Beautiful Hawaiian singer, songwriter, dancer. Asian beauty who played lead roles in The Lion King and Miss Siagon.
Peak position #89
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Jewlá was born on the island of Oahu and raised in the Waiahole Valley of Hawaii. She is one of nine brothers and sisters. She grew up with the mountains as her backyard and no cable television. Jewlá and her sisters spent a lot of time watching musicals and listening to cassette tapes of Whitney Houston, Carole King, the Beatles and anything else they could get their hands on. When the time came around to be on stage, Jewlá was ready and loved every minute of it.
She got all the training she needed at the Castle Performing Arts Theater (now the Ronald E. Bright Theater). She excelled and this got the attention of producers from the Broadway musical Miss Siagon. At the age of 16 (Spring of 1999), Jewlá joined the 2nd National Tour of Miss Saigon, where she would understudy then play the lead role of Kim.
Her performance in Miss Siagon led to her getting offered the Lead role of Nala in the Los Angeles production of The Lion King at the Pantages Theatre. At 19 years old she was the youngest ever to play the lead and the first Non-African American Nala. Jewlá is Filipina, Chinese, Spanish, and Irish.
Upon arriving in Los Angeles to do the Lion King, word spread quickly about her amazing voice. When Celine Dion was unable to sing a duet of The Prayer with Josh Groban for Verizon Wireless, Jewlá was asked to step in. She did in a big way. Josh and Jewlá did an amazing tribute to 9/11 for Verizons national television campaign.
Jewlá completed her run with The Lion King and began the process of recording her debut album. She has created a great collection of songs that will make you move and maybe even make you cry. Enjoy!
Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Lauryn Hill, The Carpenters, Stevie Wonder, Thicke (Robin), Babs, Jeff Buckley, and MY SISTERS and BROs (when they feel like singing for me).