Jewel’s Latest Album Makes The Merry Goes ‘Round
Jewel releases her second children’s album The Merry Goes ‘Round tomorrow at what couldn’t be a more appropriate time—the singer gave birth to her first baby (a son named Kase) just four weeks ago.
“I want the album to be fun for kids and adults, whether they have kids or not,” Jewel wrote on her blog. “I looked at it as a chance to write songs for my baby boy, that he can dance around to when he arrives.”
The Merry Goes ‘Round is a follow-up to Lullaby, which included the artist’s sweet cover of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” a number one hit on the Top Children’s Songs chart.
“The cool thing about this album and (Lullaby) is that it’s not the traditional model of, ‘We want to sell a million albums up front,’ ” she recently told Billboard. “They look at it as a 10-year plan. Lullaby is almost at half a million records (sold) with no promotion. It’s a fun model. It doesn’t take a lot of promotion or massive tours of duty out there. You can do one or two things and the record hopefully sells itself by word of mouth.
“I’ve got a lot of freedom with these family albums. I can write what I feel like. They don’t have to be a certain genre or anything, really. I don’t have to think about singles or airplay. That’s liberating in a lot of ways. I just thought about things I’d like my son to learn—going into a room and using your imagination, not to be afraid of the dark, little lessons like that. So it’s definitely a different mindset and creatively very fulfilling.”