Singer Jewel Kilcher (more popularly known as just “Jewel”) was born on March 22, 1972 in Payson, Utah to Atz Kilcher and Lenedra Carroll. She grew up in Homer, Alaska where she earned a living by singing in bars and taverns with her father. She learned to play the guitar while she was on a scholarship at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where she majored in voice. By the time she was seventeen, Jewel was writing her own songs. At one point in her life, she was poverty-stricken and lived in her van while traveling about the country basking and doing small gigs. She gained little recognition when she sang at the Innerchange Coffeehouse and Java Joe's in San Diego, California. In 1993, a member of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers discovered Jewel after her performance at a local cafe. He met her at her van and asked her to sing a few songs for him. She was later discovered by Atlantic Records. In 1995, her debut album Pieces of You, was released. Jewel released her other albums in November 1998 (Spirit), November 2001 (This Way), 2003 (0304), and 2006 (Goodbye Alice in Wonderland). Her other later projects included her participation in Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race.
Jewel appears in Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, the new reality series from ABC. She joins eleven other celebrities, her boyfriend Ty Murray among them, in the stock car racing competition with six Gillette Young Guns. Jewel became known as one of the 13 stars in the eighth season of the ABC dancing competition Dancing with the Stars. She was unfortunately forced to withdraw five days before the season premiere, due to stress fractures in her legs. She has since appeared on Nashville Star, America’s Got Talent and has taken on the job as judge and host of Bravo’s reality competition Platinum Hit.
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- She married Ty Murray on August 7, 2008.
- She was educated at the Interlochen Arts Academy, an exclusive boarding school.
2011: The Incurables (TV series documentary) - Herself - Host
2011: Platinum Hit (TV series) - Herself - Host
2009: Dancing with the Stars (TV series) - Herself
2007-2008: Nashville Star (TV series) - Judge/Mentor/Host
2007: Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race (TV series) - Herself
2006: 7th Heaven (TV series) - Herself
2006: Men in Trees (TV series) - Jewel
2005: Fearless (TV series documentary) - Herself
2005: Las Vegas (TV series) - Herself
2006: The Young and the Restless (TV series) - Jewel
2003: The Lyon's Den (TV series) - Jennifer Matthews
2001: MADtv (TV series) - Herself
1999: Ride with the Devil - Sue Lee Shelley