Fame, fortune and adoring fans haven't changed Jewel's values.

"I'm just a person who is honestly living my life and asking, `How do you be spiritual and live in the world without going to a monastery?' " Jewel Kilcher told Rolling Stone. "I just want to tell kids, `Come on man, get excited!' "The 22-year-old singer who began performing with her father in Alaska at age 6 vaulted from obscurity - and poverty - with her Top 10 hits: "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "You Were Meant for Me."

Before her album "Pieces of You" came out, she was living in a van and performing in San Diego coffeehouses.

"I surfed, I wrote a lot and all I owned was a backpack, a surfboard and a mattress," Jewel says of her days as a struggling artist.

Since then, Jewel has performed at an inauguration party for President Clinton and has opened for big-name acts like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, including a gig at Madison Square Garden.