, smoky sound. The two handled a new song, “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People. Who knew Blake - of all people - loved this song? While Lex was blushing, Charlotte was commenting on her boobs. Talk about opposite personalities. Kelly Clarkson saw Charlotte’s blind audition and said she is a fan of her fluttery tones, while Blake was concerned the young girl who battled a disintegrating jaw disease would try and entertain too much. In the end, we saw the first real “battle” as the two girls had aggression written all over their faces toward the end of the song, and Carson had to jump in to break up the melodic malay. Blake chose the gregarious Charlotte to move on. Charlotte Wins! Yodel Vs. Gravel “Sarah, you’re great but I’m not sure whether this song did your voice justice.” – Christina Yin and Yang was epitomized in our next battle. Folkie Sarah Golden couldn’t have been matched up against a more different opponent in raspy rocker Juliet Simms. It might have been a bit unfair that Cee Lo chose Rod Stewart’s “Stay With Me” as their battle song, a tune tailor-made for Simms. Ne-Yo had some choice words for Juliet, telling her to save her raspy scream for later in the song to keep it special. Sarah on the other hand, was overshadowed from the start of the song and Cee Lo kept the rocker Juliet, who rinses her mouth out with Listerine and gravel. Juliet Wins! Youth Vs. Experience “Kim and I, we’re both quote on quote powerhouse singers although she definitely her house is bigger than my house” – Whitney “Whitney, you’re like my little sis, but it’s on and crackin’.” – Kim Earlier in the night, we saw one 50-year-old sent home, could all the elderly be gone from The Voice? Not so fast, as Kim Yarbrough was tasked with singing “No More Drama” against Whitney Myer. Alanis Morissette, a legendary powerhouse in her own right, warned Whitney against trying to overpower Kim but just hold her words longer. Robin Thicke wanted Kim to relate to and feel the pain in Mary J. Blige’s words. This was a great battle from the start, and went back and forth the entire time. It left Blake flabbergasted, all he could say was “that was awesome!” Blake picked Carson, but the vote that counted, Adam’s, went to Kim, who is not letting age stand n the way of her dreams. Kim Wins! Bizarre Vs. The Baker “I’m not quite ready to go back to the bakery.” – Lee It was an alternative battle that would have Kurt Cobain smiling as Lindsey Pavao faced Lee Koch by singing “Heart Shaped Box.” Lee was immediately at a disadvantage not knowing the words while Lindsey relished in the Nirvana song, one of her favorites. Even so, Lee actually came out smooth and this creepy, eerie battle was one for the books as it almost felt like a Cobain tribute with soft, saturnine sounds. It was over though when Christina gave Adam a knowing look during Lindsey’s verse that almost evinced a “She’s going all the way” feeling from Aguilera. Cee Lo compared Lee to Jesus but the big shock was Blake had never heard this song! Come on man! Christina was pleasantly surprised by Lee but still went with Lindsey. No fret, Lee said he is taking the family on tour and not going back to baking.
Lindsey Wins! Friend Vs. Frenemy “You Jamar, you owned it, you owned that whole stage.” – Adam The best story of the show Jamar Rogers, the former drug addict living with HIV, came next against his close friend Jamie Lono and this was probably the most lopsided battle of the night. Jamar had it from the start. The two sang “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner and Jamie almost lost it during rehearsal, his voice cracking twice. The song was all about emotion and Ne-Yo told Jamar to simply harness that raw energy and use it in a constructive way on battle night. It was tough for both competitors, good friends, who both sang their hearts out and bear hugged at the song’s conclusion. Cee picked Jamar but the emotion after could be felt for miles. Jamie, a true friend, said maybe his purpose on the show was to propel Jamar forward. Maybe indeed!
Jamar Wins! Yet another classic show from The Voice, the show quickly shaping up to be the best and take over for all other singing competitions. American Idol really has a formidable opponent in this show and better look because The Voice is nipping, if not gnawing, on its heels. Next week, we move one step closer to the live rounds and unfortunately will have to say goodbye to a few more contestants. Is it Monday yet? Who would have ever expected that question of excitement? Let us know what you thought. Did you think the right people won? Did you tear up after the last performance? Who do you think will win it all? Hit us up in the comments section below, or on Twitter @TheRealRothman.