The majority of all songs on the radio are co-written, and so we have our contestants learning to co-write on our show. This helps you, the viewer, see the actual writing process (instead of seeing a person alone in a room thinking!), and it lets our contestants learn the give and take and the delicate balance of being stubborn and tenacious enough to get your idea heard, while being open and yielding to an idea that's better than your own. How you behave in a co-write and how original the thoughts you bring, will determine if your co-writer will want to write with you again and if that writer will tell other writers you are worth their time. We have all been in sessions that were particularly slow or lackluster, and halfway through we make vows never to write with that person again. No one wants to waste time or have their own time wasted.
My goal in being involved was to give each contestant a better shot at being hit songwriters, whether they won the show or not. This is a hard business to break into, and there is NO SCHOOL that teaches it. As an artist and songwriter, I benefited so much from other artists taking me under their wing and schooling me. From Bob Dylan to Neil Young, they took me aside and gave me straightforward advice and information I badly needed as an aspiring singer-songwriter. And it became words to live by.
Granted, we are not looking for "singer-songwriters" on this show. We are not looking for the next great singer or even an artist. We are looking for craftsmen who can write the hit songs that great singers and artists need. Elvis did not write his own songs -- a stable of the best in the country did that for him. Where would Whitney Houston be without the song "I Will Always Love You," written by the great Dolly Parton, not to mention the other songs that were written to show off her amazing voice? Or Celine Dion without "My Heart Will Go On," written by James Horner and Will Jennings?
I definitely like you and admire you very much - but I wasn't too impressed or excited about your co-host. When I saw her on the Bravo aftershow, she seemed very snobby and disinterested in everything except for her show. It's too bad because I am excited for your show, but Kara kind of annoys me. Sure she's great and very successful, but I just don't like it when celebs think they're above it all and better than everyone else. Boo
I wonder if you will be reading these blog comments? What a sweet voice you have! Once upon a time your songs gave me hope and focus to work my way through some very difficult circumstances. It is a little bit interesting to see you in this context- hopefully you will be a breath of fresh air.
Best regards... gg
I am excited to see how this show goes. Beautifully crafted lyrics are what inspire us to be better than we are alone. One example is Neil Diamond's "Be" phrase "Be,As a page that aches for a word Which speaks on a theme that is timeless." which to me is simply brilliant. Or Leonard Cohen's Anthem "Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering,There is a crack in everything,That's how the light gets in." Jewel, you of all people would be a great host / mentor for those who want to succeed in the field.
Hi Jewel! Watched your show late last night after my little monkeys went to bed and I absolutely loved it. Finally a great Host and honest, dead on judges (you and Kara)... It was entertaining and different! I had the pleasure of meeting you last year, and you are true to yourself in everything you do! Finally a good show all around! Bravo!
I loved the show !! I like the fact that it shows the process of song writing. It is interesting and exciting. This show will be very instrumental in helping our songwriters of today. Pun intended. Jewel, you did a great job, as did Kara. Keep up the good work. Platinum Hit is a new, real, and refreshing show. Best new show in a very long time. I will be tuning in every week.
Hi Jewel, I apologize for bringing things down to a completely superficial level, but I have to know who make your strapless, fitted print dresses? That shape is so flattering on you and I have a wedding to attend and something like that would be perfect. Thanks!
Jewel, I haven't seen you lately. You must be so close to your due date. Wishing you a wonderful delivery, and a blessed time with your new son. As a mother of 7, I have one word of recommendation--EPIDURAL! Seriously, you and Ty and your little one are in my thoughts and prayers every day! Sincerely, Madeline Butler, Lancaster, PA.
I wanna say that since you where in Sweden for over ten years ago on Luuk show I have been sitting and waiting for a second time, but no Jewel on Swedish tv. Can´t you take a day and come over with family and just visit, we love you over here since Luuk days.
Regards from all of us.
I wish I could be on the show. I write songs all the time. And poetry sometimes. I used to write it all the time. And have a book of your pretty poetry. And you keep getting more beautiful with age, and are such a lovely, pure, and caring person. And it shows. And I'm sure I could exceed your expectations with lyrics.
Round clock. Step down the block. Don't let your body stop. Round clock. Step back. Rock-rock. Don't let your body stop. Round clock. Sing boxing.