"I return to Alaska as often as I can to visit my dad, who stars in the Discovery Channel's Alaska: The Last Frontier."
When they first conceived of the show, the producers of Alaska: The Last Frontier had no that the Kilcher family had a very famous family member. Jewel recalled when her little brother Atz Lee texted her that he was going to sign a television contract, she thought that he was buying a physical TV. He was living in the wilderness of Alaska, and she knew he didn't own a television. But, in fact, it was a team of Discovery Channel television producers who wanted to film these Alaskan "hillbillies" for a reality series.
The next day, Jewel had her management company talk to the production people to make sure that her family members were not taken advantage of and to ensure they signed a decent contract. This threw the Discovery Channel producers for a loop, as they never imagined that this remote family, living the life of pioneers, could possibly be related to one of the most famous singer/songwriters in the world: Jewel Kilcher.
Jewel is not the only musician in her family, and music has always been part of the Kilcher family. Jewel recalls that after her parents split up, only in fifth grade, she and her father, Atz Kilcher, sang in local taverns to make some extra money. Now, the musical family team has reunited as her father helped co-write the theme song for Alaska: The Last Frontier, which he sings along with Jewel.