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JewelAKA Jewel Kilcher

Born: 23-May-1974
Birthplace: Payson, UT

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer/Songwriter

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Who will save her soul

Jewel's debut album Pieces of You (1995) won critical acclaim after going platinum, largely due to the folksy, tarbaby singles "You Were Meant For Me" and "Who Will Save Your Soul?", as referenced in the comic Jerkcity, titled Jewel (#805).

Many of Jewel's fans felt confused and betrayed by 0304 (2003), which found her plaintive Jodie Foster-esque persona replaced by something more resembling Christina Aguilera. Listeners were baffled by babytalk song titles either rejected by Prince or sniffed from an 11-year-old's text messages -- "U & Me = Love", "Run 2 U", "Yes U Can" -- only to pop the CD in and hear thumping four-on-the-floor house beats and a distinct lack of homespun steel string strummery. It seems Ms. Kilcher had hung up her zither and moved to civilization just in time for Gulf War II, penning a bouncy rant against George W. Bush entitled "America":

Everywhere I go, seems like Bush is on TV
We shed blood in the name of li-ber-ty (uh-huh, all right)
The circus tents R dead, but the sideshow's doing well
The Osbournes & Anna Nicole R 2 freaky 2 tell (uh-huh, all right)

We are trying in America
We're spying in America
Getting high in America
We are trucking in America
We are fucking in America
(etc. etc.)

Jewel has managed to parlay her droll lyrical stylings into two books of poetry, as described in Jerkcity #1743, Another Jewel Book. Witness the subtle capitalization of "It Has Been Long":
It has been
long and
Bony since
your willing
ways since
those thirstful
days of
summer nights
and Burning Beds

Boyfriend: Steve Poltz (musician; dated 1994-7)
Boyfriend: Sean Penn (actor; dated 1997)
Boyfriend: Gavin Newsom (San Francisco mayor; dated 1997-98)
Boyfriend: Christopher Douglas (dated 1999)
Husband: Ty Murray (rodeo performer, dated 1999-2008, m. 7-Aug-2008, one son)
Son: Kase Townes Murray (b. 12-Jul-2011)

    High School: Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

    Risk Factors: Dyslexia

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Author of books:
A Night Without Armor (1999, poetry)
Chasing Down the Dawn (2001, anecdotes)

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