Jewel returns to her Country music roots

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 1:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 1:31 p.m.

Jewel may have turned the heads of country fans with the release of "Pefectly Clear," the singer's seventh release that seemed to position her more toward country charts and away from the pop.

The album scored two country hits, "Stronger Woman" and "I Do," and it even debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's country album chart. But the singer, who opens for Brad Paisley tonight at the O'Connell Center, sees the album more as a return to her country roots rather than a shift in styles.

"I started writing country music when I was about 16 and some of these songs date back to them," Jewel said recently on CBS's "The Early Show."

"My title track, 'Perfectly Clear' I wrote when I was 18. It talks a lot about my roots. I was raised on a ranch in Alaska and my dad is a cowboy. So, I was finally able to incorporate my childhood into my music."

Born 34 years ago, Jewel first made her mark with such hit singles as 1996's "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "You Were Meant For Me," which introduced her to national audiences as a pop ingenue with soulful vocals.

But country was never far from her heart or her youth, which was spent was growing up on a farm.

"I am really proud," Jewel said. "I grew up eating my own food, we raised our own food and we had a garden."

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