JEWEL SHARES PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE VERSION OF ANGEL STANDING BY
FROM THE SPECIAL 25th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE
OF HER LANDMARK DEBUT LP PIECES OF YOU
DUE OUT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
TICKETS TO JEWEL’S PIECES OF YOU LIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT ON RELEASE DAY CAN BE PURCHASED HERE
Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – Leading up the 25th anniversary reissue of her 12x platinum-selling debut album, Pieces of You, Jewel has debuted a previously unreleased live version of Angel Standing By. The song is the 13th track on the GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter’s 1995 breakthrough LP, and this live rendition captures Jewel’s magnetic spirit and ethereal vocals that have been long-adored by fans for over two decades. On Angel Standing By (Live), the audience’s enthusiasm for the young musician is palpable. “She was so sincere on stage” remarks Jewel’s frequent collaborator, Steve Poltz. “I saw her opening solo, in a t-shirt and barefoot, for all these goths, and I would watch men crying, with their make-up streaming down their face. She was so pure it was undeniable.” Stream or download the new edition of this beloved Jewel song here.
"I wrote Angel Standing By when I was 16,” Jewel says about the song. “I had moved out on my own earlier that year and started having panic attacks. I was very frightened and lonely. I imagined everything I wished someone was telling me and made it into a lullaby to soothe myself at night before bed.”
The much-anticipated reissue of Pieces of You is due out on Friday, November 20 via Craft Recordings, along with a companion Pieces of You LIVE virtual concert on release day – marking the first ever where Jewel will play the album from front to back. Tickets are available for purchase here, along with a VIP package for the show, which includes an exclusive Q&A with Jewel and access to performances of songs not included in the original set. VIP ticket proceeds will be donated to Jewel’s Las Vegas-based non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation, and Voices of Hwǫłdzil (Resilience) - Adabi Healing Center, a community-based domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention and prevention program in the Chinle Agency and surrounding areas of the Navajo Nation.
The digital version of the album will be available in time with the physical formats, offering the complete audio content from the 4-CD box set release. Additionally, for Record Store Day’s Black Friday Event (November 27), Jewel will be unveiling a limited edition, Live At the Inner Change, double-LP – captured at the eponymous coffee house in San Diego where she first earned her performance stripes. This previously unreleased live performance from 1994 offers fans a chance to hear Jewel nearly two years before becoming an international sensation. For more information and for a full list of participating retailers, visit recordstoreday.com.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewel has been leading the conversation about the silent symptoms of the virus such as anxiety, depression, and isolation, as well as the importance of mental hygiene. Her voice in this space has helped build community and connection for those who need it most. In May, Jewel held A Moment of Calm with The New York Times – leading listeners in a guided meditation and sharing her personal experiences with mental health issues to help others. In August, she also participated in a TIME For Health Talks with psychiatrist Dr. Blaise Aguirre about making mental health a priority.
Jewel went from a girl who grew up with no running water on an Alaskan homestead, to a homeless teenager in San Diego, to an award winning, multi-platinum recording artist who released one of the best-selling debuts of all time. Through her career Jewel has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has earned 26 nominations for such awards as the GRAMMY®s, American Music Awards, MTV Awards, VH1 Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Country Music Awards, winning eight times. Jewel has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, has performed on Saturday Night Live, at the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals, for the Pope and the President of the United States. She has experimented with several genres over her career with top hits in Folk, Pop, Club, Country, Standards, Children's and Holiday music.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewel has been leading the conversation around mental health, helping people tackle the silent symptoms of COVID-19—anxiety, depression, and isolation—to build community and connection for those who need it most. For more than 18 years, Jewel’s non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation has helped at-risk youth cope with the same silent symptoms we are now seeing in the pandemic. Growing up in Alaska where she was indoors for eight months out of the year, she knows about isolation. After moving out at 15 due to an abusive household and suffering from debilitating panic attacks, Jewel became homeless by the age of 18 and developed agoraphobia, the fear of leaving one’s home, a condition that experts worry some people will develop in the post-COVID-19 era. Mental health has been a significant passion of hers since being a homeless teenager with little access to resources. During that time, she began to develop a set of tools to rewire her brain and create new emotional patterns that were later validated by neuroscientist and associate professor in psychiatry at Brown University, Dr. Judson Brewer. After learning meditation and discovering and innovating her own mindfulness practices, Jewel was able to heal symptoms of her depression and go from surviving to thriving. These are the same tools she uses to help at-risk youth through her charity and the same tools she is offering online for free.