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All about the singer’s only child

Jewel is the proud mother of her son, Kase.

The “You Were Meant For Me” singer welcomed her only child in July 2011 with then-husband Ty Murray. Although the two separated three years later, they maintain an amicable co-parenting relationship.

Now that Kase is about to enter adolescence, Jewel told PEOPLE in May 2024 that her approach to motherhood has “changed a lot over the years.”

“I’m a lot more present. I think I’m a present mom now, which is something I’ve really worked hard on. It wasn’t easy at first for me to really be present,” she said .

Like her mother, Kase has developed a strong talent for singing but seems uninterested in following Jewel’s footsteps into the industry.

“He’s not obsessed with it, so I don’t know if it’ll be his thing, but he definitely has a natural gift,” she told PEOPLE in September 2023.

From his passions to his relationship with his mom, here’s everything you need to know about Jewel’s son.

He was born in July 2011

Jewel with her son Kase who is celebrating his 6th birthday.
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Jewel and Murray announced the birth of their son, Kase Townes Murray, on July 11, 2011 in Texas. Kase weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces. and was born at 7 p.m.

“Ty and I are so excited to welcome our new baby boy into the world,” Jewel told PEOPLE at the time. “We are overwhelmed with happiness – it really is as great as everyone told us – or better!

She walked away from music to raise it

Jewel and her son Kase celebrate Mother’s Day in 2023.

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After giving birth to her son, Jewel released an album in 2016, Lullabyand took a five-year hiatus before releasing an album in 2021, queen of hearts. In May 2023, she explained on Instagram – alongside a video slideshow of photos of her son – that the reason she stepped away from music was to focus on motherhood.

“I cry seeing these photos of my son and me because I fought for this right,” she wrote in the caption. “I struggled to figure out how to develop my purpose as an artist – and as a person dedicated to helping others – and not let it cost me my bond with my son.”

Along with the video, she wrote that Kase was her “greatest work of art.”

She helps him deal with his feelings

Jewel and her son Kase Townes Murray at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 3, 2017.

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In May 2021, Jewel shared on the Interviews with Allison podcast that Kase is “very emotional” and that she was learning not to “overload” her feelings.

“My son is a very emotional kid. He’s very creative. I’ve really worked with my son on the difference between real emotion and a reaction,” she said.

“For me, it’s about going back and really studying masculinity among indigenous cultures; rites of passage from a male perspective, without putting my female perspective on it,” Jewel continued. “But instead, learning about masculinity in an indigenous way and realizing that I would tend to want on reinforce my child’s feelings.

He is a talented singer

Jewel performing “Hands” with her son Kase in December 2021.
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Kase joined his mother on stage after winning season 6 of The Masked Singer in December 2021 to perform a duet of his song “Hands”. Once the duet was finished, Kase gave his mother a sweet hug and told her, “I love you, mom.”

Two years later, Jewel told PEOPLE that Kase had the music bug but wouldn’t necessarily pursue a career in music.

“He plays the drums,” she said. “He has a very beautiful voice.”

Jewel and Kase have a ‘silly’ relationship

Jewel and her son Kase in August 2021.

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As Kase enters her teenage years, Jewel told PEOPLE in May 2024 that their relationship has become more “silly.”

“I’m very silly. I think if you ask my son what I’m like, we laugh a lot. We’re very, very, very silly,” she said. “We’re ridiculous. We fight a lot, my son and I. I didn’t think that would be the kind of mom I would be, but we play fight every day. It’s so funny.”

Although she maintains the fun factor in their relationship, Jewel said she is also a “teacher mom” and prioritizes being there emotionally for her son.

“I’m definitely a teaching mom, whether she likes it or not,” she said. “I’m the kind of mom who probably wants to over-explain what might be on the negative list, but that’s the kind of mom I am. I want to break things down. I want to help him understand. I hope I’m a good listener.”

She painted a portrait of him

For its May 2024 art exhibition, The portal: an artistic experience by Jewelat the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Jewel painted a portrait of her son that she said represented “mothering and my dedication to mothering.”

The portrait also captures Kase as he is now before he turned 13 – capturing his youth before he grew up.

“I have less of a motherly role in front of me than behind me, and it’s so sad, so it was a way for me to deal with my own feelings about my son getting older and the transitions we’re both going through do in our lives,” Jewel told PEOPLE.