Jewel Announces Holiday Album, ‘Let It Snow’
... Ah, the lovely Jewel
is set to return to your stereos with a brand-new release just in time for the holiday season: She's just revealed details of her upcoming LP Let It Snow, her second holiday album after 1999′s Joy: A Holiday Collection, which went platinum because Jewel
and it was 1999. So! This record features primarily seasonal favorites -- the title track, of course, as well as "Sleigh Ride," "Silver Bells" and "White Christmas" -- plus two original songs: "It's Christmastime" and "Blue Crystal Glow." As she explained to Billboard: "The great thing about Christmas music is I can cover a lot of territory, from country to jazz style vocals to classical music, arias. That's what drew me to the last one." Indeed! No word yet on an official release date, but expect it, um, before Christmas. The tracklist below: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Do You Hear What I Hear? It's Christmastime What Child Is This? Panis Angelicus Blue Crystal Glow Sleigh Ride White Christmas Silver Bells The Christmas Song I'll Be Home for Christmas [via Billboard] Jewel
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Jewel Announces 'Let It Snow' Holiday Album
... Her first holiday set since 1999's "Joy" will include two new compositions Jewel
is returning to Christmas canon with the December release of "Let It Snow," her second holiday album and the follow-up to 1999's platinum "Joy: A Holiday Collection."The 12-track Somerset Group Ltd. set includes renditions of seasonal favorites such as "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Sleigh Ride," "Silver Bells" and "White Christmas," the latter featuring Vince Gill on guitar. It also includes two new Jewel
compositions -- "It's Christmastime" and "Blue Crystal Glow," a chorale piece she co-wrote with Joe Mardin, son of the late "Joy" producer Arif Mardin."I really had an amazing time doing this one," Jewel
tells Billboard. "The great thing about Christmas music is I can cover a lot of territory, from country to jazz style vocals to classical music, arias. That's what drew me to the last one... And it's fun writing Christmas music; you get to write in a more classic style and not have to think about current radio or current trends." Watch: 'O Holy Night' via 'Joy'Jewel
co-produced the album with Mardin, Steve Skinner and Robbie Kondor -- arrangers who also ... [ read more ]
Jewel Joins 'The Sing-Off' As Judge
... Nick Lachey returns as the reality show's host. Nick Lachey is returning to NBC's "The Sing-Off" for a fourth round. Additionally, Grammy nominee Jewel
will join the singing competition series' recently announced fourth season as a judge alongside returning stars Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Jewel
replaces Sara Bareilles, who stepped in for Nicole Scherzinger in the show's third season. "There are very few musical artists as accomplished and talented as Jewel
. Her addition to 'The Sing-Off' judges panel, along with our stellar team of Shawn Stockman ... [ read more ]
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Her full name is Jewel Kilcher. She was born in Payson, Utah and raised in Homer, Alaska.
Jewel started her career playing in a coffee house in San Diego, California called "Inner Change."
Her fan club is called the EDA's (Every Day Angels). The name was taken from a line in her song, "I'm Sensitive."
She stared in Ang Lee's 1999 film "Ride With The Devil". (thanks, VAB - Miami, FL, for above 4)
As a child, she was part of a family yodeling act. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL)
Jewel attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan during high school before living in her VW van (according to interviews) for possibly less than a year before landing a record deal in California. At workshops for singers and songwriters, Jewel is often cited as an example of someone with a great story that the media is likely to pick up on. Her image as an Alaskan farm girl who slept in her car earned her a great deal of publicity and set her apart from other singer/songwriters. (thanks, Emily - Jackson, MI)
She stared as Dorothy in TNT's live stage version of The Wizard of Oz in 1995. Up to that point she was mainly known for her appearances on college radio. (thanks, Heather - Tilton , NH)
She married the rodeo star Ty Murray in 2008. The couple planned to compete together on Dancing With The Stars in 2009, but Jewel suffered stress fractures in her legs while practicing and had to drop out. Murray finished fourth.
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