Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, mother and wellness advocate who is passionate about health, equality, the relentless pursuit of wisdom and sharing it with others. Thru her career, she has earned four Grammy Award nominations and sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Heralded by the New York Times as “one of the best singer songwriters since Joni Mitchell,” Jewel credits her great mentors Bob Dylan, and Neil Young who took the time to groom and encourage her as a young artist. She was recently chosen to finish Johnny Cash's half written songs for a forthcoming posthumous CD created by Cash’s son, John Carter Cash.
Jewel's unique story began on an Alaskan homestead- with no electricity- where her family survived off the land. Her New York Times best-selling memoir Never Broken chronicles how she used hard work, grit and grace to survive and thrive under extreme circumstances. Her families’ story is now documented in the successful Discovery Channel TV show, "Alaska, The Last Frontier."
Jewel started singing in bars at eight years old. She left home at fourteen and provided for herself until the age of seventeen when she received a partial scholarship to Interlochen Fine Arts Academy. She got the support of her hometown, whom all chipped in to pay the rest of her tuition and travel to Michigan for school.
During her first year at Interlochen, she began writing songs and documented her inner journey with lyrics that were considered artful and profound. One of Jewel's earlier hits, "Hands," spoke of her personal discovery of "mindfulness"… a good 20 years before the term would become popular in social vernacular. Her lyrics calmed a generation of listeners with the phrase, "If I could tell the world just one thing, it would be that we're all ok.”
At age nineteen, Jewel found herself in a bidding war between record companies wanting to sign her. Rather than take the largest advance, she bet on herself, making an aggressive back-end deal, which generated millions of additional dollars.
Jewel ventured into the acting world with her first role coming in Ang Lee's civil war drama Ride With The Devil. She then starred in the lead role of June Carter Cash in the Lifetime original movie Ring of Fire. In early 2017, Jewel assumed the lead role of Shannon Hughes in “The Fixer Upper Series” movies (based on the best-selling series of books of the same name) for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.
Jewel recently founded a new online platform JewelNeverBroken.com where she shares the mindfulness tools she developed to convert her pain into resilience. For this foray, she teamed up with Dr. Judson Brewer of Yale University and University of Massachusetts and other leading medical doctors to offer this information to the public in a free interactive website. She is also building a “WHOLE HUMAN” curriculum for public schools, corporations and consumers. The content emphasizes mindfulness and emotional intelligence to give every- day-people a "psychology for life," so they can do what she has done - be the architects of their own life, rather than a passenger in a life they’ve inherited.
Jewel's lifelong passion for her own personal growth and health is helping her to become the spokesperson of modern day wellness and mindfulness by sharing those same practices she used from the age of fourteen. Jewel's "WHOLE HUMAN" philosophy is designed to help people gain tone and strength in all areas of their lives including emotional intelligence, physical and fiscal health, interpersonal relationships and nutrition and, most importantly, as friends, associates and contributors to society.
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