10 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About Jewel

  
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Jewel has been in the music business for over two decades. She has received four Grammy nominations and has sold over 27 million albums worldwide. Her memoir, Never Broken, recently came out and it has got us thinking about all things Jewel. She’s not like your average celebrity, that’s for sure! Here are 10 shocking things that you didn’t know about the singer/songwriter/writer!’

10. Some Very Famous Mentors

Early on in her career, Jewel was a support act for Neil Young and Bob Dylan. Both men became her mentors. Dylan would go over Jewel’s lyrics with her every night and would give her books to read and music to listen to. When she considered changing her sound to get airplay, Young convinced her not to change a thing. Soon after, her song “You Were Meant For Me” took off on the radio.

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9. Living in Her Car

Pre-fame, Jewel was homeless. According to her, this was because she had refused her boss’ sexual advances, so he withheld her paycheck. She then moved into her car, but was so sick because of a kidney infection gone awry that she couldn’t hold down a job and couldn’t get medical help because she didn’t have insurance. She claims that she almost died in the parking lot of an emergency room because they wouldn’t admit her without insurance.

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