The Voice season 17 winner Jake Hoot has just dropped a new music video for his song “Tennessee Strong.” The idea came to the Team Kelly Clarkson member while he was flying to Nicaragua, and right after the devastating tornado ripped through Nashville and Jake’s current hometown of Cookeville on March 3.
“I just remember seeing all these posts about #CookevilleStrong, #NashvilleStrong, #LebanonStrong, and thought, “Why aren’t we united in this?’ I also remember being so devastated at the pictures and posts from so many that had lost so much, but was blown away at the response of so many others who came together to take care of one another,” Jake told CMT, where the video premiered. “The hours and hours people stood in line to give blood, the thousands and thousands of volunteers who showed up to help clean through the rubble, and the first responders who worked for days and days to try and help every single person that they could. I was just speechless.”
Jake explained that he wrote much of the new song while he was still in the air. “Then when I got back, Jimmy Fortune, Charles Pevahouse and I wrote the melody and finished the lyrics,” he said. Alejandro Medina shot the video in Cookeville, about 80 miles east of Nashville. The town was one of the Tennessee communities hardest hit.
“I hope that people who see the video not only feel led to donate to these families, and see that there are still so many that are being affected, but also to be proud of the state and country that they live in,” he said, “where there are still so many amazing people.
“And most importantly is to remember and never forget that God is in control.”
All of the proceeds from the downloads and streams of the song will go towards the official Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.