Jewel Mentors Kids As Bob Dylan Mentored Her
Pop star Jewel jumped at the chance to mentor wannabe singers on new TV talent search "Platinum Hit" because it gives her the chance to do what Bob Dylan did for her.
The hitmaker will join former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi on the new show and she admits that helping budding stars realise their true potential brought back memories of how Dylan took her under his wing when she was starting out.
She recalls, "I was really lucky when I was 20; my first album was flopping and my record label wanted me to make a second album and Bob Dylan took me under his wing.
"He mentored me every night after the shows. I would have all my lyrics with me and he gave me books to read and music to listen to. I would be like, 'I don't have a hit'.
"I was homeless before this and I didn't want to go back to living in my car. I was scared. He was adamant about me being who I am and being authentic and go the hard route, insisting, 'It will pay off in the long run'."
And Dylan wasn't the only icon to come to her rescue: "Then, after that, Neil Young took me under his wing. I was lucky to have these mentors - they helped me tow that line of having art and commerce mix; you can have both."