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Scintillating new photos of Jewel on Imagista
« on: February 26, 2016, 04:30:55 PM »
http://theimagista.com/jewel-unedited/

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JEWEL: UNEDITED

 

INTERVIEW BY MICHAEL WILLIAMS
ARTICLE BY KATINA GOULAKOS

ďI am not an unedited human being and I am not going to pick a color and be it; I get to be every color at will and nobody will tell me, except meĒ ĖJewel

Jewel is one of those female artists who can go by a single name like Cher, Beyonce or Madonna. This down to earth superstar was raised in Alaska and by the 4th  grade she was performing along side her father at dive bars around the area. At the age of 21, Jewelís first album ďPieces of YouĒ was released. Much to her surprise, the album went multi-platinum with ďYou Were Meant for MeĒ and ďWho Will Save Your SoulĒ.

Imagista was mesmerized by her recent performance in New York City. Not only are her vocals impeccable but also her sense of ease on stage is admirable. Jewelís humor and kind demure are felt throughout her performance, a quality not many artists have.

Jewel, who comes from a family of musicians and artist, never aimed her sights on fame. Her goal in fact was to be one of the best singers and songwriters in the industry, which she accomplished.  She claims it was always hard for her to learn someone elseís music, she found it so much easier writing her own, which worked out in her benefit.

Jewel has been blessed to call, none other than, Bob Dylan and Neal Young her song writing mentors. Dylan took her under his wing and brought her on tour with him. They would go through her lyrics and he was instrumental with instilling in Jewel the confidence to develop her own song writing style.

Neil Young, who she met a little later in her career has also been a tremendous supporter of Jewel. She says both Dylan and Young taught her an important lesson, which is ďto follow relentlessly whatever your instinct is.Ē

Jewel also took the advice of her mentors and went on a little break from show business and asked herself ďwhat do I really want to do with my life?Ē The time spent away from the music industry offered Jewel some perspective and, to her surprise, she chose music again. However, she decided to engage in it very differently. She decided not  live in L.A anymore and to stopped the heavy touring.

Jewel is unique because not only has she broken boundaries in the music industry, but because she has taken her career to another level completely. The now 41 year old continues to be inspired by the world around her. She has re-invented herself and taken a step back from fame on  whenever it was feeling  to be a bit too much.  ďHumans are not one thing however, artists get to a brand and are suppose to stick to it, not meĒ.

Jewel is an who artist marches to the beat of her own drum which is why she is so inspiring to us. She is more than just a singer and a songwriter, she truly is an influential and accomplished and the respect and admiration she garners from her adoring fans is well deserved.

*Stay tuned for an upcoming in-depth podcast interview with Jewel and Imagista.


CONTRIBUTORS

Photographer: Lynda Churilla
Musician: Jewel
Model: Kenneth Guidroz
Hair and Makeup: Abraham Sprinkle using Nars Cosmetics.

Interview: Michael Williams
Article: Katina Goulakos








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Re: Scintillating new photos of Jewel on Imagista
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2016, 10:48:11 AM »
Is he the photographer or a model/prop?
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Re: Scintillating new photos of Jewel on Imagista
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2016, 09:39:19 AM »
Photographer: Lynda Churilla
Musician: Jewel
Model: Kenneth Guidroz
Hair and Makeup: Abraham Sprinkle using Nars Cosmetics.

He doesn't look like a Lynda to me....

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Re: Scintillating new photos of Jewel on Imagista
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2016, 03:30:54 PM »
Lol thanks Sandy
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Re: Scintillating new photos of Jewel on Imagista
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2018, 03:45:34 PM »
Updated with interview and a couple pics from the new jewelry line website:




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JEWEL
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LYNDA CHURILLA & SARAH SCHWAB
STORY BY MICHAEL RAVER

How about this? Take an introspective and incredibly hard-working girl from Alaska, put her through the paces of an abusive upbringing, send her to a prestigious art school and then have her traverse a stint of homelessness. Give her sick kidneys. A lecherous boss at a dead-end computer warehouse job and a complicated relationship with her mother. Essentially, it can add up to a staggering narrative that singer/songwriter, Jewel, has spent her career toiling to document through her deeply personal songs. To date, sheís sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has earned four Grammy nominations. 

The Alaskan-native might be one of the most misunderstood musicians in pop culture to date. While the sweet sentiments sewn into her collection of work ring true, sheís often pegged, one-dimensionally, as a delicate sort of 60ís era Joni Mitchell acolyte, when in fact, sheís probably one of the best singer/songwriters America has produced in the last twenty years.

Her New York Times Best Seller, Never Broken, unpacked the hardships of her coming up through the ranks, playing coffee shops in San Diego, getting discovered and being catapulted to heights inconceivable to a young and gentle spirited Jewel Kilcher. Her estranged mother became her manager, and for a time, it seems like she had the world on a string. But betrayal rocked their newfound bond and the relationship dissolved. Pulling herself up by her own bootstraps, she climbed out of deep debt, navigated a painful divorce, and has arisen a keen businesswoman and a fiercely determined artist.

While her son, Kase, may be the love of her life, music is still very much lighting her fire. Sheís never been in better form musically, and with an adventurous new album on the horizon, as well as a new collection of handmade jewelry, her sights are set on bridging the gap she claims is permeating pop culture.

Imagista: What prompted you to want to design jewelry?
Jewel: Iíd been looking at doing it for a long time. Christopher Beaver and I have been friends for a long time and we wanted to do something from the ground up. I really believe that hard wood grows slowly and there are no shortcuts. We wanted it to be an expression of who I really am and really aligned with my values. Itís beautiful and hopefully people will buy it, but also Iíve always used symbols to navigate through life. Iíve always used symbols as compasses.

Imagista: Can you tell me about meeting Christopher and how you decided to go into business together to create Songlines?
Jewel: Gosh, I donít even remember. It feels like weíve been friends forever. Iíve been a fan of his jewelry and Iíve been buying it for a long time. He gave me a piece of his this last Christmas and we started talking about a licensing deal. I said Iíd rather just do it with him and so we cooked this up.

Imagista: How did you create and agree upon an aesthetic?
Jewel: We wanted it to have a really strong aesthetic that represents me and my style but that also has meaning and values and a lot of heart in it. Something that we werenít really seeing in the marketplace. This first line is inspired by Alaska and the symbology that I grew up with using. Weíd like to just keep growing slowly.  Weíre just doing this ourselves out of Christopherís house. Itís been fun seeing how much people have liked it.

Imagista: Youíve been busy with a myriad of different endeavors (your Never Broken website, acting) over the last few years, which includes a new album. When can we expect the new record?
Jewel: I donít have a launch date or anything like that. Iíve been working on getting the music right and Iíll go from there. I formed my own label called Words Matter Media. Iíll probably do a multimedia launch where itíll be tied to some sort of visual component, some sort of serial series on TV or online. I really want this to be a co-write with America, as it were. I wrote a speech recently that got published in Variety that really describes why Iím writing this project, why Iím working on the music that Iím working on, why I feel compelled to go back into the mainstream public eye, whereas most of the music that Iíve been making lately has been very independent. I feel thereís a huge gap between what people are feeling and experiencing in their lives and what theyíre seeing reflected back to them in pop culture. People are really struggling and instead of being able to find refuge or well-being, theyíre being fed things that are constantly feeding their anxiety.

Imagista: What is it about music that you feel can bridge that gap?
Jewel: I think weíve gone a couple of generations without really hearing punk rock and folk music and people talking about real things. There have been people who have been doing it, itís not like itís been absent entirely, and yet I donít think people are being as real as they can be. I think itís ripe for that change. Often the gate keepers donít see that gap and see whoís going to fill it. Iím very interested in the music thatís about to come forward. I encourage people to speak up and say whatever the truth is to them.

Imagista: Your back catalog of unreleased songs is extensive. Will any of those tunes be the new album?
Jewel: You know, this is the first record that Iíve actually been writing from scratch. I have a folder on my phone of back catalogue songs that I havenít looked at. I will look at them at some point, but none of them really are jumping out to me. I really want to write about whatís happening now. Where Iím at now, rather than where I was when I was younger. Iím open to suggestions, you know, if there are fan favorites Iím not thinking of. My last album had quite a few of those.

Imagista: Youíve said youíre spanning a wide range of genres with your new album. Youíre no stranger to working in Pop, Folk, Americana, Country and Rock. What has genre meant to your career so far?
Jewel: I think that structures get built that donít always express the fluidity of how people experience things. Music is very fluid. People have Johnny Cash records as well as Bob Dylan records. I like people that are unapologetically themselves. Thatís why I love Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton as much as I love Joni Mitchell. I like an unapologetic viewpoint. To me thats a punk rock attitude, whether youíre playing punk rock or not. Itís an unrelenting belief in your own voiceís value. Unless we have people in the arts that are willing to be that courageous, young people donít know itís possible. To me, genre should be a much more fluid thing. Because of a certain type of capitalism, the industry got set up with these shilohed genres. But if you go into peopleís playlist, typically, youíll find a variety of some sort thatís unified by a common theme. Usually emotional. Thatís been my experience. Iíve listened to all genres my entire life. Iím not really a genre fascist! (Laughs) Itís a shame in the business that you might have to get off of a label that doesnít have a country radio relationship, for example, and get on another label that does. It can make it mechanically difficult, but Iíve never had a problem writing it. I have friends in every genre. I like every genre.

Imagista: Do you have any pre-show dressing room rituals?
Jewel: I pride myself on having no rituals, but I like something that has fat in case my throat is dry. Eating something greasy coats your vocal chords. If youíre in a dry climate especially, I try to make sure I have potato chips on hand. If Iím with a band, I keep potato chips on the drum riser. You can get an extra bit out of your voice if you eat something greasy! (Laughs)

Imagista: What is something youíd want your younger self to know about the music industry?
Jewel: Someone sent me some interviews recently of interviews from right when I became famous. My message has always been the same. I knew that if I ever did get famous that I would want to be an artist more than I would want to be famous. I know fame doesnít last forever and because I came from nature, I knew that there was a season for things. I tried to build a fanbase with whom I had a really personal relationship, where it was a much deeper relationship than a fad or a hit. And to really invest in that relationship. To allow myself to experiment and not feel captive. I never felt like I had to be popular and Iím glad I made a lot of those decisions. Iím glad I never felt like my self-worth was relative to where I was at on the charts. If your worth is relative to your surroundings, youíre in for a difficult ride. Iím proud of how Iíve conducted myself, Iím proud of the risks that Iíve taken. That Iíve never sold out my authenticity even if people thought I did with 0304. That was not my selling out my authenticity, that was my fighting for it. To me, being a sellout would have been doing ďYou Were Meant For MeĒ part two, part three, part four and never changing. Thatís not me. I change and I grow. Thatís authentic to me. You canít make everyone happy.

Imagista: Speaking of 0304, youíve recently done some work with Lester Mendez, who worked with you on that album. What called you back to working with him?
Jewel: Iíve always loved Lester. Heís really talented and weíve worked well together. He cooks up all of his own sounds. Heís like a mad scientist. Iíve been writing with a bunch of people. Thereís been a real soul, gospel thing going on with what Iím doing now. Itís interesting. Itís fun to follow it wherever it goes. There are some things that might surprise people about the way Iím singing. Thereís a blues, old-school, R&B, Aretha Franklin kind of feel. I donít think people have really heard me sing like that. I grew up singing that, but Iíve never gotten it onto a record. Itís surprising that itís finally coming out.

Imagista: Is there a project that you havenít done yet but youíre champing at the bit to do?
Jewel: This new one. I also did a show at the Hollywood Bowl with a full orchestra where I got to take a swing at that kind of music. Iím really improving as a singer every year. I really work at it and I feel like my voice is in better form than itís ever been. So I look forward to doing something like that at some point.

For more information about Jewel and to purchase tickets to her Handmade Holiday Tour, visit www.jeweljk.com

For more information about Songlines, visit www.songlinesbyjewel.com


The speech referenced that was published in Variety is here: https://variety.com/2018/music/news/read-jewel-heartfelt-speech-on-nirvana-next-punk-rock-1202909622/