CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Music fans know her as Jewel.
She was born as Jewel Kilcher in 1974 and started her music career as the age of six.
At age 15, Jewel made a big career jump; she began performing as a solo act and won a vocal scholarship to Interlochen, a private school in Michigan dedicated to the arts.
While there, she began writing songs and took up the guitar.
Jewel later moved to San Diego to live with her mother, and eventually branched out on her own, ending up living in a van for a time as she tried to make it as a performer.
She was discovered by a music manager and record company representatives, who were impressed with her raw talent.
Jewel signed a deal with Atlantic Records in 1994. The following year, Jewel's first album Pieces of You was released, but it wasn't until 1996 that the album really took off.
In the meantime, she toured constantly to promote her music, serving as the opening act for two musical legends: Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
Jewels’s single "Who Will Save Your Soul" became a huge hit, climbing to No. 11 on Billboard's Top 100 chart.
Two other songs from Pieces of You, "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games," were also well-received. With its folk and pop sensibility, the album went on to sell around 11 million copies.
This morning’s guest on Larry’s Look was Jewel, who’s now one of the judges on NBC’s “The Sing Off”, a competition featuring a cappella groups.
She talked about her involvement with the show and how much fun she’s had, working alongside Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman, and host Nick Lachey.