Jewel

Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Best-selling singer-songwriter Jewel's career as a versatile pop, adult contemporary, and country music recording artist led to a second outlet as a television personality and outspoken activist. She was born Jewel ... Read more »
Born: 05/23/1974 in Payson, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

CMA Country Christmas 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Performer

Greatest Hits 2016 (Tv Show)

Performer

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Nashville Star 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pepsi Smash 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Platinum Hit 2010 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sing-Off 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Country Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Hero Dog Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Ring of Fire 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Voice 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Country Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

100 Greatest Artists of All Time 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ace of Cakes 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Holiday Homes 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual CMA Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

7th Heaven 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heckler 2006 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Men in Trees 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

ReAct Now: Music & Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 Radio Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas Duets 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Garth Brooks: Coast to Coast Live 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Making the Video 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Performer

People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

A SHeVERY Merry Christmas 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Greatest TV Moments: Sesame Street Music A-Z 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Merle Haggard 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Christmas in Washington 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Rock Live 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Merle Haggard: For the Record 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid: A Concert Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sessions at West 54th 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

TSO: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Country Music Association Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

Woodstock '99 Revisited 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

Sue Lee Shelley (Actor)

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

Farm Aid 96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Countdown 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1996 Billboard Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Woodstock 99 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (22)

Dawson's Creek 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Song

Sunlight Jr. 2013 (Movie)

("Loved By You (Cowboy Waltz)") (Song)

Sunlight Jr. 2013 (Movie)

("Loved By You (Cowboy Waltz)") (Song Performer)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

("Stay Here Forever") (Song)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

("Stay Here Forever") (Song Performer)

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

("Quest For Love") (Song)

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

("Quest For Love") (Song Performer)

Ice Princess 2005 (Movie)

("Doin' Fine") (Song)

Ice Princess 2005 (Movie)

("Doin' Fine") (Song Performer)

The 2003 Radio Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Enough 2002 (Movie)

("This Way") (Song)

Enough 2002 (Movie)

("This Way") (Song Performer)

Life or Something Like It 2002 (Movie)

("This Way") (Song)

Life or Something Like It 2002 (Movie)

("This Way") (Song Performer)

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

("Sweet Home Alabama") (Music Producer)

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

("Sweet Home Alabama") (Song Performer)

Return to Me 2000 (Movie)

("Angel Standing By") (Song)

Return to Me 2000 (Movie)

("Angel Standing By") (Song Performer)

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

("Aura Lee" "What's Simple Is True") (Song Performer)

The Other Sister 1999 (Movie)

("I'm Sensitive") (Song)

The Other Sister 1999 (Movie)

("I'm Sensitive") (Song Performer)

Biography

Best-selling singer-songwriter Jewel's career as a versatile pop, adult contemporary, and country music recording artist led to a second outlet as a television personality and outspoken activist. She was born Jewel Kilcher on May 23, 1974, and raised in rural Homer, AK, where she showed an early talent for singing and regularly accompanied her folk musician/music teacher father onstage at venues. Her musicianship was further nurtured with opera training at the famed Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, after which Jewel joined her mother in San Diego and quickly built up a local following with regular coffeehouse performances of her original material. When the bohemian young folkie became the object of a record label bidding war, she ultimately signed with Atlantic and released her 1995 debut Pieces of You which spawned mega hits "Who Will Save Your Soul?" and "You Were Meant for Me." The album spent nearly two years on the Billboard charts and sold over 12 million copies, making Jewel one of the most popular of the era's flood of guitar-wielding female singers. Despite the success of her folksy pop debut, the barely 20-year-old artist was anxious to explore wider musical territory and followed up with such diverse titles as the dance-oriented 0304, the Christmas album Joy: A Holiday Collection, and spoken word album of original poetry Night Without Armor. Jewel maintained a steady fan following into the new millennium, leveraging her celebrity to boost children's and homeless-related charities and co-founding Higher Ground for Humanity, a non-profit dedicated to making safe drinking water available in developing countries. The respected artist was also tapped to rate up-and-coming singers as a guest judge on "American Idol" (Fox, 2002-16) and served as host-turned-judge on its country music counterpart, "Nashville Star" (USA, 2003-07; NBC, 2008). Jewel joined in the reality TV adventures herself as a fearless participant in "Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race" (ABC, 2007) and "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge" (CMT, 2007), alongside her rodeo champ husband Murray. In another successful artistic shift, Jewel made her way to number one in the Billboard Country charts with "Perfectly Clear" (2008) and followed up with a high profile presence as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) the following year, alongside fellow competitor Murray. Jewel continued her acting career in a TV movie directed by indie cult favorite Allison Anders, the musical biopic "Ring of Fire" (2013). Jewel played June Carter Cash opposite Matt Ross as Johnny Cash and X bandleader John Doe as A.P. Carter. In July 2014, Jewel and Ty Murray announced their separation. The following year, Jewel released the album Picking Up the Pieces, a return to the folk-pop sound of her debut on the 20th anniversary of its release, and published her second memoir, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story

Relationships

Lenedra Carroll

Mother
Irish

Lenedra Carroll

Mother
divorced when Jewel was eight manages daughter's career born c. 1950

Jay Carroll

Grandfather
built his own airplane and developed a business flying visitors to hunting areas

Arva Carroll

Grandmother
pioneer wife and mother of four children

Christopher Douglas

Companion
reportedly dating as of autumn 1998 no longer together

Michel Francoeur

Companion
French-Canadian together for 18-months, c. 1996-98

Atz Kilcher

Father
Swiss-German

Atz Kilcher

Brother
born c. 1977

Shane Kilcher

Brother
born c. 1971

Yule Kilcher

Grandfather
Swiss-born emmigrated to Alaska, the last territory where the Homestead Act (which granted free land) was still in effect spoke 12 languages documented the homesteading experience on 16mm film served as delegate to convention that wrote state's constitution later served as a representative in the state legislature died on December 8, 1998 at age 85

Ruth Kilcher

Grandmother
one of the first female journalists in Alaska, writing a column about homesteading in an Anchorage daily homeschooled their eight children

Ty Murray Actor

Husband
Married August 7, 2008 after 10 years together

Kase Murray

Son

Sean Penn Actor

Companion
Romantically linked when he directed a music video for her 1996 single "You Were Meant For Me"; Jewel later re-filmed video featuring Steve Poltz No longer together

Steve Poltz

Companion
lead singer with the Rugburns, a well-known San Diego band co-writer (with Jewel) of songs "You Were Meant For Me" and "Adrian" which were featured on "Pieces of You", Jewel's first album

EDUCATION

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen , Michigan 1992
A vocal scholarship paid significant percentage of cost; began playing guitar and writing songs as a senior

Milestones

2015

Published second memoir, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story

2015

Released Picking Up the Pieces, announced as a sequel of sorts to her debut album Pieces of You

2013

Released second holiday album, Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection

2011

Released her second album of children's songs, The Merry Goes Round, following 2009's Lullaby

2010

Earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Satisfied" from her album Sweet And Wild

2009

Joined the eighth season of ABC’s reality competition, "Dancing with the Stars"; pulled out before the first episode due to an injury

2008

Released her debut country album, Perfectly Clear

2006

Released her sixth album, Goodbye Alice In Wonderland

2003

Co-hosted the reality competition series, "Nashville Star" (USA, 2003-2007; NBC, 2008-present)

2001

Released third album, This Way

2000

Penned a memoir, Chasing Down the Dawn: Stories from the Road

1999

Made film debut in Ang Lee’s "Ride with the Devil"

1999

Released the documentary DVD, "Jewel: A Life Uncommon," featuring live performances and candid interviews

1998

Released second album, Spirit

1998

Published a book of poetry, A Night Without Armor

1995

Released her debut album, Pieces of You with the singles "You Were Meant for Me" and "Who Will Save Your Soul"

Known for such albums as "Pieces Of You" and "Spirit"

Popular songs include "Foolish Games" and "You Were Meant For Me".

Bonus Trivia

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In 1998, formed a non-profit organization called Higher Ground For Humanity with her mother Lenedra J. Carroll and her older brother Shane Kilcher. The organization's focus is education, sustainable improvements, and building alliances with like-minded organizations.

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Early in her career as a musician, Jewel toured the coffeehouse circuit across the country, sleeping in her van between gigs. This was often misreported in the media, giving the impression that she was homeless and destitute.

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Jewel's father, Atz Kilcher, and his extended family starred in the Discovery Channel series "Alaska: The Last Frontier."

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In addition to her music and screen careers, Jewel published several books, including a book of poetry and two memoirs, Chasing Down the Dawn: Stories from the Road (2000) and Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story (2015).

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Jewel broke off her personal and professional relationship with her mother and ex-manager, Nedra Carroll, in 2003, after allegations of financial impropriety and mismanagement.

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