Known simply as Jewel, she has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold over 27 million albums worldwide.
Jewel was born in Payson, Utah. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Homer, Alaska, into a house without indoor plumbing. She and her father sometimes earned a living by singing in bars and taverns. It was from these experiences she learned to yodel, a quality demonstrated in many of her songs.
Jewel learned to play the guitar while at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where she majored in operatic voice. She started writing songs at the age of 16.
For a time, she lived in her van while traveling about the country busking and playing in small venues.
Jewel was discovered by Inga Vainshtein in August 1993, when John Hogan, the lead singer from a local San Diego band, Rust, called to tell her about a girl surfer who sang at a local coffee shop on Thursdays.
Vainshtein drove to Innerchange coffee shop with a rep from Atlantic Records, and after the show they called Danny Goldberg, the head of Atlantic Record's west coast operations. At the time, Jewel did not even have a demo. Goldberg offered to pay for Jewel to record some of her songs.
Vainshtein, a former film studio executive, became Jewel's manager and was instrumental in creating a major bidding war, which led to Jewel's deal with Atlantic Records and her subsequent appearance on the cover of Time Magazine, the first ever by an Atlantic artist.
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