Jewel BLANCH 1979)
– Jewel Blanch was born on March 4, the daughter of Arthur and
From a toddler Jewel showed that she
Sometimes she would invite herself up on stage and
dance around and sing along with her parents.
– At the age of 3 in
Brisbane, she appeared on the Coca
Cola TV Show on Channel 9 singing and playing her own
– When she was 4 years of age, The Blanch Family were signed to
W & G label in
They recorded a song written for Jewel “I Wanta Stay
on Jumbo” and a duet with her father with “On Accounts
I Love You”.
"Jumbo" was an instant success and became a national
Jewel was the youngest recording artist in the world.
– Jewel and her family went to the United States.
Jewel started school while her parents knocked on
doors in Hollywood.
The Blanch Family having been on CBS TV led to Jewel being
booked on the “Art Linkletter Show”. She was such a novelty,
many letters poured in and she was invited back the next month.
– The family came back to
– At the age of 8, Jewel was contracted to EMI to record 4 songs
for the HMV Label.
In December, Jewel performed her song “The Funny
Little Voice” on the Barry Crocker Show. Jewel was
featured in The Junior
Bandstand Show on Channel 9. Jewel was taking lessons in
dancing with jazz, tap, ballet and piano lessons.
Her mother took her to television auditions.
Jewel started landing plum rolls in: the
Night Gallery, Mod Squad, etc.
– Jewel was chosen over several American girls to play an
important role in a big budget movie to be filmed in
The movie was
After outgrowing her Australian correspondence courses, Jewel
attended University High School in
West Los Angeles.
She later moved to
New Horizons Hollywood
– Producer Jack Daugherty, who found The Carpenters, offered
Jewel a production deal.
She later recorded for RCA.
Jewel turned down the lead in
with no regrets.
She was sought after to do 6 episodes in Australia’s
as Abbie Singleton, a singer.
She sang her own composition “Will I Ever Learn” and
did well on the Australian charts.
Jewel was also in the running with Olivia Newton-John
to play “Sandy” in
– The family moved back home to
Jewel was inducted into the Hands of Fame in Tamworth.
– Jewel and Arthur released “The Lady and the Cowboy”.
– Jewel and Arthur were awarded for album of the year for “The
Lady and the Cowboy”.
Jewel also received the award for Best Female Vocalist
with her own composition “I Can Love You”.
- Jewel and her husband moved to
to live and opened a management and publishing company called
- Offered Keith Urban a publishing deal which helped to kick
start his career in America.
Jewel Blanch has a lot to be credited for.
Her achievements go on and you can read about Jewel
and her family in their autobiography “Wollun One-The Story of
the Blanch Family”.
The book is filled with a lot of photos of what they
have achieved and done to other country artists they have
Some other movies in which Jewel has played:
Climb an Angry Mountain, The Morning After, The Honourable Sam
Houston, Against a Crooked Sky, Blind Sunday, Death Takes a Holiday,
as well as the television shows,
Class of 65.