The Grammy nominated songstress made it ‘the old fashioned way,’ but she tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that shows like ‘The X Factor’ are good for the music business.
Despite having come up the hard way, Jewel, 38 – who briefly lived in her car during the early struggles of her career – doesn’t begrudge new artists who have found quick success on shows like The X Factor. She talked to Hollywoodlife.com, EXCLUSIVELY, at the Oct. 10 premiere of Seven Pyschopaths, hosted by The Cinema Society with Hugo Boss and Appleton Estate.
In fact, the singer feels like these contests have exposed audiences to unconventional artists who might not have had a chance otherwise.
“It’s good for the industry. It reminds [everyone] that people care about singing – and even a show like America’s Got Talent or The Voice – lets you know that the way you look doesn’t always matter to the American consumer. It’s still very hard for a record label to understand – and I think those shows remind them of that.”
Some have criticized these competitions as glorified karaoke contests that offer overnight success for artists lacking the chops of singers who broke into music more organically. Jewel doesn’t see it that way.
“I’m amazed those kids can go from singing in their living rooms to singing with such pressure overnight. I got to grow up the old fashioned way and get used to it slowly and I give them a lot of respect for being able to handle that - and for someone like Carrie Underwood to then take that to a career, it takes a lot.”
For Jewel, there’s no such things as a free ride in the music business.
“I’m not a hater on the quick path. There’s no quick path . . . Nothing’s handed to you. And if it was easy, every single winner would be famous and they would have a career. The reason they don’t is because it’s hard and it’s rare and so any way a person can get it, I’m happy for them.”
Artists supporting artists. Jewel positively sparkled at last night’s premiere as she voiced her support for her fellow musicians.
Bonus: Attendees at the super exclusive after-party at New York’s No. 8 club sipped on Appleton Estate cocktails as they mulled over the super violent noir comedy, Seven Psychopaths. The movie hits theaters Oct. 12.
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