Jewell began her musical career busking on the streets of Santa Fe while attending college. She then moved to Los Angeles and performed on the streets of Venice Beach. Jewell moved to Massachusetts where she performed at local music clubs. In December 2005, Jewell recorded a “live demo” album called Nowhere in Time and later recorded the album Boundary County with Jason Beek on percussion, Daniel Kellar on violin, Jerry Glenn Miller on guitars and Johnny Sciascia on upright bass. Jewell and her band in Buffalo, New York, 2011. Her album Letters From Sinners & Strangers, was recorded at the Signature Sounds studio in Pomfret, Connecticut. In early 2009 Jewell released the album Sea of Tears  which was called a “startling departure” by a Sydney Morning Herald music critic. In 2010, Jewell released the album Butcher Holler, an album of Loretta Lynn covers and in 2011, her fourth album of original music, Queen of the Minor Key. Jewell and her band toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia beginning in 2005 including performances at South by Southwest and NPR’s World Cafe.