'Clear' As a Jewel

"I've been wanting to do this record my whole career," says Jewel of the country-leaning "Perfectly Clear," due this week via Valory Music Group.

"I've been wanting to do this record my whole career," says Jewel of the country-leaning "Perfectly Clear," due this week via Valory Music Group. "But my label was always scared of country music. I've always had country songs on my records."

"If I had been discovered now, living in my car in San Diego, I think I would have been signed as a country act," she maintains. "As a singer/songwriter and as a storyteller, I'm old fashioned. I like a beginning middle and end to my songs. That's pretty much just country radio now."

Though she lives in Texas with bull-riding star boyfriend Ty Murray, Jewel has spent a good bit of time in Nashville over the last few years. In 2007, she hosted the country reality show "Nashville Star" and she has made a number of appearances at Muzik Mafia events.

"She's just one of the best singer/songwriters in any genre," Valory head Scott Borchetta says, adding that a move to country is "a natural progression for her."