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Jewel is an acclaimed American singer, songwriter, actress, poet, painter, philanthropist, and daughter to an Alaskan cowboy singer-songwriter. Hailed by the New York Times as a "songwriter bursting with talents," the four-time Grammy nominee has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, who, not only invited her to open their shows, but also mentored her in the early phases of her career. After a tremendous amount of success as a singer-songwriter and over 27 million albums sold, Jewel returned to her roots with the release of her debut country album Perfectly Clear in June 2008, which garnered her a Number 1 spot on the Billboard country album charts. In 2009, Jewel's successful Lullaby album, a project of soothing lullabies for all ages, sold over 350,000 copies. Earlier this year she released her follow-up album, Sweet and Wild, which she wrote and produced. Her insightful love ballad "Satisfied," recently received a Grammy nomination for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance."
Among her many accolades are four Grammy Award nominations, an American Music Award, and an MTV Video Music Award. In 1999, she was presented with the prestigious Governors Award from the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy (NARAS). The award, now known as the "Recording Academy Honors" award, recognizes those whose creative talents and accomplishments have crossed all musical boundaries and have been recognized as an asset to our music community.
Also near and dear to Jewel's heart is her charitable initiative, Project Cleanwater, which she continues to support, unwaveringly. Jewel founded Project Clean Water in 1997. Having experienced homelessness as a teenager, Jewel became ill and couldn't afford to buy the bottled water she needed for her sick kidneys. She then realized it was difficult to obtain clean water in the United States, and discovered it was a huge problem globally. She has been relentless in her efforts to bring safe water to those in need and create awareness of clean water shortages around the world.
Jewel currently lives on a working ranch in Stephenville, Texas, with her husband, World Champion bull-riding superstar, Ty Murray.