-> ''"I would always encourage people of any age not to be so quick to follow other people's truths but to search and follow your own moral code and live by your own integrity, and mostly just be brave."''
[[IAmTheBand Jewel Kilcher]] (born May 23 1974), better known by just her first name, has been singing solo professionally since early 1995, with the release of her CD ''Pieces of You'', which went platinum twelve times, becoming one of the best-selling debut albums of all time. [[SignatureSong "Foolish Games"]], a single on this CD, held the record for the longest chart run of a single (sixty-five weeks), and still holds the second-longest chart run. (1995-present)
She has since released other albums, including a [[GenreShift few shifts]] [[OutofGenreExperience in musical style]], which led to varying degrees of success. It should be noted that the main offender of this, her album ''0304'', debuted at at number two on the Billboard 200 and quickly went gold. Her later albums have suffered the opposite, most notably the foray into CountryMusic with ''Perfectly Clear'' and ''Sweet and Wild''.
Characterized by guitar and folky sounds as well as wordy lyrics and [[PainfulRhyme imperfect rhymes]], Jewel also has released two books, a poetry book and an autobiography. She has also starred in the movie "Ride with the Devil," and has guest-starred on numerous TV shows. She serves as a judge on ''Series/TheSingOff'' starting in Season 4. She's also a well-known philanthropist, donating a portion of her income [[http://www.highergroundhumanity.org/ Higher Ground for Humanity]], particularly [[http://www.jeweljk.com/?content=project_clean_water The Clean Water Project]], as well as being a spokeswoman for the group ''Stop Breast Cancer for Life''.
She currently lives in Stephenville, Texas.
* ''Pieces of You'' (1995)
* ''Spirit'' (1998)
* ''Joy'' (1999)
* ''This Way'' (2001)
* ''0304'' (2003)
* ''Goodbye Alice in Wonderland'' (2006)
* ''Perfectly Clear'' (2008)
* ''Lullaby'' (2009)
* ''Sweet and Wild'' (2010)
* ''The Merry Goes Round'' (2011)
* ''Greatest Hits'' (2013)
* ''Let It Snow'' (2013)
* ''A Night Without Armor''
* ''Chasing Down the Dawn''
!!Provides Examples of:
* AudienceParticipationSong: In live shows, she encourages the audience to sing the final chorus to "You Were Meant For Me"
* BookEnds: In her album ''Pieces of You'', every song begins and ends with the same line. Usually as a DarkReprise
* CanonDisContinuity: Typically the aforementioned ''0304''
* ClusterFBomb: "Pieces of You" for "faggot".
* CoverVersion: She's gone on the record of only doing covers of Cole Porter
* ChristmasSongs: 2 Xmas albums
* GenreShift: Attempted to go into country. "Stronger Woman" was a minor hit, but the rest of her country career didn't pan out.
* IncrediblyLongNote: ''Last Dance Rodeo''
* LastNoteNightmare: More like "Last Lyric Nightmare." The song "This Little Bird" (a bonus track on ''Spirit'') is a song about a bird happily flying about... only for its final line to mention the bird eventually dying.
* LivesInAVan: She lived in her car for about a year until she made it big.
* MurderBallad: ''Nicotine Love''
* NotChristianRock: She has quite a few songs about God and faith but is not technically a Christian artist.
* NewSoundAlbum: Subverted. Her CountryMusic albums aren't radically different.
** To describe: ''Pieces of You'' was folk rock, ''Spirit'' was a bit more poppier folk rock, ''This Way'' was modern pop rock, ''0304'' was dance-pop with an ironic twist, ''Goodbye Alice in Wonderland'' was a combination of ''Spirit'' and ''This Way'', ''Perfectly Clear'' was ''Spirit'' with a country flavor, ''Lullaby'' was children's lullabies, ''Sweet and Wild'' was country and ''The Merry Goes 'Round'' was children's music.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She's 40? What?!
* PaperThinDisguise: [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/4a87d48fdd/undercover-karaoke-with-jewel Once sang]] her own songs at a Karaoke bar while wearing a wig and a fake nose.
* RearrangeTheSong: Most prominently "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "Fragile Heart"
* StealthParody: ''0304'' was intended as a parody of bubblegum pop music, but critics and most of her fanbase mistook it for a straight example. [[CreatorKiller Her career has never recovered]].
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''Spirit''
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: ''Fading'', where a woman has a mental breakdown in a Wal-Mart bathroom before being 'taken away.'