The singer also debuts her new song, "Home to Me," on Monday to raise awareness about the importance of public housing

By K.C. Baker
September 16, 2014 09:00 AM
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Jewel isn’t letting her split from Ty Murray, her husband of more than six years, get her down.

“I’m doing good!” the singer tells PEOPLE.

Jewel, 40, announced the divorce in a blog post July 2. She and Murray, 44, wed in the Bahamas in 2008 after dating for 10 years. They have a son, Kase Townes, 3.

In the wake of her impending divorce, the Alaska native has been keeping busy taking care of Kase, performing and working on a new book.

She has also been collaborating with the ReThink: Why Housing Matters initiative to write and record a new song, “Home to Me,” inspired by Americans’ thoughts about the importance and meaning of home. It can be downloaded free from the group’s website.

“I was really proud to be able to write this song,” Jewel says. “I was inspired by the hundreds of people from all over the country who wrote in about what home means to them, as well as my own experiences with being homeless.”

Earlier this year, ReThink launched a song contest asking Americans to share their stories, photos and thoughts about why housing matters to them. Hundreds of people entered the contest, and entries from 10 finalists served as the inspiration for Jewel to write “Home to Me.”

Silvia Kearney of Akron, Ohio, helped inspire Jewel’s song and won the grand prize. On Tuesday, Jewel will sing “Home to Me” at The Mint in Los Angeles.

“I loved writing this song,” she says. “It was fun to get to read everyone’s entries. People were really pouring their hearts into what home means to them – that home is a lot more than just four walls and a roof over your head. It’s a place for dreams to be dreamed and where hope lives and a safe place to have solace in the world and to have a future.”

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