Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry on the Release of Their First Children’s Album: ‘It Was a Very Sweet Experience’

09/11/2015 at 01:15 PM ET

Sara Gilbert Linda Perry children's album Deer Sounds
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A family affair at its best!

In the months leading up to the birth of their first son, Sara Gilbert and wife Linda Perry could not have thought of a better time to embark on another thrilling adventure together.

“​What better time to do it​?” Perry, 50, tells PEOPLE about the motivation behind their children’s album, Deer Sounds, out Sept. 18. The pair are releasing a first listen of the song “Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up” exclusively with PEOPLE Friday.

​”​When Sara got pregnant and we realized we were having a child​ — n​ow he’s 6 months old​ — ​it seemed pretty appropriate.​” ​​

The couple, who welcomed son Rhodes Emilio last February, ​didn’t come up with this idea on the whim.

​”​I think ​I​ expected it because we had always talked about it,​” Gilbert, 40, says. ​”Even our first date, ​Linda was talking about​ it. I said​,​ ‘Oh, ​I​’ve got kids,​’​ and she said​,​ ​’​I’ve always wanted to write a children’s album.​’​ So I always wanted that to happen​.”

Gilbert, who has two children from her previous relationship with Allison Adler (Levi, 10, and Sawyer, 8), accepted Perry’s marriage proposal​ ​in 2013. The couple tied the knot in March 2014.​

Because family is everything to Gilbert and Perry, the duo’s album includes a little bit of everything from everyone.

“These songs just started to show up when he was born and then it just got really exciting because we were all in the house and all a part of it, all throwing in ideas and making artwork,” Gilbert recalls. “It was a very sweet experience​.”

Even the couple’s baby boy had a huge role in the making of Deer Sounds.​​

“[Rhodes] would stand on the piano and make all these sounds,” Gilbert says. “We put it on the album and his little voice. Everybody contributed whatever they could — such a special part of it.”

The album bodes different from most children albums in that it’s more of “family music” and doesn’t cater to just kids or adults.

Gilbert describes it as “the perfect bridge between the two worlds.”

On top of the release of their new album, the duo’s most exciting adventure has been embarking on parenthood together. Still in disbelief that their little boy has just passed the six-month mark, the parents admit that he is coming of age.

“He’s pretty vocal, for sure. I think what we’re finding out about him is that he definitely has a really set personality,” Perry says. “He’s pretty independent. I know he’s my son, but I think he’s really special. There’s not enough words I can say about him. He has a great spirit.”

Sara Gilbert Linda Perry children's album Deer Sounds
Deer Sounds

Though Perry is learning as she goes, Gilbert has some motherly advice for new parents.

“Respect your kids,” The Talk co-host says. “They are their own people. I think sometimes we expect kids to be perfect when we’re not perfect. I think it’s all a work in progress.”

She adds,”I think people sometimes get stressed out when they have a newborn and an infant. Try to enjoy it because the time is so fleeting and soon enough they’ll be running around and be more independent. You’re going to miss that time.”

— Christina Dugan

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barney on

Is it Halloween already? Scary looking couple.

exit82 on

I watch “The Talk” everyday and this is the first time I ever heard the babies name- it’s almost like I imagined she had one.

Bugfan1 on

This is totally sickening. Last week I read an article from a young child that posted her story on internet. She started out by saying how hard it was to talk about what she was writing about. This article touched my heart. I believe the part I’m about to share will touch a majority of others. This child was talking about the fact of NOT having a Dad. Not the kind of Dad she wanted. The kind of Dad the majority of her friends had. She said both her parents were women. And she was talking about how she couldn’t talk to them about it because they were always telling her that she was very lucky. And she had something all her other friends didn’t have. And that was two Moms. But this young girl wasn’t happy nor pleased with the answer. There was more she wrote; but close to the end of her article she said the parents; whether it be two women or two men truly needed to think about the feelings of many of the children they decide to raise as a family. Because she knew she probably wasn’t the only child to have these feelings. I cried after reading this article. I have a few homosexual friends. But they are not like the majority of homosexuals.

They don’t get out and flaunt their lifestyle in public. They even sent money to the couple that ran the bakery. They just married. They know I don’t agree with it because I’m a Christian. and they know I pray for them. And they were saying Kim Davis was truly set up by a homosexual couple in another state. I was told they DROVE hundreds of miles and made sure their were cameramen while they asked her why she wasn’t issuing marriage certificates to them

Come to find out; this was all TRUE. So I do have one question. Homosexuals said they just wanted to be able to get married legally. They said they weren’t about trying to make Christians feel any differently. So maybe someone can answer me this. Why go to a bakery that you know is being ran by Christian couple, do ALL your business there for so long. Also knowing there are SEVERAL bakeries that are all so close. And you know this Christian couple have their religious beliefs. And this couple have treated both you and your mate just like any of their other customers. Answer this for me??? Why go to them and ask them to make a cake for your homosexual wedding while knowing all this??? And then turn around and sue them??? This isn’t what Kind & Loving people do.

Now my last question to any homosexual that doesn’t mind answering. My friend has been wanting a child for so long. But I tell him (not in a mean-spirited way) that he could have had that if he would have been with a woman. The reason I say could have is because he and his mate/partner decided before they married not to bring a child or children into their home because they didn’t feel it was healthy or fair for the child. So do other homosexual couples just NOT think about how that child would feel growing up or what. Just something I’d like to know after reading this young girl’s story.

SarahK on

Bugfan1, please do not hide your bigotry behind religion. There are plenty of Christians who are not homophobic. There is absolutely no evidence that children of gay parents are less happy or healthy. Spouting off some anecdotal story does not mean that gay people are not fit parents. There are plenty of stories by children of straight parents that also are sad. There are also plenty of stories written by children of gay parents that are happy.

With respect to Kim Davis, it doesn’t matter if couples flew from state to state to root out these clerks. She has a government job and she is refusing to do it. She is under court order and she is still refusing. Why should she get to keep her job and get paid while flouting the law? I bet you would be singing a different tune if she decided that issuing gun licenses was against her religion or if she decided that divorced people should not get remarried. Also, please tell me how baking a cake violates religious beliefs? Would it be ok if their religious belief was that interracial couples shouldn’t get married? You do realize that this is what you’re advocating, right? You, Kim Davis and those bakers are using religion as a sword and a shield.

Anyways, your rant has nothing to do with Sara and Linda.