Jewel Says Son Kase, 12, Has a 'Beautiful Voice' but He's 'Not Obsessed' with Music (Exclusive)

The boy mom proudly talks about how wonderful raising her son is

<p>Steve Granitz/FilmMagic</p> Jewel at the Project Angel Food

Steve Granitz/FilmMagic

Jewel at the Project Angel Food's 2023 Angel Awards

Jewel is embracing all the fun in parenting a tween.

The Grammy-nominated "Foolish Games" singer, 47, spoke with PEOPLE at Project Angel Food's annual Angel Awards gala, where she opened up about parenting her almost teen son, Kase, 12.

"Everybody told me that every year gets better and I was like, 'That's impossible.' So far it's true," she says of motherhood.

"I think traveling right now for us, he really loves traveling, so we're just going all over the world together and again, I just feel lucky," she shares. "It's beyond a privilege to get to do this. I'm just enjoying every single second I have with him."

When asked if he's been bit by the music bug, the singer — who shares her son with ex-husband Ty Murray — confirms, "He is. He plays drums. He has a really beautiful voice."

That said, she's not expecting Kase to pursue a career in music, adding, "He's not obsessed with it, so I don't know if that'll be his thing, but he sure has a natural gift."

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The singer sweetly duetted her song "Hands" with Kase for the Masked Singer's two-hour holiday special in December. The mother-son duo harmonized with one another as Jewel played her acoustic guitar. At the end of the duet, Kase gave Jewel a big hug and adorably said, "I love you, Mom."

"Aww, honey… I love you too," she replied.

Following the holiday special, Jewel tweeted, "I love singing with my son! I'm legit [bawling] right now #TheMaskedSinger." She also retweeted a post from The Masked Singer judge Nicole Scherzinger, who raved over the mother-son performance.

<p>Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Wellness Your Way Festival</p> Jewel performing

Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Wellness Your Way Festival

Jewel performing

In May, Jewel shared a slideshow of photos on Instagram as she reflected on the choices and sacrifices moms make for their kids.

"I’ve always said- if at the end of my life, my music is my best work of art, I will have been an a-----e. I want my life to be my best work of art," she wrote. "The older I get, the clearer it is to see: Our life is made of choices. These switches that hinge on yes and no. That help us navigate left or right."

"That means being very intentional about WHY - because that informs what we say yes to. Society says we can have it all. I don’t believe that is true. Attention is the most sincere form of devotion. I have turned down huge career opportunities and Kay checks to pay attention to my desire to mother artfully. It’s messy. It’s scary. It’s vulnerable," she continued.

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Later, she added, "I weep seeing these pictures of my son and I because I fought for this right. I fought to figure out how to grow in my purpose as an artist — and as a person dedicated to helping others — and not letting it cost me my connection to my son."

"Our work-life balance is personal and unique for every mom. We are told what we should and should not do and what’s right and what’s enough. There is no formula. Just choices. Made one day at a time. Don’t let cleverness or duty or shame rule your choices. Letting your heart. Trusting and having faith that the accumulation of all these choices will make a beautiful work of art," she concluded, beginning and ending the post with "Painters."

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