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She finally makes it official. Jewel is going country!

Old 11-02-07, 04:07 PM
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Jewel's country CD - Perfectly Clear 06/03/08



Jewel's personal odyssey, partly chronicled on one of the best selling debut albums of all time, the twelve-time platinum Pieces of You, comes full circle with her forthcoming country album, Perfectly Clear, the debut release on newly launched Nashville-based independent label The Valory Music Co.

1. Stronger Woman (Top 15 Country Hit)
2. I Do
3. Love Is A Garden
4. Rosey and Mick
5. Anyone But You
6. Thump Thump
7. Two Become One
8. 'Til It Feels Like Cheating
9. Everything Reminds Me Of You
10. Love By You (Cowboy Waltz)
11. Perfectly Clear

Jewel is set apart her whole career for not only singing, but writing all her songs, and this album is no exception. "I've been writing country songs my whole career; some of the songs on this record date back to when I was 18 years old. I've been hanging on to them until now. They were meant for a record like this one."

The record's first single "Stronger Woman" is a powerful and positive message that resonates with women of any age. Perfectly Clear is produced by Jewel and John Rich of Big and Rich fame. "Jewel is probably one of the greatest American singer-songwriters we have. It is such an honor to work with anyone of that caliber of talent," Rich says. Jewel has spent a lot of time in Nashville over the last few years, and has naturally been drawn to and accepted by the Nashville music community. "If I were discovered today, there is no doubt that I would be signed as a country artist. Songs like "You Were Meant For Me" would have been a country hit today, and not a pop hit as it was in the 90s. The genres have changed more than I feel I have," says Jewel.

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Singer/songwriter Jewel has a new label and a new genre to boot. The artist has signed a multi-album deal with newly launched Nashville-based independent Valory Music Company and will pursue success on the country charts.

Jewel, who has cut five of her six albums in Nashville, says country has always been in her plans. "I've been wanting to do this record my whole career," she tells Billboard.com, "but my label was always scared of country music. I've always had country songs on my records."

Jewel, who previously recorded for Atlantic Records, has sold 14.8 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. She has scored seven top 10s on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart, including two No. 1s, "Foolish Games" and "You Were Meant for Me."

"If I had been discovered now, living in my car in San Diego, I think I would have been signed as a country act," she maintains. "As a singer/songwriter and as a storyteller, I'm old fashioned. I like a beginning middle and end to my songs. That's pretty much just country radio now."

Scott Borchetta, the president and CEO for Nashville-based independent Big Machine Records, is launching Valory. The label's name is a variation on country icon June Carter Cash's birth name, Valerie June Carter.

Along with Jewel, whose album was produced by Big & Rich's John Rich and is expected in the spring, Valory is also home to new artists Justin Moore and Jimmy Wayne.

Borchetta launched Big Machine in 2005. The label is home to rising star Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood and Jack Ingram, among others. It also handles promotion for Garth Brooks, whose current single "More Than A Memory" is one of four new tracks on his forthcoming "The Ultimate Hits" (Pearl).

Though she lives in Texas with bull-riding star boyfriend Ty Murray, Jewel has spent a good bit of time in Nashville over the last few years. Earlier this year she hosted the country reality show "Nashville Star" and she has made a number of appearances at Muzik Mafia events. She co-wrote and dueted with new artist Jason Michael Carroll on "No Good In Goodbye," which appears on his debut album, "Waitin' in the Country" (Arista Nashville). And she will be a presenter on the Country Music Association Awards show with Murray on Nov. 7.

"She's just one of the best singer/songwriters in any genre," Borchetta says, adding that a move to country is "a natural progression for her."

Overall, Jewel says fans won't hear a big difference in the new album. "It won't sound like a huge, crazy departure," she says. Among the songs due to make the cut is "Perfectly Clear," a longtime concert staple and fan favorite that she has never recorded. "It's sure enough a country song," she says.


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"You were meant for me, and I was meant for you...brother."

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outside of her brief pseudo-Madonna 0304 stint, she's always been relatively country-esque, if anything, closer to country than most of the country acts being shoved in the mainstream.

I am a little disappointed she's working with John Rich tho
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John Rich

Her early stuff was country folk-ish.
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Originally Posted by movieking
John Rich
C'mon now... Save A Horse, Ride A Jewel???
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I was watching the country music awards yesterday thinking that country of today isn't the country I remember from the '70s and '80s. There were some that were basically southern rock, not to mention that The Eagles were performing.

I can see Jewel fitting in quite nicely, I wish her the best.
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first Bon Jovi and now this?!?
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There was a Jewel video where she was wearing some giant belt buckle...

we saw this coming.
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Originally Posted by turborobb
first Bon Jovi and now this?!?


Is the BJovi cd really country-

i just dont hear it that way.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
"You were meant for me, and I was meant for you...brother."

This reads less like Jewel going country and more like Hulk Hogan trying to quote Jewel lyrics.

Brother!
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
Well her teeth are already there.

Game, set, and match.

I guess we can close this thread now.
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Wait, I thought Jewel had gone dance? Guess that sell-out didn't work too well. On to the next!
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
Wait, I thought Jewel had gone dance? Guess that sell-out didn't work too well. On to the next!
If this doesnt work out, all thats left is to go hip hop.
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I kind of wish Jewel would stick with her original sound.
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Originally Posted by Thrush
If this doesnt work out, all thats left is to go hip hop.
If that crashes and burns there is always:

Rap/Rock
Ska
Death Metal

or Polka
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Added release date, CD cover and track listing!
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Originally Posted by Thrush
If this doesnt work out, all thats left is to go hip hop.
Her duet with Ghostface Killah in Walk Hard wasn't too bad.
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I have no problems with artists crossing over. They used to do it all the time. Best example might be Linda Rondstandt. Nelly Furtado achieved another platinum album with the hip/hop "Loose." Country would be a better fit for Jewel than her pop stint.

FYI, she had most of her teeth fixed.

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Old 04-21-08, 05:32 AM
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Originally Posted by mndtrp
I kind of wish Jewel would stick with her original sound.
The only time I saw Jewel perform was when she was opening for Peter Murphy ages ago and she did a lot of yodeling. I think that kind of is her original sound.
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Surprisingly Jewel rocks it at Country Music! I loooove the single 'Stronger Woman'.

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