Singer-songwriter Jewel released her first country album, Perfectly Clear, on Tuesday (June 3) on Valory Music Co. It's the first album for the Nashville-based independent label, a spinoff of Big Machine Records. Jewel wrote some of the songs on the album when she was 18 years old. She is scheduled to perform Thursday night (June 5) at the CMA Music Festival. ... Other new releases include Jennifer Hanson's Thankful (Universal South -- digital only) and The Very Best of Neal McCoy (Rhino).