Songs Are Only Half the Story
Blue Rider Press
On Sale: September 15, 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
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New York Times bestselling poet and multi-platinum
singer-songwriter Jewel explores her unconventional
upbringing and extraordinary life in an inspirational memoir
that covers her childhood to fame, marriage, and
When Jewelâ€™s first album, Pieces
of You, topped the charts in 1995, her emotional voice
and vulnerable performance were groundbreaking. Drawing
comparisons to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, a
singer-songwriter of her kind had not emerged in decades.
Now, with more than thirty million albums sold worldwide,
Jewel tells the story of her life, and the lessons learned
from her experience and her music.
Living on a homestead in Alaska, Jewel learned to
yodel at age five, and joined her parentsâ€™ entertainment
act, working in hotels, honky-tonks, and biker bars. Behind
a strong-willed family life with an emphasis on music and
artistic talent, however, there was also instability, abuse,
and trauma. At age fifteen, she moved out and tasked herself
with a mission: to see if she could avoid being the kind of
statistic that her past indicated for her future. Soon
after, she was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts
Academy in Michigan, and there she began writing her own
songs as a means of expressing herself and documenting her
journey to find happiness. Jewel was eighteen and homeless
in San Diego when a radio DJ aired a bootleg version of one
of her songs and it was requested into the top-ten
countdown, something unheard-of for an unsigned artist. By
the time she was twenty-one, her debut had gone
There is much more to
Jewelâ€™s story, though, one complicated by family legacies,
by crippling fear and insecurity, and by the extraordinary
circumstances in which she managed to flourish and find
happiness despite these obstacles. Along her road of
self-discovery, learning to redirect her fate, Jewel has
become an iconic singer and songwriter. In Never
Broken she reflects on how she survived, and how writing
songs, poetry, and prose has saved her life many times over.
She writes lyrically about the natural wonders of Alaska,
about pain and loss, about the healing power of motherhood,
and about discovering her own identity years after the
entire world had discovered the beauty of her songs.
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