Queen of Hearts details her first studio album in 7 years and what winning The Masked Singer means to her

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Season 6 finale of The masked singer.

Another winner was crowned on The masked singer.

That’s right: after singing tunes in all genres (and languages!), Queen of Hearts defeated Bull (who turned out to be Todrick Hall) to officially reign above everything. When all was said and done, everyone except Ken Jeong correctly guessed that the giant red heart was four-time Grammy nominee Jewel.

In front of her TMS To crown it all, EW spoke with Jewel about how surprisingly she pulled off a French song, what to expect from her next album, and the touching reason why winning the Fox Singing Contest meant so much to her.

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Michael Becker / FOX Queen of Hearts stars in season 6 of “The Masked Singer”.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations on winning it all! What made you say yes to doing the show?

JEWEL: He ticked several boxes. One is just a really practical box that maybe not very sexy to talk about, but I don’t know why women don’t talk about it more – it’s hard to be a mom. in the music business. The industry is not very kind to moms, mainly because of the lifestyle. We shoot and promote maybe for a year at a time. And it is obviously difficult as a mom when your child is in school. So it’s a really tough transition, I think, for women, and not many women are talking about it. But for me, the show, obviously my goal was to be a wonderful mother, committed, present, but I am also an artist. And so find opportunities that allow you to be an artist that doesn’t take all of your time, to help you promote your music, and to help you develop as an artist in a way that you never have before. done before, it’s really precious. So the show really ticked that box for me. It didn’t take long, it allowed me to push myself vocally which was the second reason I did. I never wrote for my voice. I’ve always written for history, and for some reason I never really showed how technically good I was as a singer. And so the show allowed me to focus only on my technical abilities. And I really challenged myself. There have been a couple of times on stage where I’ve been like, “What am I doing? I don’t know if I’m going to sing this the way I want.” So it was really fun.

And all of your performances were so different. Was there one that was the most difficult for you to achieve?

“La Vie en Rose” was definitely the most difficult. I don’t speak French, and this song is iconic. I think I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself. I imagined that if Edith [Piaf, the original singer of the song] was there, would she be proud of me? And not knowing French and not being able to have a teleprompter was hard. So I spoke in French on a track that I had in my ears. I had a song that spoke in French, then I heard it and I could sing it in time. It was very strange to do. If people could have heard what was going on in my ears, it was very off-putting, but I got away with it!

Would you say you wanted to win it all or was it just for fun?

Both. I think whoever does the show wants to win, and you want to go far and it would be terrible to get kicked out of the first episode. But it’s not a linear race either. There is no finish line where someone crosses it first. It’s art, and art is really subjective. And everyone has talent, or more people are on the show. [Laughs] So it’s not that I’m better than Todrick Hall or David Foster, you know, it’s just that everyone is talented at some level, and it comes down to something subjective. And so you can’t focus on the things that are beyond your control. You can only focus on the things that are within your control. And for me, I was just focusing on my singing, and how I was trying to connect with people, and then you just have to let go because it’s so out of your control.

It was the first time on The masked singer where the finalists had never shared the stage before on the show. Did you know what to expect from your competitor?

I did not do it. I didn’t even really know I was against Todrick. Obviously, I mean, you don’t know who nobody is, you don’t see anybody singing, you don’t see anybody playing. You have no idea who someone is. I heard once we got back for the final that it was a bull, but that’s all I knew. They are therefore very secret in the series.

The panel and viewers were surprised, I think, by the hint and video of Hilary Swank she sent. How did it happen?

Yeah, I know! We live in the same city. We both live in the mountains. So we got to know each other this way. I just thought it might be a good way to shake up the judges.

And I know you release an EP of the songs you sang on The masked singer. Why was this something you wanted to do?

I love every song that I have made. I admired the writing of each song, worked really hard on the arrangement, and loved the versatility. I hadn’t thought about doing an EP at all when I was doing the show, but when I was done I was like, “I loved those songs and performances.” And I wanted to have it where I recorded it, and people, my fans, could have it. I knew my fans would want them. And so I decided to do an EP really at the last minute. We just had a lot of fun doing it. I have a studio here in my house, so it was really easy.

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Michael Becker / FOX Jewel wins season 6 of “The Masked Singer” as Queen of Hearts.

You also have a new album and an upcoming tour. What can you tell us about this?

Yes, I have an album coming out. It is called Freewheeling woman. It will be released soon. And I’m on tour this summer. With the album, one goal was to surpass myself vocally, but I wrote the songs, and it’s a new genre. I always like to try new things. It’s more of a full official pop album, so writing in that style and pushing myself vocally without compromising the lyrics, for me, was a lot of fun.

What did winning the show mean to you?

It was just an amazing experience. I think what I found most surprising about the show is that I have a foundation for mental health, and I work with children, and I tell children a lot that our worth has to be innate and intrinsic, you know, we can’t base our value outside of ourselves. We can’t put our value on our job title, or our names, or where we’re from, or whether we’ve had a successful case or not. And so the show in a really interesting way, even though it’s such a fun and silly pop show, I feel like I allowed myself to show so sincerely and authentically who I was, this most thing. essential, which for me is my heart. And it wasn’t about my name, and it wasn’t about my story, or where I was from, or my accent or all of those things that aren’t really you. So even though it’s so playful, I just feel like I really have to be myself and stand up for what I stand for which is heart, feelings, emotion and love. connection. And so I found it to be the most surprising thing and what I really enjoyed the most.

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