Jewel (in Gustavo Cadile) and boyfriend Ty Murray walked the purple carpet together. Jewel, a country music fan, told CMT she was glad to finally hear some of her music playing on the country stations she listens to. She will release her latest album, Perfectly Clear, this June.
Though she first found fame as a pop star, Jewel went a little bit country to perform at the 2008 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. The crooner, who was introduced by up-and-comer Taylor Swift, video blogged her experience as part of the show on her web site.
Jewel, who just released a new country album, Perfectly Clear, makes her festival debut Thursday performing a selection of new songs ("Stronger Woman") and old faves ("You Were Meant for Me") for the crowd.
Jewel looked simply chic on the red carpet in a navy jersey Roberto Cavalli gown. During ABC commercial breaks throughout the show, the singer starred in ads for Mary Kay's A Kiss for Country campaign, which will raise funds for domestic violence prevention.