When Jewel’s first album, “Pieces of You,” topped the charts in 1995, she drew comparisons to icons Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. Jewel’s emotional voice and vulnerable performance were groundbreaking on full display in the record’s soulful songs, including the hits “Who Will Save Your Soul”, “You Were Meant for Me” and “Foolish Games.”
It had been an arduous road to success for the singer-songwriter who lived in her van at age 18 while trying to break into the music industry. Her lucky break came when a radio disc jockey played a bootlegged version of one of her songs, launching her career into the stratosphere. By age 21, she was a multi-Platinum household name. Jewel went on to win the American Music Award and released the “Perfectly Clear” album, which topped the Country music charts and featured the hits “Stronger Woman,” “I Do,” and “’Til It Feels Like Cheating.”
Jewel’s acclaimed works include “Night Without Armor,” a collection of her poetry. Her sophomore set, “Spirit,” a string-heavy sentimental record, delivered the popular single Hands. Her other albums include “Joy: A Holiday Collection;” “Chasing Down the Dawn,” a spoken-word record featuring unabridged selections from the book of the same name; and “This Way,” which featured the hit “Standing Still.”
Her version of “Serve the Ego” topped the American dance/club charts, and she followed with “0304,” a slick dance-pop album. The singer returned to her earlier sound in “Goodbye Alice in Wonderland,” which debuted in the Billboard Top 10.
Jewel’s other works included “Sweet & Wild;” the children’s album, “The Merry Goes ’Round;” and another holiday compilation, “Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection.”
In her autobiography, “Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story,” Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and the rocky journey from childhood to fame, marriage, and motherhood. The memoir earned her the title of New York Times bestselling author. The songstress appears in the “Fixer Upper Mystery Series” on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel in March 2018.
Joining Jewel on stage in Cerrito will be her father, singer-songwriter Atz Kilcher, and brothers, who appear in Discovery Channel’s hit show “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”
For tickets or more information on the performance, call (562) 916-8500 or go to cerritoscenter.com.