The book, along with a volume of poetry, is due to hit stores next fall. That's about the same time the acclaimed singer-songwriter is scheduled to release her highly anticipated follow-up to Pieces of You, her 1995 debut recording, which has logged nearly 90 weeks on Billboard's Top 200 album chart.
The prospect of a Jewel autobiography sparked a bidding war among publishing companies last week, according to Thursday's New York Post. Eight imprints put in bids, with giant HarperCollins prevailing. (Consider that Elton John hasn't found any takers yet on his proposed memoirs and the deal's all the more impressive. Of course, John is seeking between $12 and $15 million--he's got about 30 more years to chronicle.)
With the book deal, Jewel joins the select likes of ex-Playmate Jenny McCarthy (Jen X) and baseball player Lenny Dykstra (Nails)--all authors who committed their life stories to print before their 25th birthdays.
In fact, when Jewel's autobiography--a combo memoir and scrapbook--is published next fall, the one-named entertainer will be all of 24.
To be fair, the million-selling performer has packed a lot into her two-decades-plus-a-little-more. Born Jewel Kilcher on May 23, 1974, in Homer, Alaska, the future on-tour partner of the Beach Boys and Belly spent her early years on a 800-acre homestead that was positively Gilligan's Island when it came to accommodations (no TV, no shower, no indoor plumbing).
The daughter of singers, Jewel began performing on stage at age 6, and started to perfect her hidden vocal weapon: yodeling. In the early '90s, she docked in San Diego, where after a series of low-wage, low-self-esteem jobs, she quit the work-a-day world, moved into her van and started performing at a local coffeehouse.
Add into the mix a rumored romance with Sean Penn (she contributed a song to the soundtrack of The Crossing Guard), and you've got fodder for a plucky, up-by-the-bootstraps Jackie Collins heroine. In fact, we can see the title of her book now: Jewel. Just Jewel.