New sounds and great songs can expand an artist's career, help procure that elusive treasure LONGEVITY for an artist, and broaden a fan base, like "Halo" written by Platinum Hit executive producer Evan Boggart, and Ryan Tedder, and "If I Were A Boy," written by BC Jean and Toby Gad for Beyoncé.
I love my job. I love the written word, and I love songwriting and songwriters. They are a raw, emotional, talented mix of brave souls whose job it is to put lightning in a glass. They must be honest about their own lives and put confessions on tape and on page. And it has been my honor to work with this cast.
That brings us to the second, trickier half of my job on the show -- judging. This was by far the hardest part. I certainly don't relish offering critique to new talent, as no one wants to harm the dreams of someone who is working so hard. My approach was to be honest. Period. Not clever. Not mean, but also never to pander or pull a punch.
I also tried to be specific. There's nothing as an artist that I hate more than receiving vague feedback. "You just didn't bring it" is not a helpful critique. You can do nothing with that. If I did not like something on the show, I tried to be exact about what bothered me and also offer a solution. So if a lyric was too generic, I would site the offending lyric and offer an alternative to show an idea of what might work better. This was the hardest part of the show for me, but I figured placating someone gets them nowhere, and being honest is the best thing I could offer them, even if it was hard. And the contestants seemed to thrive on it. This is a serious group of young artists who are in it to win it.
I hope you all have as much fun watching as I did being part of the show.
Until next time,
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.