May 23 – Happy Birthday, Jewel

Posted on May 23, 2017

Jewel Kilcher - born on this date in 1974 - famously lived in her car while working a barista job and playing her guitar while singing her songs, mostly in Southern California. She was, basically, homeless.

Then all of a sudden, she was discovered.

And at age 21, Jewel released her debut album - which went 12 times platinum and became one of the best selling debut albums of all time.

Yazza-bing! How'd you like to go from being homeless to being a superstar?

Actually, it was probably pretty hard, in some ways, but Jewel withstood whatever pressures there were, and she has released at least seven more albums, has published poetry and an autobiography, has acted in movies and on TV, and has won numerous awards.

Some cool stuff about Jewel:

* She was born in Utah but raised in Alaska, living in a house that had no indoor plumbing and only a simple outhouse, no central heating, no television!

* Her father stars in the Discovery Channel show Alaska: The Last Frontier

* Jewel's grandfather came to Alaska from Switzerland. He made the first recorded crossing of the Harding Icefield and served as an Alaska state senator.

* She learned to yodel and a child and sometimes uses yodeling in her songs! Here is a video of her yodeling.

Check out my favorite Jewel songs:

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