JEWEL UNVEILS RACE CAR DRIVER (OUTTAKE) FROM 25th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF PIECES OF YOU OUT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 VIA CRAFT RECORDINGS
PIECES OF YOU LIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT
TO TAKE PLACE ON RELEASE DAY – THE FIRST TIME EVER
THAT JEWEL WILL PERFORM THE LP FROM FRONT TO BACK
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
Toronto, ON – October 30, 2020 – GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling author, actress, poet, philanthropist, and mental health expert, Jewel, today unveiled a previously unreleased outtake of Race Car Driver from the forthcoming 25th anniversary reissue of her breakthrough debut album, Pieces of You – out Friday, November 20 via Craft Recordings. Stream or download the track here. The much-anticipated re-release will also be followed by a Live at the Inner Change LP for Record Store Day’s 2020 Black Friday Event (November 27). Pre-order the Pieces of You reissue here, and please visit recordstoreday.com for more information regarding Live at the Inner Change.
The tracks collected on the Pieces of You limited-edition box set provide insight into the vision that led to Jewel’s breakthrough and subsequently supported a successful career for twenty-five years. “I knew it was going to be a slow process, but I also saw a change in the zeitgeist,” Jewel recalls of that time in her career. “Grunge was a tectonic shift in the culture, but you can’t live in cynicism forever. The culture was in pain, but then what? And I happened to be a little ahead of that curve in my own life.”
“Growing up on a farm, I know that nothing sustains forever,” Jewel adds. “Everything has a season and goes fallow. My fan base was never a pop fan base; they support me through ups and downs. That required making some bold decisions, but it’s what I have and I’m proud of that.”
Also available will be Deluxe 2-CD and 4-LP editions of the reissue, and the 25th anniversary digital album will be available in time with the physical formats, offering the complete audio content from the 4-CD box set release.
To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous album, Jewel will be holding a Pieces of You LIVE virtual concert on release day. This concert is a special milestone in Jewel’s career, as it marks the first ever live performance of the record in its entirety from front to back. Tickets can be purchased on Jewel’s official webstore here. A VIP package for the show is available as well – featuring an exclusive Q&A with Jewel and access to performances of songs not included in the original set. Proceeds from the VIP tickets will be donated to Jewel’s Las Vegas-based non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation, and Voices of Hwǫłdzil (Resilience) - Adabi Healing Center, a community-based domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention and prevention program in the Chinle Agency and surrounding areas of the Navajo Nation.
Jewel recently spoke to The New York Times about her activism in the mental health space and the defining, formative moments in the early days of her career. She was also a guest on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time to discuss the importance of our mental hygiene and the work she's been doing with the Inspiring Children Foundation for nearly two decades. In May, Jewel also appeared on CBS Sunday Morning to talk about the importance of gratitude during this challenging period of isolation.
Jewel went from a girl who grew up with no running water on an Alaskan homestead, to a homeless teenager in San Diego, to an award winning, multi-platinum recording artist who released one of the best-selling debuts of all time. Through her career Jewel has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has earned 26 nominations for such awards as the GRAMMY®s, American Music Awards, MTV Awards, VH1 Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Country Music Awards, winning eight times. Jewel has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, has performed on Saturday Night Live, at the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals, for the Pope and the President of the United States. She has experimented with several genres over her career with top hits in Folk, Pop, Club, Country, Standards, Children's and Holiday music.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewel has been leading the conversation around mental health, helping people tackle the silent symptoms of COVID-19—anxiety, depression, and isolation—to build community and connection for those who need it most. For more than 18 years, Jewel’s non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation has helped at-risk youth cope with the same silent symptoms we are now seeing in the pandemic. Growing up in Alaska where she was indoors for eight months out of the year, she knows about isolation. After moving out at 15 due to an abusive household and suffering from debilitating panic attacks, Jewel became homeless by the age of 18 and developed agoraphobia, the fear of leaving one’s home, a condition that experts worry some people will develop in the post-COVID-19 era. Mental health has been a significant passion of hers since being a homeless teenager with little access to resources. During that time, she began to develop a set of tools to rewire her brain and create new emotional patterns that were later validated by neuroscientist and associate professor in psychiatry at Brown University, Dr. Judson Brewer. After learning meditation and discovering and innovating her own mindfulness practices, Jewel was able to heal symptoms of her depression and go from surviving to thriving. These are the same tools she uses to help at-risk youth through her charity and the same tools she is offering online for free.