Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m., the Sheridan Opera House hosts an evening with the acclaimed singer-songwriter Jewel. Jewel and her husband, World Champion Rodeo Cowboy Ty Murray, are spending the summer in Telluride and she jumped at the opportunity to perform on the historic Opera House stage in support of the amazing community she has found here.
This special one-night only show benefits the Sheridan Arts Foundation, the non-profit which owns and operates the historic Sheridan Opera House, as well as Jewel’s initiative: Project Clean Water.
Jewel founded Project Clean Water in 1997. Having experienced homelessness as a teenager, Jewel became ill and couldn’t afford to buy the bottled water she needed for her sick kidneys. She then realized how difficult it was to obtain clean water in the United States and discovered access to clean drinking water was also a huge problem globally. She has been relentless in her efforts to bring safe water to those in need and create awareness of clean water shortages around the world.
Jewel is a three-time Grammy nominee known for such hits as “You Were Meant for Me,” “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “Hands.” Seven years ago, she played the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Hailed by the New York Times as a “songwriter bursting with talents,” Jewel has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Whether alone with her guitar or fronting a band of ace musicians, Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
After years of success as a singer-songwriter and, with more than 27 million albums sold, Jewel returned to her roots with the release of her debut country album Perfectly Clear in June 2008, which won a No. 1 spot on the Billboard country album charts. Shortly after Perfectly Clear came out, Jewel released Lullaby, her first ever independent recording and first children’s album. Last year Jewel and her husband Ty welcomed baby Kase Townes into the world and shortly after his birth, she released a second children’s album, The Merry Goes Round, written during her pregnancy and inspired by Kase. The album was named iTunes’ Children’s Album of the Year in 2011.
Jewel’s show is a seats-in solo performance. Tickets were $35 for reserved seats or $60 for VIP patron seats.