Jewel Kilcher's rags-to-riches tale has been told time and time again. After growing up in the Alaskan wilderness with no indoor plumbing, she was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied voice and learned to play guitar. From there, she began playing and singing at coffee houses and street fairs, traveling and living in her van. She began to gain a following while playing at a coffee shop on Thursday nights in San Diego, and after an executive from Atlantic Records heard her in the summer of 1994, her entire career changed. Her first album, "Pieces of You", was released in 1995, and became one of the best-selling albums ever. It sold 15 million copies and remained on the Billboard 200 for two years. She has since released six more albums, all of which have been moderately successful. She also met, and married, pro rodeo cowboy, Ty Murray, and the pair gave birth to a son in the summer of 2011. She recently resurfaced after a period away from the spotlight, when it was announced that she would portray June Carter Cash in a new biopic that is being produced by the Lifetime Network. Back in January of 2011, when she and her husband were planning for the arrival of their firstborn, the couple purchased a stunning ranch in Texas.
Jewel's house in Texas is actually a 2,200 acre cattle ranch, where she and her husband both work and relax. Their home features hardwood walls and floors, lots of funky knicks-knacks and personal touches, a home recording studio for her, and a massive paddock for livestock. A river criss-crosses their property, and they also have a 230-acre lake, and nine ponds. Jewel's house is, in many ways, the antithesis of the lifestyle she and her husband lead while on the road in their prospective careers. With ample indoor plumbing, and literally miles of land for horseback riding and exploring, Jewel's house is as far from her childhood home as can be.