Who is Lenedra Carroll?
Lenedra Jewel Carroll was born in 1950, in Alaska, USA, and although an author, artist, singer and businesswoman, is perhaps best known for being the ex-wife of reality television personality Atz Kilcher. Their daughter is singer Jewel Kilcher – known in the industry as Jewel, and releasing numerous charting songs throughout her career.
The Riches of Lenedra Carroll
How rich is Lenedra Carroll? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $13 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her association with her ex-husband and her daughter has also apparently elevated her net worth somewhat. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Lenedra grew up in Alaska along with three siblings. Her family were Mormons, and according to several sources moved to Alaska during the 1930s. Eventually, they settled on an island called Wrangell and spent a few years there before they moved to Seward, then during her teens to Homer, Alaska which had a population of around 5,000 people. She grew up surrounded by wilderness and an expanse of unspoiled territory, where she developed her love for nature.
According to her, growing up in Alaska would become a great inspiration for future decisions and pursuits she had. Later on, she would publish a book entitled “The Architecture of All Abundance” which talked a lot about her time growing up in the state. While living in Homer she met Atz Kilcher, and the two became close friends before eventually starting a relationship.
Marriage and Career
While details on the subsequent marriage of Carroll and Kilcher are scarce, it is known that they married sometime during the 1960s, and lived a relatively normal life until things changed after the birth of their first child, who suddenly passed away while in the crib. The two tried to move forward and would have three children together, all of whom, like her husband, would gain popularity in some form. Their children are Jewel Kilcher, Shane Kilcher, and Atz Lee Kilcher; according to Lenedra, the most difficult birth was that of Jewel as she had a near death experience due to the nurse putting an oxygen mask on her but forgetting to turn it on. Fortunately her husband noticed that she wasn’t breathing and the doctors were able to restore the oxygen.
Even while raising a family, she became involved in the music industry, spending around 15 years in music. She released two albums with Atz during their marriage, and a few solo albums too. She also helped manage the multi-platinum career of her daughter Jewel. During the latter part of her career, she collaborated with Ralf Illenberger on the album “Beyond Words”, and two years later released the album “Daybreak Song” which included three original songs.
Divorce and Life After
In 1982 Lenedra and Atz’s marriage took its final toll, as the couple decided to divorce; they didn’t disclose the reason publicly, but according to reports, he gained custody of all three children. However, the divorce apparently led to Atz becoming alcoholic and abusive, affecting the children the most; later he married Bonnie Dupree. For Lenedra, however, it isn’t known if she started a new relationship or has remarried. She has been silent about that aspect of her life since separating from Kilcher.
It is known that she spent the remainder of her life as a performer, and travelled around the world solo as well as with her daughter, and appeared in television shows such as “The Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, and “The View”. She’s also been featured in publications such as “Reader’s Digest’, “People Magazine”, and “USA Weekend”. With her daughter, she is the co-founder of the organization called Higher Ground for Humanity, the aim of which is to inspire positive change through individual action. Higher Ground is responsible for starting Project Clearwater, which aims to deliver clean water to communities. The initiative is now active in over 18 countries around the world.
Daughter – Jewel
Over the course of Jewel’s career, she has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. She was trained by her parents and released her debut album in 1995 entitled “Pieces of You”, which became one of the best-selling debut album of all time, achieving a 12-times platinum rating, and the song “Who Will Save Your Soul” reached 11th spot of the Billboard Hot 100. Other songs such as “Foolish Games” and “You Were Meant for Me” reached second spot on the charts.
Her next two albums – “Spirit” and “This Way” – were released in 2001. Two years later, she released the album “0304” which started her departure from folk music. In 2008 she made her first country album entitled “Perfectly Clear”, which debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The following year, she worked on an independent album called “Lullaby”. Aside from music, she’s also endeavored to act – earning critical acclaim for her role in “Ride with the Devil” – and has released a collection of poetry she’s written over the years.