05/28/2008 AT 05:35 PM EDT
Although Jewel is best known as a pop artist, the Grammy nominee is set to release her first country album next week. In fact, the entire album is previewed online at iheartmusic.com.
To listen to the album, follow this link: Jewel - Stronger Woman
Jewel, 34, says country is genre that has always appealed to her. "I'm not a pop star," the singer tells PEOPLE. "I'm an old school singer/songwriter/troubadour. That's me, that's who I am.”
Jewel, who wrote 10 of the 11 songs on her new disc, Perfectly Clear
, tells PEOPLE that the title cut was written when she was 18.
"Stronger Woman," her first single off the album (co-produced by John Rich of Big & Rich) is already a country hit, currently at No. 15 on the Billboard country chart.Like this story? Click on the Yahoo Buzz! button below to Buzz it up!