Jewel will headline Salmonfest in August

Jewel Kilcher will headline the 2017 Salmonfest, which takes place Aug. 4-6 in Ninilchik, the festival announced Monday.

The country, folk and pop singer-songwriter was raised in Homer. Her family, the Kilchers, is followed on The Discovery Channel's "Alaska: The Last Frontier."

The Grammy-nominated artist has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Jewel's latest album is 2015's "Picking Up the Pieces." She rose to stardom in 1995 with her debut album "Pieces of You," which featured the hits "Who Will Save Your Soul?" "Foolish Games" and  "You Were Meant for Me."

Jewel's experience as a performing musician started in Anchorage, she told the ADN in a 2009 interview. The Hotel Captain Cook was her first singing venue. Her parents performed in a dinner show, and 6-year-old Jewel eventually joined them. 

"That's when I kind of started getting up and yodeling," Jewel said. "I don't think we had stars in our eyes or anything, that I was going to go on and make records and things like that — it was just a really great job."

Also an author, poet and actress, Jewel's most recent book is the memoir "Never Broken." She stars in Hallmark Movies and Mysteries' "Fixer Upper Mystery" series and played June Carter Cash in the TV movie "Ring of Fire."

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Tamara Ikenberg

Tamara Ikenberg is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News.