By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Media Services
July 6, 2011
Born in Utah and raised in Alaska, singer Jewel Kilcher, known professionally simply as Jewel, has put down roots in Texas with husband Ty Murray. She debuted in 1995 with her album "Pieces of You," which sold more than 15 million copies, thanks to her hits "Who Will Save Your Soul," "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games." Fittingly, she is the host of the Bravo singer-songwriter competition "Platinum Hit," where she also serves as one of the judges.
"When Ty and I decided we wanted to start a family, I knew I needed to concentrate on work that didn't require as much travel," said the 37-year-old entertainer. "So doing 'Platinum Hit' really worked out well. It's a lot of fun, and I don't want to pull punches. I'm not there to make myself look clever. I really want to try to be specific because I hate random advice that doesn't really say anything."
Jewel and Murray are expecting their first child later this year.
Q: What early memories do you have of traveling?
A: As a kid, we traveled by bush planes to Alaskan native villages. It would drop us off in the night, and dog sleds would pick us up in the village. I was probably about 6 or 7 years old.
Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?
A: I love the Bahamas. It's the perfect place to do things. My husband and I are pretty active. We snorkel, dive, Jet Ski.
Q: What's a fun way to travel?
A: We saw so many wonderful places when we took a long trip on our motorcycles from Texas to the border of Canada. It gave me back my love of traveling. I've traveled so much for my profession, and sometimes that can get a little tiring. But just getting to see all the small towns in America was very intriguing.
Q: What are some of your favorite cities?
A: As far as worldwide travel, I love Bangkok, Thailand. And the architecture in Barcelona, Spain, is amazing and really worth seeing.
Q: What are some of your favorite restaurants?
A: I like La Esquina (esquinanyc.com) in New York. In Dallas here there's a comfort food place called the Screen Door (screendoordallas.com) that uses gourmet ingredients. It's not light, but it's delicious. Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue in Martin City, Mo., (jackstackbbq.com) is really good. And there's a really good Italian restaurant called La Belle Vie (labellevie.us) in Minneapolis that has homemade pasta that's amazing.
Q: What was your most romantic vacation?
A: My husband rodeoed his whole life and traveled quite a bit, so sometimes he'd rather sit at home than take another trip. When we went to Italy, we went to Venice, Rome and Florence. It was a real vacation, but initially he was like, "Why do I want to go to Italy?" I said, "Because it's romantic!" And he said, "But I get turned on by you at the Circle K." (She laughed.) But he had a great time. It was wonderful.
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