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2 April 1961, Lepanto, Arkansas, USA. Country artist Jewell emerged from years of obscurity in 2003 when he won the inaugural final of the reality television show Nashville Star. Prior to his sudden rise to fame, Jewell had spent his early twenties in an unsuccessful band called White Oak. By the mid-90s he was installed in Nashville, the capital of country music, and plying his trade as a demo singer. A number of session appearances followed at the start of the new millennium, notably with veteran Ray Price, before Jewell cut an independent album featuring material by songwriters Arthur and Alton Corey and Dennis Kahler. He subsequently decided to enter the first series of country musics version of the hugely popular American Idol franchise, Nashville Star. Jewell powered his way to victory in May 2003 and landed a contract with Columbia Records. His self-written debut single, the Help Pour Out The Rain (Laceys Song), enjoyed success on the...