Jewel Kilcher is a leaf that’s fallen too far from the tree. Even though her family is the center of a reality TV show Alaska: The Last Frontier, Jewel decided to make a name for herself away from reality TV. A music fanatic, Jewel took up the guitar from a young age and never looked back. Now, Jewel is not only a singer-songwriter, but also a musician, producer, actress, author, and poet. Over the years, Jewel has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Jewel Kilcher.
Jewel Kilcher was born on the 23rd of May 1974 in Payson, Utah. The second child of Attila Kuno “Atz” Kilcher and Lenedra Kilcher, Jewel spent much of her early life with her brother Shane Kilcher & Atz Lee Kilcher. After Jewel was born into the family, her family relocated to Anchorage, Alaska. Preserving the homesteader culture in the family started by her grandfather Yule Kilcher, Jewel learned the ropes from her father Atz Kilcher.
‘We lived far from town. We had to walk 2 miles (3.2 km) just to get to the saddle barn I was raised in… No running water, no heat—we had a coal stove and an outhouse and we mainly lived off of what we could kill or can. We picked berries and made jam. We caught fish to freeze and had gardens and cattle to live on. I rode horses every day in the summer beneath the Alaskan midnight sun. I loved it there.’
Jewel’s musical career began at 15 years of age when she was referred to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. She learned classical music at the academy and polished her songwriting skills. After graduating, Jewel moved to San Diego, California, and started pursuing her singing dreams.
After touring small bars and pubs for some time, Jewel released her debut album Pieces of You, which was released under the eponym of Jewel, in 1995 when she was 21 years old. The album went onto sell 12 million copies in the United States alone.
On the 19th of May 1998, Jewel released her first book on poetry. Entitled A Night Without Armor, the book went on to sell around 1 million copies and nabbed a top spot on the NY Times Best Sellers list.
Her next album came on November 17, 1998. Entitled spirit, the album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and eventually sold 3.7 million units in the United States. Her next album didn’t take long as Jewel released Joy: A Holiday Collection in November of 1999. Her fifth studio album 0304, was released in June of 2003. The lead single Intuition reached No. 5 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart. Since then, Jewel has gone on to work on several singles and often headlined many tours. She has also nabbed more than a few awards on the way.
Jewel Kilcher has an estimated net worth over $30 M. The wealth comes from her spectacular singing career which spans over two decades.
Jewel Kilcher is a single mother who has had her fair share of romances. She was in a relationship with actor Sean Penn in 1995 after he spotted her performing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. On the 7th of August 2008, Jewel married pro rodeo cowboy Ty Murray. The pair remained together for 6 years before getting a divorce on the 2nd of July 2014. In their years of togetherness, the pair had a son, Kase Townes Murray who was born on July 11, 2011. And while Jewel is in touch with her father and brother, she is estranged from her mother. She accused her mother of stealing millions of dollars while she worked as her business manager.
Moving on from divorce
After divorce Jewel returned to her roots in Alaska. She made Alaska The Last frontier several appearances alongside extended Kilcher family from 2016 to 2017. She gives the taste of her life on social media handles sharing her bits and pieces with her family and son Kasey. As of now, Jewel is not known to be dating anyone. Most likely she is single.