Jewel

Jewel shares some songwriting insight and lets us know why she wanted to be a part of 'Platinum Hit.'

on May 30, 2011

Hello!

Welcome to my first blog for our new Bravo show, Platinum Hit!

Gosh, there's so much to talk about, I don't even know where to start! So let me give you some context first -- background on what being a hit songwriter even is, the show itself, and what my fellow judges and I are looking for from the contestants.

We shot our episodes in order obviously, so Episode 1 is my first time hosting a TV show of this nature. The result you will see is me learning a new skill, as well the contestants, who as they grapple with delivering fresh creativity in a high-pressure environment -- something every professional songwriter must do every day in the music business.

The reason I got involved with the show is because, as a songwriter myself, I am very passionate about songwriting, but it's a world many people don't know exists -- especially the world of the behind the scenes hit-makers. Bravo has a great track record of taking somewhat obscure topics, like dressmaking or cooking, and helping to educate the viewer about what the process is and what it takes to be great at it. I am excited to give people a glimpse into the world of these hit-makers -- writers whose job it has been to make hits for others since the Tin Pan Alley era and beyond, when writers like Gershwin and Cole Porter were tasked with writing hits that are still standards to this day.