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Season 17 of NBC's "The Voice" was conquered by country music. Jake Hoot, a 31-year-old country artist originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, and currently living in Cookeville, Tenn., was crowned champion on December 17th. Now he is giving back to his hometown. He will hold his first concert at Tennessee Tech's Hooper Eblen Center in Cookeville, TN on Saturday, Jan. 4th, at 1 p.m. Concert is free and open to the public.
Jake stood out all season for his powerful vocals, dynamic storytelling abilities and devotion as a dad to his 4-year-old daughter. Originally a one-chair-turn, he earned Coach Kelly Clarkson her third “Voice” win on the four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series.
As of December 17th, Hoot had six songs in the Top 10 of the iTunes Country Singles chart. This is more than any other singer in the history of the show has had in the Top 10 at one time. Additionally, he had four songs in the Top 10 on the Overall Singles chart. Jake's duet of “Wintersong” with Kelly climbed as high as #2 on the iTunes Overall Singles chart, making it the highest-charting coach duet in the history of the show.
This talented artist was born in Texas, but his parents are missionaries and relocated the family to the Dominican Republic when he was 9. While living there, he began singing and playing guitar while also becoming fluent in Spanish. At 20, he moved to Tennessee and began gigging and attended Tennessee Tech University as a walk-on football player. Jake is a dad to a 4-year-old daughter and came to “The Voice” hoping to make her proud.
Not only did Jake make his daughter proud, he won the hearts of viewers who decided he was the best. I hope fans close by can attend the upcoming free concert, it would be a "Hoot." Visit https://www.jakehoot.com to keep up with upcoming news.