Wellness Your Way Festival Concert: Jewel + Rachel Platten With Josie Dunne

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Saturday, August 17, 2019
Doors 6:00 p.m. | Show 7:30 p.m.

Tickets on sale NOW,  HERE

$35.00 General Admission | $45.00 Reserved Seating | $60 General Admission and 3-Day Festival Pass | $75 Reserved Seating and 3-Day Festival Pass plus applicable service fees


On Saturday, August 17th, the WYWF will host a female-led concert event at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. WYWF co-founder and Multi-platinum singer-songwriter,  Jewel will host the festival’s signature concert event with special performances by International star Rachel Platten, best-known for her empowering anthem “Fight Song” and rising pop-songstress Josie Dunne (“Same”).



Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, mother and wellness advocate who is
passionate about health, equality, the relentless pursuit of wisdom and sharing it with others.

Through her career, she has earned four Grammy Award nominations and sold over 30million albums worldwide. Heralded by the New York Times as “one of the best singer song writers since Joni Mitchell,” Jewel credits her great mentors Bob Dylan, and Neil Young who took the time to groom and encourage her as a young artist. She was recently chosen to finish Johnny Cash's half written songs for a forthcoming posthumous CD created by Cash’s son, John Carter Cash.

Jewel's unique story began on an Alaskan homestead- with no electricity- where her family survived off the land. Her New York Times best-selling memoir Never Broken chronicles how she used hard work, grit and grace to survive and thrive under extreme circumstances. Her families’ story is now documented in the successful Discovery Channel TV show, "Alaska, The Last Frontier."

Jewel started singing in bars at eight years old. She left home at fourteen and provided for herself until the age of seventeen when she received a partial scholarship to Interlochen Fine Arts Academy. She got the support of her hometown, whom all chipped in to pay the rest of her tuition and travel to Michigan for school. During her first year at Interlochen, she began writing songs and documented her inner journey with lyrics that were considered artful and profound. One of Jewel's earlier hits, "Hands," spoke of her personal discovery of "mindfulness"... a good 20 years before the term would become popular in social vernacular. Her lyrics calmed a generation of listeners with the phrase, "If I could tell the world just one thing, it would be that we're all ok.”

At age nineteen, Jewel found herself in a bidding war between record companies wanting to sign her. Rather than take the largest advance, she bet on herself, making an aggressive back-end deal, which generated millions of additional dollars.

Jewel ventured into the acting world with her first role coming in Ang Lee's civil war drama Ride With The Devil. She then starred in the lead role of June Carter Cash in the Lifetime original movie Ring of Fire. In early 2017, Jewel assumed the lead role of Shannon Hughes in “The Fixer Upper Series” movies (based on the best-selling series of books of the same name) for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Jewel recently founded a new online platform JewelNeverBroken.com where she shares the mindfulness tools she developed to convert her pain into resilience.

For this foray, she teamed up with Dr. Judson Brewer of Yale University and University of Massachusetts and other leading medical doctors to offer this information to the public in a free interactive website. She is also building a “WHOLE HUMAN” curriculum for public schools, corporations and consumers. The content emphasizes mindfulness and emotional intelligence to give every day - people a "psychology for life," so they can do what she has done - be the architects of their own life, rather than a passenger in a life they’ve inherited.

Jewel's lifelong passion for her own personal growth and health is helping her to become the spokesperson of modern-day wellness and mindfulness by sharing those same practices she used from the age of fourteen. Jewel's "WHOLE HUMAN" philosophy is designed to help people gain tone and strength in all areas of their lives including emotional intelligence, physical and fiscal health, interpersonal relationships and nutrition and, most importantly, as friends, associates and contributors to society.



Growing up in Boston, Rachel Platten recalls harmonizing with her family to finely crafted pop songs - from Sam Cooke to The Beatles - that dominated her parents’ vinyl collection. As a teenager, Rachel gravitated towards, and began to become affected by, hip-hop and female singer-songwriters. “My CD collection was Tori Amos and Patti Griffin but then A Tribe Called Quest and Nas.” The commonality between the two seemingly different genres: confessional and vulnerable songwriting.

As a kid, Rachel dreamt about music as a career but never really thought it could happen in real life. “I grew up playing classical piano and I knew I could sing but I had no model to follow creatively. The idea of growing up to be an artist seemed impossible.” However, the electricity she felt on stage while studying abroad in college, performing in front of80,000 at the International Soca Monarch Finals in Trinidad, inspired Rachel to start chasing what she once thought was an impossible dream.

After finishing college, Rachel immediately set out for New York City where she took up residence in the very apartment building on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village where Bob Dylan once lived. Naturally, she found a band on Craig’s list and started performing in clubs around the city. Those years consisted of paying dues through a mix of temping during the day and getting fired a lot, gigging until 4am, and lugging an 80-pound keyboard to her fifth-floor walk-up night after night. Despite the struggle and the setbacks, Rachel loved being on stage, even if at times nobody was listening. “I felt crazy sometimes that I still believed in myself when there were no signs that I should.” During this time, a conversation with her soon to be manager, Ben Singer, helped reignite her passion. “Ben helped me realize that I had to start my own fire and my songs would be the sparks.”

Rachel would find her first big spark with “Fight Song,” which took two years for the singer/songwriter to complete. She turned inward by telling her own story through the song. Turns out it was just the message people needed. “There actions were honest, and intense. People have been sending me the most beautiful stories of how they refuse to give up,” she recalls. “Fight Song” is without a doubt the life-changing inspirational song of 2015, topping iTunes and radio charts, and selling more than 2 million downloads in the U.S. alone.

The fire that “Fight Song” ignited has connected not only with music fans but also Columbia Records. Now planning her major label debut in early 2016, Rachel is touring the world, performing on countless television shows and being played on radio stations coast to coast. Rachel just recently premiered the beautifully uplifting music video for her newest single “Stand By You,” another emotionally empowering anthem from the songstress. But ask Rachel what she wants people to take away from her music and she says, “I’m in love with the idea of connecting people. Bringing people together is to me, the most important thing we can do in this life. I feel like that’s my mission with my music. I think that’s why I’m getting this chance right now.”



The Wellness Your Way Festival offers attendees a complete approach to wellness over an unforgettable wellness weekend experience.  Festival-goers with travel four festival zones—Know Yourself, Fitness, Nutrition, and Inspiration. The festival consists of three days of nutrition education, inspirational panel discussions, celebrity-led cooking demonstrations, and interactive fitness programs. Leading festival-goers in lively fitness sessions will be celebrity trainers Jillian Michaels, mother daughter duo Denise Austin & Katie Austin, and Tone It Up’s Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott as well as Kaisa Keranen (Kaisafit), and Ron ‘Boss’ Everline (JustTrain), amongst others. Festival goers can participate in engaging cooking demonstrations with Denver’s own Vegetarian Hall of Fame Chef Mark Reinfeld, bestselling author and celebrity health and nutrition expert, Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, Wild Food’s Georgia Pellegrini and The Food Network’s Stuart O’Keefe.

Additionally, the festival will feature a lineup of experts to include Molly Bloom, entrepreneur, author and subject of the Academy Award nominated film Molly’s Game, and Blaise Aguirre, MD, an expert in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harvard University’s McLean Hospital. The exceptional lineup of family activities will feature an all-ages Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course and an unbelievable performance by ‘The World’s Best’ Magician, Justin Flom.

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