Rags To Riches Story of Jewel: From Growing Up With No Indoor Plumbing to Making Millions

Singer, song-writer Jewel grew up in a home without indoor plumber having to use an outhouse. Before hitting it big with music Jewel and her father battled poverty, traveling in a van throughout the country performing on the street. Since her debut album “Pieces of You” in 1995 she is a bestselling music recording artist, going platinum 15 times. Her biggest hit from that album “Who Will Save Your Soul” peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Currently, Jewel is the co-host and judge of a reality show song writing competition “Platinum Hits” which premiered in 2011. Jewel’s current net worth is $30 Million.

Jewel was born in Payson Utah, but her family moved to Home Alaska after her birth. Her grandfather Yule Kilcher was a delegate to the Alaska State Constitutional Convention and a state senator. Jewel was raised by her father Atz Kilcher. Jewel and her father had a very simple life. She and her father often performed in bars, which is where Jewel learned how to yodel. She uses this yodeling technique in many of her songs.

Jewel published a poetry book entitled “A Nigh Without Armor” in 1998. It sold over 1 million copies and was on the New York Times best seller list. She wrote another book, an autobiography, titled “Chasing Down The Dawn” in 2000.

Philanthropy is very important to Jewel. She formed a not for profit organization with her mother and brother called Higher Ground for Humanity. The organization is focused on education and creating sustainable improvements with other like-minded organizations. She is also involved in Project Clean Water, where she and other song writers, write and auction their lyrics.

Jewel is married to rodeo star Ty Murray. They have one child, Kase Townes Murray, who was born June 11, 2011.