Asked about her rough road to success, Jewel said she'd actually worked hardest on being happy: "It was a serious goal for me from a young age. I knew, when I moved out at 15, I was gonna be a statistic. I knew I was at risk of marrying a drug addict, being in an abusive relationship, and probably dying in a ditch somewhere. … I've loved my music career, but I'm most proud of my happiness."
Jewel remembered being homeless and showering at a makeshift brothel called Diamonds in the Buff: "They told me I should strip. If I was skinnier, I would've tried it." A short time later, she was discovered--and the whole music industry came knocking, including Tommy Mottola: "I just didn't vibe with him. He struck me as kind of a slick guy." Before leaving, Jewel did Howard the honor of performing her first and biggest hit, 'Who Will Save Your Soul?