The 42-year-old singer returns to her hometown of Homer, Alaska, for the first time in seven years on her family’s long-running Discovery Channel series, Alaska: The Last Frontier, and only ET has the exclusive sneak peek at Sunday’s sweet family reunion, which includes the singer’s 5-year-old son, Kase Murray.
Though Alaska: The Last Frontier, which follows the extended Kilcher family as they live in the Alaskan wilderness, has been on the air since 2011, this marks Jewel’s (full name: Jewel Kilcher) first appearance on the show.
In the clip, Jewel’s father, Atz Kilcher, and his wife, Bonnie, are excitedly preparing for Jewel and Kase’s arrival on the homestead, sketching out rough plans for a makeshift town, Kase’s Town, they’ll build for him to explore and play in.
“Since Jewel is Atz’s only daughter -- somethin’ special about fathers and daughters -- there’s a lot of emotion tied up in that,” Bonnie says, before a home video featuring a young Jewel yodeling alongside her father takes us back. As Atz recalls Jewel’s musical upbringing, chords of her 2015 song, “My Father’s Daughter,” accompanies.
“Mighty proud of her and very proud of her humble beginnings, and I kind of want to show that to my grandson, Kase,” Atz explains. Up until this point, Kase has never been to Alaska.
Without skipping a beat, Jewel and Kase arrive in the most unassuming way, with the singer adorably yodeling as Atz and Bonnie celebrate her long-awaited return home. “Gosh, it’s been a few years since I’ve been back, so just being able to bring my son here, where my heart is, means a lot,” Jewel reminisces.
“I grew up working cattle with my dad,” Jewel said. “I’m just real glad to be back.”
Alaska: The Last Frontier airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel.
Last year, ET sat down with Jewel to reflect on two decades in the music industry. Watch the exclusive video below.