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Jewel Plans Coastal Tour Dates to Support 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rick Diamond, Getty Images Jewel is gearing up for her first tour in three years. The singer will kick off the 2016 Picking Up the Pieces Tour on March 4 in Louisiana and visit nine cities. "It's going to be really fun to get back out on the road," Jewel says in a press release. "I'm excited to share the stories behind some of my favorite and most personal songs in such an intimate setting." The tour will include Jewel performing hits off her 12 released studio albums, as well as the singer sharing stories from her most recent memoir Never Broken -- Songs Are Only Half the Story in which she writes about her childhood and career. The run is named for her current album, released last fall. Tickets for Jewel's Picking Up the Pieces Tour go on sale on Jan. 15 at 10AM. One of the songs Jewel will likely perform on her tour is her duet with Dolly Parton, "My Father's Daughter," which the singer wrote in 2008. "When you grow up as a girl on a homestead with an outhouse, you don't have many heroes in the public eye," Jewel tells TIME. "Dolly and Loretta [Lynn] were them, because they had outhouses and they had a similar lifestyle to me. I loved their audacity. They were women who were so outspoken and they had no shame

Watch Jewel Perform 'My Father's Daughter' on the Opry Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jewel recently released her new single, "My Father's Daughter," a duet with Dolly Parton on her latest album Picking Up the Pieces. She performed the song live at the Grand Ole Opry in September, which fans can now watch here. A poignant song about Jewel's upbringing, "My Father's Daughter" has her singing of her early life growing up in a log cabin where her father raised her. A musician in his own right, Jewel would frequently travel with him to honky-tonks and sing along. "My Father's Daughter" was written in 2008, and while Jewel has been playing it live for years, it only made its way onto her record this year. In an interview with TIME earlier this year, Jewel said the decision to ask Parton to duet on the song was easy for her. "When you grow up as a girl on a homestead with an outhouse, you don't have many heroes in the public eye," she explains. "Dolly and Loretta [Lynn] were them, because they had outhouses and they had a similar lifestyle to me." She adds: "I loved their audacity. They were women who were so outspoken and they had no shame in being who they were. They were so ahead of their time, and I always thought it was quite heroic. So I asked [Dolly] to sing on the song, and I was pretty surprised

Watch Jewel & The Gang Unite for 'Jimmy Kimmel' Mashup Mondays Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It was "Ladies' Night" for Kool & The Gang Monday night (Nov. 16) in more ways than one. The legendary R&B and jazz group participated in Jimmy Kimmel's Mashup Mondays segment by inviting Jewel onstage to create Jewel & The Gang.Jewel & Dolly Parton Reflect on Childhood in 'My Father's Daughter' Video: Watch The poetic songstress sang a medley of "Hollywood Swinging," "Ladies' Night" and "Celebration" while backed by the brass band. The cleverly named new group grooved through the night. Check out the video below: Watch Jewel & The Gang Unite for 'Jimmy Kimmel' Mashup Mondays

Foo Fighters Jam Led Zeppelin Classic With Jewel Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Perry Farrell and Chris Chaney, Yes' Jon Davison, and on Friday they continued the tradition. The band performed in Phoenix on Friday (September 25th) where they were joined on stage to perform the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love" by a special guest singer. But it wasn't a hard rocker; they jammed the song with Jewel. Dave Grohl had fun introducing the performance with the following words, "We thought we should do a song together, so we picked some nice things that we thought would sound good and then she says to me, 'I don't wanna do that.' She says, 'I wanna do this.'" He then played the opening guitar riff to "Whole Lotta Love" to kick off the performance. Check out fan filmed footage of the jam here. Foo Fighters Music, DVDs, Books and more Foo Fighters T-shirts and Posters Foo Fighters Jam Led Zeppelin Classic With Jewel

Jewel: Sean Penn and I fell in love Thursday, September 24, 2015

Printable version Singer Jewel has revealed she fell in love with actor Sean Penn when he was temporarily separated from his now ex-wife Robin Wright. The Foolish Games hitmaker recently released a new memoir entitled Never Broken - Songs Are Only Half the Story. And in the book Jewel detailed an unlikely relationship she struck up with the Oscar-winner, which began when she was just starting out in Hollywood on the heels of her 1995 debut album Pieces of You. "He had seen me on Conan [O'Brien's late night talk show] and was working on a movie he'd written called The Crossing Guard,' she recalled on ... to compose a song for it. I told him I would and he said he would meet me anywhere to screen the movie, I could name the day. I gave him my cell number and figured I would never hear from him again." Also in 1995, Sean had separated from his then-girlfriend Robin Wright, who he officially divorced in 2010 after 14 years of marriage. Jewel went on to explain in her book that she wrote a song called Emily for his movie and after the tune was penned, the two struck up a secret romance. "We spoke on the phone a lot and he was a fantastic flirt and I did not mind one bit. But I was no fool and knew I was most likely a trifle to him. ... that man through his paces and he took it in stride. He began to court me in earnest, following me around on tour, acting as my de facto roadie. I moved very slowly with him but he was a persistent and inventive suitor, and I enjoyed it immensely. I kept our burgeoning relationship very quiet." Jewel noted she eventually found herself 'in love' with Sean, but their relationship fizzled out a few months after they struck up the romance. Have Your Say Get our free BREAKING NEWS email for Music News and Film News. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, Twitter and NEW Intagram page. Jewel: Sean Penn and I fell in

Jewel and Dolly Parton Reflect on Similar Childhoods in 'My Father's Daughter' [Listen] Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Folk-country singer-songwriter Jewel has been getting back in the saddle with music, and she's releasing a poignant duet with the one and only Dolly Parton as her new single, titled "My Father's Daughter." The ballad, written back in 2008, is a reflection on the artist's heritage and childhood. Jewel has been performing the song for years, but finally found a place for it on her new record Picking Up the Pieces, released Sept. 11. She says choosing Parton for the duet was easy, as the two share a common background and Parton had always been a hero for Jewel growing up. "When you grow up as a girl on a homestead with an outhouse, you don't have many heroes in the public eye. Dolly and Loretta [Lynn] were them, because they had outhouses and they had a similar lifestyle to me," Jewel explains to Time. "I loved their audacity. They were women who were so outspoken and they had no shame in being who they were. They were so ahead of their time, and I always thought it was quite heroic. So I asked [Dolly] to sing on the song, and I was pretty surprised she said yes. I'm tremendously honored." The singer was taken with Parton's charming demeanor upon arriving to the studio to record. "We got in the studio, she started at 8AM and was 10 minutes early and well-prepared and looked amazing and was sarcastic and witty and everything you would hope Dolly Parton would be," Jewel gushes. The full song can be heard in the video above. Picking Up the Pieces is intended to be a sort of bookend to Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, and stems from much of the hardship she has endured as of late, particularly after her divorce from her husband of six years in July of 2014. "I was going through a divorce, and looking at my entire person and saying, what is my essential self? I don't think there was an area of my life that wasn't touched,"

Jewel Says Ex-Husband Is 'Going to Get Blamed for a Lot of Songs' on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Saturday, September 12, 2015

Jewel knows without being told that when fans are listening to her new album Picking Up The Pieces, they are likely going to be connecting the emotional dots. "Yeah, that's probably going to happen," she said. "My ex-husband is going to get blamed for a lot of songs." While the singer says that some of the 14 tracks on the album were influenced by last year's divorce from rodeo star Ty Murray, quite a few of the songs on the disc were written years ago. She says that stems from the fact that her pen is always writing -- whether she's recording for an album or not. Jewel Talks Sexual Harassment in Music Industry: ... record," she said. "And it is in a lot of ways. I wrote some of it going through a divorce. Though I wrote 'Everything Breaks' 15 years ago, I felt everything I was going through when I sang it. But, a lot of them aren't written about him.... but some of them are."This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1997, Jewel Was 'Meant For' No. 1 And, the album is definitely full of emotion, from a duet with Rodney Crowell on "It Doesn't Hurt Right Now" to the stunning "Carnivore." The singer said that while preserving her inner muse was important, it was also a way to grow as a mother to her son Kase. "I realized after I had a child ... Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Journey, which will be released on Tuesday. She admitted that the creative process for the book was much different than writing a song or poem. "I wrote it three hours a day while my son was at school," she said with a laugh. "But, whatever it is about me, I will be thankful that if I sit down for three hours, I can do it effectively and then do it the next day. It wasn't until the last couple months that I buckled down and wrote six and eight hour days." Picking Up The Pieces is out now. Jewel Says Ex-Husband Is 'Going to Get Blamed for a Lot of Songs' on 'Picking Up the Pieces'

Jewel Previews New 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album in Nashville Saturday, September 12, 2015

Robert Benson, Getty Images Jewel delivered an understated, yet powerful performance in Nashville Thursday afternoon (Sept. 10), when she previewed selections from her latest album, Picking Up the Pieces, for a small group of journalists. The singer-songwriter is releasing the new project on Friday (Sept. 11), marking a return to the no-frills approach of her now-iconic 1995 debut, Pieces of You. She moved easily through a variety of styles and moods in her hour-long set, casually sharing stories from her life and career and breaking the serious mood by joking with those in attendance, warning ... not drinking and having random sex?" after her much-publicized divorce. "That would be easier" than what she has undertaken, she mused -- namely, a staunchly un-commercial folk album and a searingly honest new memoir, Never Broken. "I always knew I would do a record that had a similar spirit to my first one," Jewel tells Taste of Country after the performance. "Being mentored by Neil Young, seeing Harvest and Harvest Moon -- you were allowed to do that. You were allowed to dip in and out of different styles and come back to certain styles. I always felt that was in my future; it became apparent that ... what I needed to do and change in my life.""I always knew I would do a record that had a similar spirit to my first one." Part of that process was to produce herself for the first time, which only happened after Paul Worley was unavailable. "He backed out last minute, saying that I was the only one who could do it," Jewel recalls. "I thought he was saying that as a cop-out because he wanted to go take another job. He said, 'You're gonna thank me one day,' and I ended up thanking him in the liner notes. He was right -- I just needed a kick in the pants to do it." Jewel chose to record the new material as organically as possible, ... only overdubs. She collaborated with Rodney Crowell on "It Doesn't Hurt Right Now" and brought Dolly Parton in for a duet on an autobiographical track titled "My Father's Daughter." "As soon as she stepped into the vocal both, she said, 'Now honey, you don't be afraid to tell me what you need out of me,'" Jewel says, slipping into an endearing imitation of one of her own musical heroes. "'You just boss me around. And if you don't keep me honest, I brought someone that will.' She brought somebody with her that, if I wasn't gonna speak up if something didn't sound just right, he was gonna. It kind of empowered

Kip Moore Teaming Up With Jewel in the Studio Saturday, August 15, 2015

Love hangin & making music with my good bud @jewel... Insane talentA photo posted by kipmooremusic (@kipmooremusic) on Aug 3, 2015 at 4:22pm PDT It appears Kip Moore has been cooking up something in the studio lately with a buddy fans may recognize. His new record, Wild Ones, is set to come out in just a few short weeks, and he posted two photos on Instagram of himself and singer/songwriter Jewel working on some tunes together. Moore describes the "You Were Meant for Me" singer as a "good bud," and it's clear the musicians were having a blast working together.A photo posted by kipmooremusic (@kipmooremusic) on Aug 3, 2015 at 6:50pm PDT Though neither Wild Ones nor Jewel's upcoming record, Picking Up the Pieces, are set to feature a duet between the two, they have performed together in the past. The pair took the stage together at Nashville's Mother Church, the Ryman Auditorium, to sing Moore's yet-to-be-released tune, "Separate Ways." Moore's much-anticipated sophomore record is slated for release on Aug. 21, 2015 and features 13 original songs, all of which Moore co-wrote, including the lead-off single, "I'm to Blame." "Wild Ones really encompasses everything I've been through out on the road ... for the past couple years, to let them know the wait is nearly over." The 35-year-old has been on tour lately with Dierks Bentley as well as hitting some solo shows over the summer, not to mention dishing about his long-time crush (and apparently, future wife), Shania Twain. "I could dominate early Shania Twain music," Moore boasts. "I could get down with it. I just love her. That's my woman. I've never met her, but I will one day. We're supposed to meet."Is Kip Moore the Sexiest Male Star of 2015?Image of NEXT: Dierks Bentley Vows Payback for Kip Moore Prank Kip Moore Teaming Up With Jewel in the Studio

Jewel Is 'Picking up the Pieces' With Personal New Album Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sugar Hill Records Jewel is returning to her acoustic singer-songwriter roots with a new album that draws from the changes she's been through in her personal life over the last few years. Picking up the Pieces is Jewel's first singer-songwriter album in five years, and it returns the artist to the stripped-down acoustic sound and powerful, personal lyrics that defined her career-making Pieces of You album. The 41-year-old had plenty of experience to draw on for the record. In the last five years, she's given birth to a son, only to see her marriage dissolve. She decided to produce the new collection ... returning to a part of me that I didn't mean to lose, but with time and relationships and life and surviving and dealing, you take on new things and not all of them are great." Picking up the Pieces chronicles those highs and lows with songs like "Love Used to Be" and "Mercy," and Jewel also included unrecorded songs that are longtime live fan favorites like "Carnivore" and "Boy Needs a Bike." The album also includes "My Father's Daughter," a powerfully autobiographical collaboration with Dolly Parton. The result is an album that she hopes is not diluted. "I was trying to keep my mind quiet and honestly get back to something I feel like I'd lost touch with in my life," she states. "It was really an exercise in shutting out fear. I was giving myself permission to be exactly who and what I was." Picking up the Pieces is slated for release on Sept. 11 via Sugar Hill Records. It is currently available for pre-order online.The Biggest Stories of 2015 (So Far)Image of NEXT: Jewel Opens Up About Struggle With Agoraphobia Jewel Is 'Picking up the Pieces' With Personal New Album

Jewel Talks Public Housing, Homelessness & Miley Cyrus' VMAs Date Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's been almost 20 years since Jewel's iconic debut, Pieces of You, introduced the world to her singular talent. But the singer-songwriter hasn't forgotten her roots, and she's certainly never forgotten the struggles she endured while attempting to make her way in the world as an artist and human being. So it's fitting that Jewel has teamed up with ReThink, an initiative asking Americans to rethink their perceptions of public housing. In addition to releasing "Home To Me," a free song that finds her reflecting on the importance of a real home (you can stream it below and download it for free at ReThinkHousing.org), Jewel spoke with Billboard about a variety of topics, both public and personal. Jewel shares her thoughts on the misconceptions about public housing, her own experience with homelessness, why her upcoming album reminds her of her debut, and what she thinks about Miley Cyrus' formerly homeless VMAs date. It's not uncommon for someone to claim people in public housing units are just "lazy" or "coasting by." Why do you think some people look at it that way? It's a lack of education. People need to know how it happens and how it works. As a kid, my best friend in Anchorage grew up ... far are you into that album? I have 30 songs, so I'm actually trying to decide if I'm going to do a double record or whittle it down to 14. It reminds me a lot of my first record. It's very raw and genre-less in the way that Pieces of You was. It has heavy folk influence but there's country and pop-rock influences as well. But my hope is to keep it raw and unproduced -- I'm not looking at radio, I'm not looking at singles, I'm not focusing on genre, I'm not focusing on a label. I'm going to go completely independent on it and release a record I love. Jewel Talks Public Housing, Homelessness & Miley Cyrus' VMAs Date

Hear Jewel's Free Song to Support Public Housing Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jewel is planning an album for release next fall. But for now, she's giving away her latest song for free.Jewel Recording 'Pieces of You'-Inspired Album The once-homeless singer-songwriter wrote "Home to Me" to support the ReThink public housing initiative. She unveiled the track online and performed it in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Sept. 16) for an intimate audience of public housing administrators and residents.Jewel crowd-sourced further inspiration for the song through an online contest that drew hundreds of essays and poems about what home means. She chose the title of the track from one of the submitted compositions.The 40-year-old entertainer has been busy since announcing her impending divorce from husband Ty Murray in July. She's written 30 songs for a new album and is working on a memoir. Hear Jewel's Free Song to Support Public Housing

Jewel and Husband Ty Murray to Divorce Monday, July 7, 2014

Singer/songwriter Jewel and her husband of 16 years, rodeo star Ty Murray, are divorcing. Jewel made the announcement last week in an open letter she and Murray wrote to their fans, which she posted on her website. "Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together," she wrote. "For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather ... desire to damage ourselves and each other in the process. Who better than each other to bear witness to the heartache of redefining our family? And who better as ally, while we learn to redraw ourselves in whatever new shape we find as separate people who are still staving to be the best versions of ourselves--as humans and as parents." The letter was signed by both parties, followed with a request for their privacy to be honored during this difficult time while they continue with the process. Jewel and Murray wed in 2008 and have one child together, a son, Kase. Jewel and Husband Ty Murray to Divorce

Jewel and Ty Murray Spend Fourth of July Together Following Divorce Announcement Monday, July 7, 2014

Despite recently announcing their impending divorce, Jewel and husband Ty Murray spent the Fourth of July holiday with their two-year-old son, Kase ... together. Just two days after announcing the news of their separation on her personal website, Jewel took to her Instagram account to show that they'll still be a family even though she and Murray have split. The three spent their holiday weekend together in Colorado -- and they all looked pretty happy! "Happy fourth everyone! @typbr Kase & I enjoyed the parade here in CO. Send pics of your weekend!" she captioned the family photo. Jewel was all ... holding her son. She wore a tied up button down shirt and shorts, while Kase, who may be a little camera shy, sported blue pants and a red, white and blue button down on America's birthday. Murray opted to wear blue, but doesn't appear to be wearing his wedding band in the photo. In announcing her divorce, Jewel explains that since her life is so public, she wanted to be the first to share the news, instead of the tabloids. She and Murray have been together for 16 years and have been married for almost six. The photo proves that although the news is fresh, they still plan on remaining a family and raising their son together. "Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son," she expresses in the website post. Adds the singer, "Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents- as we wish only what is best for our son."Surprising Facts About Women in Country Music Next: Jewel Opens Up About Agoraphobia Battle Jewel and Ty Murray Spend Fourth of July Together Following Divorce Announcement

Jewel and Husband Ty Murray Divorcing Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Ethan Miller, Getty Images Jewel and her husband, rodeo star Ty Murray, are divorcing after being married for nearly six years and together for 16. The singer shared the news on her website on Wednesday (July 2). "Dear World," a letter at her blog starts, "It is infinitely strange to write those words, especially considering the personal nature of the topic, which is the purpose of my writing today. But the truth is I have lived my life in the public eye since I was nineteen. And while it is intimidating to live a life in the public, it has also been a privilege to make a living with my words, my thoughts, ... to be nothing less loving than the way we came together," the country singer explains. "For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather than malice." Jewel and Murray married in the Bahamas in 2008. They have one child, almost 3-year-old Kase Townes, together. In her blog entry, Jewel explains why she decided to announce the news on her personal site. "I share all this with you because I wanted you to hear it from us, instead of the tabloids," she ... marriage, but also as we recreate ourselves in the ashes -- for from all death we trust a phoenix rises." She also reveals that she and Murray are still planning on raising Kase together. "Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son," she says. "Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents- as we wish only what is best for our son."Next: Jewel Opens Up About Battle With Agoraphobia Jewel and Husband Ty Murray Divorcing

Jewel splits from husband Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Printable version Jewel and her husband Ty Murray have separated. The 40-year-old singer has been married to the rodeo star for nearly six years and together for sixteen. But she announced on Wednesday via her blog that they have parted ways. 'I have lived my life in the public eye since I was nineteen. And while it is intimidating to live a life in the public, it has also been a privilege to make a living with my words, my thoughts, my feelings," she wrote. "Which brings me to this highly personal announcement today. My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce. Ty and I ... we are to each other with love rather than malice." Such an amicable parting means the former spouses are able to focus on Kase. "Lastly, a message from us both," she concluded. "Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son. Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents." Have Your Say Get our free BREAKING NEWS email for Music News and Film News. And subscribe to our YouTube channel now! Jewel splits from husband

Jewel's Nineties flashback record Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Printable version Jewel is creating a companion record to her debut album. The 39-year-old released her first solo LP Pieces of Me, which featured timeless single You Were Meant for Me, in 1995 to great critical acclaim. And the folk crooner reveals she is currently working on new music that hearkens back to her Nineties heyday. 'I wanted to create a companion album to my first record, Pieces of You. I have spent the past few months recording and writing the material and really letting it come to life on its own-letting the songs be what they become and not forcing anything,' she told America's OK! ... radio, just great stories and moments captured in a live studio setting that came from songs that I have written that move me. I also recorded a live acoustic concert in Nashville as well. The record will be a combination of the two live recordings, much like pieces was for me in the very beginning.' Jewel went on to explain she is paying homage in new songs to a number of genres that have influenced her over the years. But she doesn't know exactly when fans will be hearing fresh singles. 'It's folk, country, and everything in between,' she detailed. 'Not sure [when the first single will reach fans]! We are hoping to have the album released in the spring of 2015.' Jewel is mother to two-year-old son Kase with her rodeo cowboy husband Ty Murray. She and her family live on a ranch together in Texas. Have Your Say Get our free BREAKING NEWS email for Music News and Film News. And subscribe to our YouTube channel now! Jewel's Nineties flashback record

Jewel's Nineties flashback record Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Printable version Jewel is creating a companion record to her debut album. The 39-year-old released her first solo LP Pieces of Me, which featured timeless single You Were Meant for Me, in 1995 to great critical acclaim. And the folk crooner reveals she is currently working on new music that hearkens back to her Nineties heyday. 'I wanted to create a companion album to my first record, Pieces of You. I have spent the past few months recording and writing the material and really letting it come to life on its own-letting the songs be what they become and not forcing anything,' she told America's OK! ... radio, just great stories and moments captured in a live studio setting that came from songs that I have written that move me. I also recorded a live acoustic concert in Nashville as well. The record will be a combination of the two live recordings, much like pieces was for me in the very beginning.' Jewel went on to explain she is paying homage in new songs to a number of genres that have influenced her over the years. But she doesn't know exactly when fans will be hearing fresh singles. 'It's folk, country, and everything in between,' she detailed. 'Not sure [when the first single will reach fans]! We are hoping to have the album released in the spring of 2015.' Jewel is mother to two-year-old son Kase with her rodeo cowboy husband Ty Murray. She and her family live on a ranch together in Texas. Have Your Say Get our free BREAKING NEWS email for Music News and Film News. And subscribe to our YouTube channel now! Jewel's Nineties flashback record

Jewel Recording 'Pieces'-Inspired Album Thursday, March 6, 2014

Jewel launches a crowdfunding campaign to bring fans to Nashville to watch her "make a record that is really pure and me" ... The singer-songwriter also tells Billboard she's writing an autobiography Jewel's next album will be a companion piece to her 12-times platinum 1995 debut "Pieces of You," "kind of like 'Harvest' and 'Harvest Moon' were for Neil (Young)," she tells Billboard."Pieces," produced by the late Ben Keith and recorded at Young's Northern California ranch, mixed live-on-the-floor band tracks with solo recordings by Jewel and also solo performances in front of an audience, which can be heard, subtly, on several of the songs. Jewel is pursuing the new album the same way, producing it herself with plans to include some songs she'll play in front of her Every Day Angels fan community on March 21 at The Standard in Nashville."I've just always sung better live," says Jewel, who's also recording at the famed RCA A studio in Nashville. "There's certain songs that, when I do them in front of an audience it brings out an emotion in me that I don't get just sitting in a studio."She's currently "sifting" through about 40 songs -- including "Carnivore, "Everything Breaks," "Passing

Jewel Opens Up About Past Struggle With Agoraphobia Monday, March 3, 2014

Jason Merritt, Getty Images Jewel is opening up about her personal struggle with an anxiety disorder that could have really affected her career. The 39-year-old mother of one says she struggled with agoraphobia when she was homeless as a teenager. Jewel truly did go rags-to-riches, and it's widely known she even spent some time living out of her car. During this time, the then-teen singer developed agoraphobia, which gave her a fear of being around others. "By the time I was homeless, I was crippled by agoraphobia, which is hard when you don't have a home, but in my car," Jewel describes (quote via ... realized I was going to succumb unless I learned how to control my fear and I really focused on how to do that, how to change my thoughts," she says. "And it started with daily learning how to change my fear into excitement and into enthusiasm. That's how I started to work myself out of my car." Jewel credits songwriting for helping her through the difficult time. "I was writing about it," she shares of how she overcame. "Then I started singing in front of people and telling them my worst fears, and then my life changed because I started letting people -- I felt less alone for the first time because I let myself be seen, really, for the first time -- all my good, bad and ugly. And people accepted me because they felt seen, because we're all the same." Jewel is currently working on a new album, one that she says will be "raw" and, hopefully, for sale in the summer of 2014.Next: David Nail Admits a Battle With Depression Jewel Opens Up About Past Struggle With Agoraphobia