July 12, 2011 at 01:15 PM EDT

Her hands are small, she knows, but not as small as her new family member’s: Singer Jewel has welcomed her first child with husband Ty Murray, People reports. The couple’s son, Kase Townes Murray, was born Monday in Texas. “Ty and I are so pleased to welcome our new baby boy into the world,” the singer told People. “We are overcome with happiness — it really is as great as everyone told us it would be — better even!” Jewel and Murray have been married since 2008.

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