Jake Hoot
Born (1988-07-07) July 7, 1988 (age 34)
Cookeville, Tennessee, U.S.[1]
Years active2019–present

Jake Hoot (born July 7, 1988) is an American country singer. He is the winner of season 17 of the American talent competition The Voice at the age of 31.[2]

Early life

Jake Hoot was born on July 7, 1988, in Texas.[1] Jake is one of nine siblings in his family. He is the second oldest to his parents Aaron and Stacey Hoot, who are Christian missionaries. At the age of nine, he relocated with his family to the Dominican Republic where his parents continued their mission for a full decade from 1998 to 2008. He learned the guitar and began singing there, developed a fluency in Spanish and played in the Dominican baseball league for a year. Upon returning to the States, he was homeschooled, then in 2009 he attended Tennessee Tech University. He had a back-up role in Tennessee Tech's football offensive line during his first season in 2010. He went on to graduate with a degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2013 and found a job at a local media production company, at the same time pursuing his music career with many local gigs that built some popularity for him.[3]


The Voice (2019)

In 2019, Hoot entered the 17th season of The Voice. In his blind audition, He sang "When It Rains It Pours" by Luke Combs. Only Kelly Clarkson turned her chair and Jake was defaulted to Team Kelly. He made it to the finale and won the competition on December 17, 2019.

  – Studio version of performance was the most streamed song on Apple Music
Stage Song Original artist Order Result
Blind Auditions "When It Rains It Pours" Luke Combs 3.2 Only Kelly Clarkson Turned, Joined Team Kelly by default
Battles (Top 48) "Always on My Mind" (vs. Steve Knill) Brenda Lee 9.3 Saved by Coach
Knockouts (Top 32) "Cover Me Up" (vs. Melinda Rodriguez) Jason Isbell 11.2
Live Playoffs (Top 20) "You Lie" Reba McEntire 15.15 Saved by Public
Live Top 13 "Danny's Song" Loggins and Messina 17.12
Live Top 11 "Every Light in the House" Trace Adkins 19.10
Live Top 10 "That Ain't My Truck" Rhett Akins 21.5
Live Semifinals (Top 8) "Up Where We Belong" (duet with Marybeth Byrd) Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes 23.
"Desperado" Eagles 23.8
Live Finale (Final 4) "Wintersong" with (Kelly Clarkson) Sarah McLachlan 25.7 Winner
"Better Off Without You" (original song) Jake Hoot 25.2
"Amazed" Lonestar 25.9

After The Voice

"Better Off Without You", his coronation-winning song written by Hoot himself, became his first single. Hoot made his Grand Ole Opry debut on February 4, 2020.[3]

Personal life

Hoot married Jessica Lynn Steele, an Emergency Room nurse, in 2013 and had a daughter, Macy, born in 2015. He released some songs on YouTube singing to his daughter. The couple divorced in 2017. On March 7, 2021, he married Brittney Hoyt.[4]



Year Single Peak chart positions

Country Digital

2019 "Better Off Without You" 36[5]
2021 "I Would've Loved You" (feat. Kelly Clarkson) 10

Other charted songs

Year Songs Peak chart positions
2019 "Desperado" 38[6]
"Wintersong" 30[5]
"Amazed" 50[5]


  1. ^ a b "Jake Hoot: The Voice Contestant - NBC.com". NBC.
  2. ^ Melas, Chloe. "Jake Hoot wins Season 17 of 'The Voice'". CNN.
  3. ^ a b John, Caroline (December 18, 2019). ""The Voice" Winner Jake Hoot Wiki, Ex-Wife, Girlfriend, Family, Education and Facts to Know".
  4. ^ Vaughn, Grace Lenehan (March 12, 2021). "Jake Hoot Marries Brittney Hoyt In Tennessee Wedding". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Hot Country Songs". Billboard. December 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "Hot Country Songs". Billboard. December 21, 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by The Voice (American)

2019 (Fall)
Succeeded by
Preceded by The Voice (American)
Winner's song
"Better Off Without You"

2019 (Fall)
Succeeded by
"Long Way Home"