Song:You Were Meant For Me
In hindsight, the success of folksinger Jewel Kilcher seems unlikely. But she had three top ten hits including You Were Meant For me in 1996. She was born may 23,1974 in Payson, UT but she was raised in Homer, AK by her father. her grandfather was an Alaskan state senator. Her upbringing was chronicled in the Discovery Channel series Alaska: The Last Frontier. Jewel and her father sang in local clubs and she learned to yodel. She moved to Michigan to study music at the Interlochen Arts Academy. After graduating, she traveled the US performing in clubs. She met Steve Poltz in San Diego and he would later be a key figure in her career. Jewel signed with Atlantic Records in 1994 after former Paramount exec Inga Vainshtein got a tip about her. Her 1996 debut CD Pieces Of You was produced by Neil Young's long time recording engineer Ben Keith. he had never produced anyone other than Young. Young's band The Stray Gators backs her up on the CD. You Were Meant For Me was the second single. After it was released, Atlantic pulled it and the music video and asked Jewel to record it again. This second version reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. And a new music video was filmed which featured Steve Poltz. He wrote the song with Jewel. The next single Foolish Games also reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Pieces Of You was certified 12XPlatinum. So now Jewel is a big star. She had one more top ten hit Hands from her 1998 CD Spirit. You can get them on this budget comp. Though Jewel never had another hit single, her albums still did well until her 2006 CD Goodbye Alice in Wonderland was her first CD to not at least be certified Gold. Then she left Atlantic and recorded for the country label Valory. She has also had success with children's music. She is currently working on new music and the CD will be released on Jewel's own label. Jewel has published several books of poetry and has done a lot of TV. She hosted the 2011 TV talent show Platinum Hit. I expect that in the future we'll see her more on TV than on the charts. Here's the video for You Were Meant For Me by Jewel.