PICS: Jewel at San Diego Civic Theatre

Jewel played a special holiday show for a rapturous sold-out crowd at San Diego Civic Theatre on Monday, Dec. 4.

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Always a welcome sight in San Diego, Jewel (born Jewel Kilcher) brought her Handmade Holiday Tour through town, which features her performing holiday classics alongside original songs from her catalog.
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“With this Handmade Holiday Tour, I am so honored to share some of the traditions I was raised with in Alaska on our family homestead,” Jewel said in a recent press release. “Building memories by sharing handmade moments. Creating unique gifts and sharing songs is a Kilcher family tradition we can’t wait to share with others on this tour.”
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Aside from her singing and songwriting talents, she's also an accomplished guitarist, producer, actress, author and poet. She's received four Grammy Award nominations, and has sold over 27 million albums worldwide.
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Local lore has Jewel living out of her car in the mid-'90s, traveling the country and performing on the street and at small gigs. She gained recognition by singing at the Inner Change Cafe and Java Joe's. She made her Java Joe's debut when the coffeeshop was still located in Poway -- and while she was working as barista there.
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She soon became friends with Steve Poltz, of the Rugburns fame -- and they would play the same venues. She eventually collaborated with Poltz on some songs, including her soon-to-be smash hit, "You Were Meant For Me."
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After signing with Atlantic Records, Jewel released her debut album, "Pieces of You," in 1995, when she was only 21. Aside from "You Were Meant For Me," the album spawned the hits "Who Will Save Your Soul," and "Foolish Games." It went on to sell over 12 million copies since.
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She followed up "Pieces of You" with the album "Spirit," which contained the hit single "Hands." Since then, she has released 11 more studio albums, with 2015's "Picking Up the Pieces" as her latest.
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Jewel's Dec. 4 show featured a 13-song set list: "Joy to the World," "The Christmas Song," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "O Holy Night," "Hands," "You Were Meant For Me," "Foolish Games," "Who Will Save Your Soul"...
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Followed by "Homestead Yodeling Christmas" (with Atz Kilcher), "My Father's Daughter," "Silent Night" (with Atz Lee Kilcher), "White Christmas," and "Let It Snow" (with Nikos, Atz Lee and Atz Kilcher).
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