Jewel Takes Up For Radio
September 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM (PT)
VALORY MUSIC Co./NASHVILLE artist JEWEL told NBC-TV's "The Today Show," this MORNING (9/30) that radio airplay was responsible for her big break.
"I was homeless for about a year and I went back to singing, 'cause that's what I grew up doing with my dad as a child. We made our money by bar-singing. So I was looking for a place to sing, and it was my own material. And after about a year of being homeless and doing that, a radio station played one of my songs on the air -- a bootleg. I didn't have any demos. I wasn't trying to get signed. But a record label heard it, and all the sudden it was like being Cinderella. Limousines started showing up," said JEWEL.
This was not the first time that the artist has gone to bat for radio, she often cites radio while doing television, newspaper and magazine interviews.
While JEWEL was judging "Nashville Star," over the summer she had this advice for the contestants: "I love a strong radio hit. All of us. That's what our job is, to have a radio hit. Without radio, we couldn't do what we do, but the job is to have a radio hit that sounds unique, and like you,"
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