A lot of fans know that Jewel is a part of the Kilcher clan, although she has never appeared on the popular hit series. She recently headed back to visit the family and posted to Instagram on July 3 that she and her adorable son, Kase, had made it to Homer, Alaska. This was the first time she was able to show her son around her hometown. Accompanying her comment is a video of the pair watching in amazement as a bull moose calmly grazes on the side of the road.
Throughout the next few days, Jewel and other members of the Kilcher family have been sharing several tweets, videos, and Instagram photos of her visit. In every photo, Jewel and her family look very happy to be together as they go horseback riding, bear watching, fishing, and more.
Jewel also spent some time in Homer watching her brothers, Atz Lee and Nikos, perform. Jewel comes from a very talented and musical family. Her grandmother, Ruth, was a trained classical singer, and she taught all eight of her children how to sing and play instruments. To pass the time on their remote homestead, all of the children spent hours entertaining themselves with songs, stories, plays, and poetry.
According to Atz Kilcher’s website, in the 1950s and 60s, the Kilcher family performed in Alaska and Europe and several of them, including Atz, have recorded original songs. Atz and his wife, Bonnie, recently released an album titled Good Old-Fashioned Ways. Atz Kilcher obviously passed on his love of music to Jewel and her brothers, and Atz stated that many of the third and even fourth generation of Kilchers are quite talented as well. Although Jewel may be the best known and most recognized Kilcher away from the Alaska: The Last Frontier series, she has a cousin, Q’orianka Kilcher, who made her film debut portraying Pocahontas in the movie The New World starring Colin Farrell, Christian Bale, and Christopher Plummer.
On July 5, Alaska: The Last Frontier shared Jewel’s post that includes a photo of herself and her son (who will be 5-years-old on July 11) standing with her father, her uncle Otto, and his son Eivin. Along with the photo, she remarked, “My Alaskan family! Feels so good to be home!”
They seem to be having such a great time that perhaps this will be the first of many visits for Jewel and her son. Since summer is a busy time for the Kilchers, it is nice to see them slow down and enjoy some quality family time together. A proud Kilcher through-and-through, Jewel states on her website that she is the beneficiary of her grandparents’ pioneer spirit and vision, and that she works every day to maintain the things she believes in and cares about, and upholds the proud pioneer spirit of her family.
Staying busy must be in the Kilcher blood because Jewel recently released a new album, Picking Up the Pieces, on September 11, 2015. Jewel also appears on the Blues Traveler’s album Blow Up the Moon, co-writing the song “Hearts Still Awake.” Like Q’orianka, she also has a lot of acting experience, appearing with Tobey Maguire in the 1999 Ang Lee film Ride with the Devil. Jewel also starred as Dorothy in the 1995 “Dreams Come True” production of The Wizard of Oz and had a cameo role in Walk Hard. In 2012, Jewel was cast in the lead role as June Carter Cash in the Lifetime Network original movie, Ring of Fire.
Are you a fan of Jewel and the Kilcher family? Leave your comments, thoughts, and opinions below. Alaska: The Last Frontier has been renewed for a sixth season and will most likely air sometime in mid-October. If filming of the series was taking place while Jewel and Kase were at the Kilcher homestead, perhaps she will make an appearance for the first time on the show.
[Image via Jewel/Facebook]