Jewel to Host New Show ‘Platinum Hit,’ Which Debuts on May 30
In the midst of planning for her first child, who's due next January, Jewel has a new gig. She will be hosting the upcoming series 'Platinum Hit' on Bravo. It will be the first musical reality series to center around not the songwriter rather than the singer. Jewel is a hit songwriter herself, and she admits, if a singer doesn't have the "right song, you'll never hear them."
'Platinum Hit' will let us take a peek into the world of collaborative song writing, so viewers can actually watch the entire process. The writers include artists from many genres, including country, R&B and even rap. Through the course of the show, each writer will become more well rounded, learning how to write a hit in any genre. Jewel says, "I'm really excited to not only help mentor these contestants and help make them better songwriters, but I'm excited to share my passion with an audience and let them into a world that they might not know anything about."
In 2008, Jewel was signed along with John Rich to be a judge on the now defunct musical reality series 'Nashville Star.' The show introduced us to Miranda Lambert and Chris Young, and it gave Jewel a taste of being on the other side of the music business.
Guest judges announced for 'Platinum Hit' so far include head judge Kara DioGuardi, along with Donna Summer, Taio Cruz, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Jermaine Dupri and Ryan Tedder.
"I didn't start writing songs until I was about 16,' Jewel shares. "I learned to pay guitar so I could hitchhike through Mexico. I learned four chords. I learned A minor, C, G and D, in that order. I couldn't go out of order, 'cause I didn't know how. And I got on a train in Michigan, where I was going to school and I hobo-ed and just sort of street sang across the country."
The singer says, "I ended up writing my first song. That for me set the stage for me being a songwriter because once I did pick up the guitar, I tried to put stories to melody." 'Platinum Hit' debuts May 30 at 10PM ET on Bravo. The winner will get $100,000, a recording contract with RCA/Jive and a publishing deal with Sony.
Watch Jewel Talk About Songwriting in a 'Platinum Hit' Preview Clip