The last time we saw Jewel — in June at DTE Energy Music Theatre — she had a full band in tow. But when she takes the stage Saturday at the Emerald Theatre, it will be in a more unadorned fashion.
“On every record, I like to do half the tour with a band and then half the tour solo,” says Jewel, 32, who was born Jewel Kilcher in Utah and studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy as a teenager.
“Being solo’s a great experience because I don’t have to write a set list. I can just walk out on stage and take requests and make every show different each night. I love to tailor the show to the crowd, ’cause every crowd’s so different.”
And, Jewel notes, her fans also have proven helpful over the years.
“I have probably 500 songs in my catalog over the years, since I was 18, and they’ve been sort of cataloging them,” she says. “They really request a lot of obscure stuff, and they got so tired of me not knowing some of these songs I’ve written that they’ll bring the lyrics to me so I’ve got no excuse to play them.
“So now I’ve got this big lyric book put together with all these songs that fans have compiled so I can sing them. It’s pretty cool.”
Jewel will have some new songs for her fans in the coming years. After selling 27 million copies worldwide of her six albums, her deal has run out with Atlantic Records and she doesn’t plan to renew. Instead she’ll wait to see what she comes up with next — options include an “old-timey” country album, a collection of lullabies and set of original songs written in the style of Cole Porter and other American pop standards — and then decide how she wants to release it.
“The industry’s changed so much,” Jewel says. “It’s a lot harder for (labels) to make their bottom lines, and I think they’re trying to ... make their money in different ways. And the artist is going to suffer for it.
“So I want to wait and see what the environment is like before I do anything else.”
Jewel and Steve Poltz perform Saturday (November 25th) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $43 advance, $48 day of show. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www. emeraldtheatre.com.
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