Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter and three time Grammy nominee Jewel
has signed on to find the next "Nashville Star
" when the series premieres on NBC on Monday, June 9 (9:30-11 p.m. ET). Jewel joins previously announced judge/mentor John Rich -- the producer of her latest album, "Perfectly Clear" and one half of the country duo Big & Rich
"As a young artist, I really benefited from having great mentors like Bob Dylan
and Merle Haggard
. They took me under their wings and encouraged me to stand up for things that, as an artist, are important. They constantly reminded me that an artist's only concern is being great, not being famous. If you are truly great, success should follow," stated Jewel. "I am so excited to be a part of Nashville Star, to help mentor young artists and cultivate their singing, songwriting and playing and to encourage and continue that tradition."
Jewel, who hosted "Nashville Star" last season, continues her commitment to the show, making time in her busy tour schedule to once again join the search for the next great music artist. With her success not only as a mainstream rock/folk artist as well her recent crossover into the country genre, Jewel will provide a unique insight to the music industry and be an experienced mentor to the budding artists.