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Crown Jewel

Magazine article Out

Crown Jewel

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DISHING WITH THE GAL WHO MADE YODELING COOL

Ever since Jewel sassily skewered gay bashers in her 1995 debut album, Pieces of You, we've known she's a cool chick. Her politics aside, the folksinger-songwriter (who turned 32 at the end of May) won a queer following by being just plain hot.

"I usually yodel when I dose a show," she says. "Back when I was completely unknown, this woman was looking up at me onstage at a dub and she's like, 'I love it when you move your tongue that fast.' I was shocked. I was used to being hit on by men, but I never expected it from a woman. And I never thought of yodeling as being so naughty!"

As the young songbird grew more worldly, she embraced the gay guys and gals in her audience. "I've always put a lot of satire and irony in my music," she says, "and I've always been a little disappointed how nobody ever got it. My gay friends and fans are the only ones who I feel got it and thought it was funny. …

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