Who is Jewel Kilcher?
Born under the sign of Gemini on the 23rd of May 1974 in Payson, Utah USA, Jewel Kilcher is a 44-year-old Caucasian singer-songwriter, musician, actress, producer, poet and author of German and Alaskan descent. She is perhaps best known for her longer-term career as a singer, and thanks to some of her most famous songs such as “Foolish Games”, “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “You Were Meant For Me.” She has also had a number of other successes over the course of her sometimes lucrative career since 1994.
Early Life: Growing Up in Alaska
Jewel’s family moved to Anchorage in Alaska when she was still very young. She was raised with an older brother Shane, and two younger ones named Atz Jr. and Nikos – the latter her half-brother – by her reality TV personality father named Atz Kilcher, who is known for being in the “Alaska: The Last Frontier” series, and her singer mother named Lenedra Jewel Kilcher (nee Carroll). Her parents divorced in 1981, with her father granted custody, and she moved in with him in Homer, Alaska. As for her education, it is unknown which high school Jewel attended in Homer, but at age 15 while working at a dance studio in Anchorage, she was referred to Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan by the studio instructor. She gained a partial scholarship after her application, but she needed another $11,000 for the first year. Homer’s local businesses put together items to auction off for the amount, and she eventually moved to Michigan, receiving training in classical music and guitar lessons at the academy.
Dad and I getting ready for his #OpryDebut tonight at Ryman Auditorium http://instagram.com/p/jkyhH8rOqt/
After she moved in with her father, Homer being one of the recent Alaskan settlements, Jewel spent her early years unlike most other children. When asked about the time she spent growing up alongside her father, she stated: ‘We lived far from town. We had to walk 2 miles (3.2 km) just to get to the saddle barn I was raised in… No running water, no heat—we had a coal stove and an outhouse and we mainly lived off of what we could kill or catch. We picked berries and made jam. We caught fish to freeze and had gardens and cattle to live on. I rode horses every day in the summer beneath the Alaskan midnight sun. I loved it there.’
Career: From Coffee Shops to the Grand Stage
Jewel was first taught how to yodel by her father, with whom she sang on occasion in order to make an extra buck. After receiving guitar training, at 16 she started writing songs for the guitar. After her graduation, she moved to San Diego, California, where she worked as a ‘phone operator at a computer warehouse and in a coffeehouse. She started moving around the country and doing local shows anywhere she could, ranging from hotels to coffee shops. During her early career, she eventually met Steve Poltz, who she would later recruit as her guitarist. In 1993, she was spotted by John Hogan from “Rust”, who let his manager Inga Vainshtein from Paramount know that Jewel is a talented performer who deserves a chance. Vainshtein went to see her sing along with a representative from Atlantic Records. Subsequently, Jewel was signed by the said music production company and she released her first album entitled “Pieces of You” in 1995, which at its peak reached #4 on the Billboard 200. In 1998, she released her second album entitled “Spirit”, while “Joy: A Holiday Collection” came out in 1999. In the same year, aforementioned Steve Poltz followed her on the Spirit World Tour. After that, she released a total of nine more albums, with the maximum space of three years in between each one.
Jewel is also well-versed in poetry, having published a poetry book entitled “A Night Without Armor”, released on the 18th of May 1998. She published her second book, entitled “Chasing Down the Dawn” in 2000, which is an autobiographical collection of diary entries and musings that address her early life in Alaska. Her third book is a memoir entitled “Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half The Story”, and it came out on the 15th of September 2015.
— Jewel (@jeweljk) February 16, 2018
Love Life: Divorced from Ty Murray
As for Jewel’s romantic involvements, it is known that she dated Sean Penn in 1995, who saw her performing on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” He later invited her to compose a song for his film entitled “The Crossing Guard”, and he followed her on her tour.
Later on, on the 7th of August 2008, after ten years of dating, Jewel married the pro rodeo cowboy Ty Murray in the Bahamas. Six years into the marriage, Jewel gave birth to her only child, named Kase Townes Murray, s on the 11th of June 2011. Three years later, on the 2nd of July 2014, Jewel made an announcement on her own website that she and Murray were in the process of divorcing. It is unknown who she has dated after that, or who got custody of the child. She is now resident in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jewel on Feminism:
Jewel is a well-known feminist, who once stated: ‘I don’t think I started off young as a feminist. I read a lot of books in Alaska, I was pretty isolated where I grew up, and I think that I never thought I was any different than a man; I was raised in a place where pioneer women were very strong still. They’d shoe horses and build their own homes and were very self-sufficient. It wasn’t really until I’ve gotten older that I really became a fan of women. And a fan of what women are capable of balancing and achieving, by just being them.’
If you missed our announcement yesterday – I am thrilled to share the cover of my forthcoming book #NeverBroken with you here! Book available 9/15
What is Jewel Kilcher’s Net Worth?
Have you ever wondered how rich Jewel Kilcher is, as of mid-2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the current total of Jewel’s accumulated wealth is close to $30 million. She has made her fortune primarily as a singer, thanks largely to her twelve music albums and her consistent concert touring. As her career continues to develop, the said amount can be expected to increase.
— Jewel (@jeweljk) August 16, 2017
Concerning the physical attributes of the experienced singer, her vital statistics are 34-26-35, her height is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) and her current weight is 119lbs (54kg). Her body shape is generally described as curvy, while her hair color is light blond and her eyes are light brown.
Social Media Presence
Due to the major influence of social networks, it is nowadays a regular thing for active celebrities to nourish a close and active relationship with their fans, for the sake of increasing the popularity of the projects they’re working on, and thus their own net worth. Jewel herself seems to be a regular subscriber, if not the leading example of this celebrity trend, as her presence is ubiquitous on most of the popular social media networks. Her Facebook page has almost 700,000 followers, her Twitter account over 400,000, and her Instagram account has more than 140,000 fans.