Jewel is best known for her contemporary folk-influenced pop songs. Her debut album, Pieces of You, made her a star in the indie music circles. The album was released in 1995, and it has sold over 11 million copies in the U.S. alone.
Jewel Kilcher was born May 23,
In January 2009, Jewel was ranked #47 in the "100 Hottest Blondes of AIM".
Jewel married longtime boyfriend Ty Murray on August 7th, 2008.
Her inspirations for songwriting include works of Pascal, Neruda, Bukowski and Anais Nin.
Jewel is able to speak some Swedish. She was taught at the age of 18 by her Swedish then-boyfriend.
Jewel's father taught music in elementary schools.
Jewel is 5'6".
Jewel was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty at Every Age section, for age 32, in May 2007.
Jewel was ranked #32 on VH1's 50 Greatest Women of the Video Era.
She was ranked #45 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
On May 31, 2006, Jewel made a special appearance at "Cassie's Challenge" charity event at the coffeehouse in an episode of The Young and the Restless. She performed the songs Again And Again and Good Day from her 2006 album Goodbye Alice in Wonderland.
Jewel sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXII in 1998.
On her 0304 album, all her song titles and lyrics have the following abbreviations:
To -> 2
You -> U
For example: Run To You becomes Run 2 U
She used to date Steve Poltz of the band The Rugburns. He appeared in her video You Were Meant for Me. She sang backup on his album One Left Shoe.
She has two brothers, Shane (born in 1971) and Atzle (1977).
She has published an autobiography in 2000, titled "Chasing Down the Dawn".
She starred in the 1999 movie "Ride with the Devil" opposite Tobey Maguire.
Her albums have sold worldwide over 25 million copies.
Her poetry book, "A Night Without Armor" (1998), was a national bestseller in hardcover. It spent over 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
She grew up in an 800-acre farm in Homer, Alaska.
Her cousin is actress/singer Q'Orianka Kilcher, who is half-Swiss, half-Quechua Indian.
Her father, Atz, is of German origin. Her mother, Lenedra Carroll, is American.
She has a star named after her. Star number Ursa Minor 15h38m42s 75°58'37' has been redesignated as Jewel Kilcher (Jewel of the North).
Her boyfriend/life partner is rodeo cowboy Ty Murrey. She once broke a collarbone and a rib when she was thrown off a horse on Ty's ranch.
Her grandfather helped draft the Alaska state constitution.
She knows how to yodel. Yodeling is a form of folk singing, developed in the Swiss Alps as a method of communicating across great distances in the mountains.
She was raised as a Mormon until the age of 8.
She reportedly dated actor Sean Penn, who directed the video for "You Were Meant For Me". Jewel herself insists that they are "just friends".
When she was 12, she convinced her parents to let her live with her aunt in Hawaii.
She learned to play guitar at the age of 16.
Major Album Releases:
- Pieces Of You (1995)
- Spirit (1998)
- Joy: A Holiday Collection (1999)
- This Way (2001)
- 0304 (2003)
- Goodbye Alice in Wonderland (2006)
Jewel: There are two reasons you can have this job. One is because you wanna be famous and the other is because you like the craft. Just know which one motivates you because you have to make fifty decisions every day that supports one or the other, whether you know it or not.
Jewel: (about being a judge in a talent show) I love to see people try and taking risks. I'm not that interested in somebody being dramatically perfect. I don't think I'd be the kind of judge they were looking for on these shows. To me some of the imperfections are virtues. I'm not interested in someone who looks and sounds so perfect.
Jewel: Children are told so many fairy tales, and then life really works out differently and I think it causes a lot of us to become cynical or bitter because life never quite adds up to this continuously satisfied, happy world. We're constantly trying to escape our circumstance to get to this utopia that I don't think really exists.
Jewel: I've never been one for really fancy things. The things that thrill me are that I can afford medication, go to the movies whenever I want, get on a plane whenever I want.
Jewel: (about the message of her album Goodbye Alice in Wonderland) It's art -- it sure isn't religion, and in no shape or form meant to be didactic on any level. My only rule with myself is to tell the truth about my life and where I am.
Jewel: Cynicism can cripple you. It makes it unable to feel like you can ever have an impact on anything. So there's this middle ground of how you stay informed, stay aware of everything that's happening in the world and retain any sense of usefulness.
Jewel: Once you are successful, there's a very seductive rhythm at work that keeps you wanting to outdo yourself.
Jewel: There are many paths you can take throughout the course of a career. It's really important to know where you'd like to end up, so that as you make decisions, you navigate a path that will lead you to your ultimate destination.
Jewel: (about her teenage style) We were just really poor, so I dressed like a punk rocker. My family shopped at the Salvation Army before that was the cool thing to do. Most of my friends wore pastel-colored jeans. I had pants with some boy's name written in marker down the side. But having no money taught me to be creative and to take pride in what I could do to be funkier.
Jewel: (about her childhood winters and Christmases) Winter was full of sleigh rides and toboggans and lots of snow. It's pretty idyllic if you like the cold, which I didn't.
Jewel: (about growing up in Alaska) I loved being raised there. There was a lot of silence and open space. In some ways we're sculptured by our environments. Our flesh is sculptured by what is around us, as well as our psyches; by silence. In silence you hear who you are going to become. You create yourself in silence.
Jewel: People think I'm some kind of hippie. I don't even recycle.
Jewel: I began writing songs when I was 16 and I heard all kinds of stuff in my head.