Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jewel, to headline 2018 Billings Clinic Classic

The following is a press release from Billings Clinic:

BILLINGS, Mont. - Billings Clinic Foundation announces the 2018 Classic will feature acclaimed Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel, accompanied by the Billings Symphony Orchestra, on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at the Alberta Bair Theater.  Proceeds from the 2018 Classic will go toward the Pediatric Specialty Care Initiative which includes expanding Billings Clinic’s pediatric specialty medicine clinic including the construction of a much-needed Pediatric Infusion Center, upgrades to the neonatal intensive care unit, and advancement of our pediatric telehealth program enabling families to receive follow-up care in their home communities.

Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, mother and advocate. She went from a girl who grew up in Alaska with no running water, to a homeless teenager in San Diego, to an award-winning, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist who released one of the best-selling debuts of all time. Through her career, which has spanned over 20 years, she has earned multiple Grammy Award nominations, an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award among many others and to date has sold well in excess of 30 million albums worldwide.

Recently founding her own label imprint “Words Matter Media,” Jewel has inked a distribution and marketing deal with RED MUSIC (SONY), and is busy writing songs for her next studio album set to begin recording this summer for release in 2019 coinciding with her Silver Anniversary – a celebration of 25 years as a hit-making recording artist that will be followed with a national tour.

Jewel's debut album Pieces of You was released in 1995, stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for two years and spawned Top 10 hits including the certified platinum single "You Were Meant for Me," "Who Will Save Your Soul", and "Foolish Games". Described by Rolling Stone as “a record that carved out a perfectly confessional, coffeehouse niche between the decline of grunge and the rise of the slinky pop princess,” the album also reached mainstream success selling over 12 million copies and becoming certified 12x platinum.

Jewel’s versatile music career has spanned seven studio albums ranging in genre from pop, folk and country and has had 23 hit singles. The progression and variety of Jewel’s albums is due largely in part to mentor’s Bob Dylan and Neil Young who impressed upon her with their advice to take risks and make music she is authentically interested in. Her second album, Spirit, released in 1998, showcased Jewel’s raw talent and heartfelt emotions she is best known for. Spirit is 4x Platinum certified and includes popular singles such as “Hands,” which reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Rock-leaning, This Way, came next which then transitioned to the Dance-Pop that encompassed 0304. Next, Jewel explored country with beautiful lyrics and melody. She debuted #1 in the country charts with her first country effort. Always a story-teller, combining poetry and melody, Jewel’s body of works speak for themselves.

Billings Clinic Classic tickets range in price from $100-$200. The $200 ticket includes a pre-concert street party with heavy hors d’oeuvres and hosted refreshments with music by the Parker Brown Trio, the Jewel concert and a post-concert party with elegant desserts featuring The Midlife Chryslers. The $100 tickets include the concert and post-concert event.

The Classic is the major annual fundraising event for Billings Clinic. Other Classic events feature a Women’s Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 17; an Open Golf Tournament at the Powder Horn on Thursday, Aug. 23; and Open Golf Tournaments at the Briarwood Country Club and the Laurel Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 24.

Public ticket sales begin Tuesday, June 12 at 8:30 a.m. and can be purchased by calling (406) 657-4670 or visiting the Billings Clinic Foundation at 2917 10th Avenue North. 

This year’s Classic is chaired by Tom Scott, retired CEO and chairman of the Billings-based First Interstate BancSystem Inc.

With the nearest full-service children’s hospital 550 miles away, local access to specialized care for medically-complex children is vital. To offer the advanced care these children need, Billings Clinic has built the state’s most comprehensive team of outstanding pediatric specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dieticians and therapists to provide the expertise required to care for these children and their families close to home.

This summer, Billings Clinic Foundation will embark on a $4 million Pediatric Specialty Care Initiative in support babies, children and teenagers who require advanced care. This effort includes expansion of the already crowded pediatric specialty medicine clinic, upgrades to the neonatal intensive care unit and advancement of our pediatric tele-health program, which enables families to receive follow-up care in their home communities. Funds raised will also strengthen pediatric endowments. Interest earnings from these endowments provide ongoing support to advance care innovation and provide patient assistance during some of the most trying times in a family’s life. Proceeds from the 2018 Classic will be dedicated to this pediatric care initiative.

The theme of this year’s Classic street party is Naturally Classic, playing on the natural beauty and themes of Jewel’s music. 

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