The Voice season 17 winner Jake Hoot is engaged.
The country singer proposed to his girlfriend Brittney Nicole Hoyt on Sept. 20 during a trip to her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. Jake, who won season 17 with coach Kelly Clarkson in December 2019, surprised his fiancée and got down on bended knee in front of her family and his mother.
The engagement was a surprise
?I knew how important being around family was to Britt, and with her birthday coming up, I knew it would be the perfect time to do it!? Jake told People magazine. ?She’s one of seven, so arranging everyone to fly in and it still be a surprise was tough, but we all coordinated how it would happen, and it went off without a hitch!?
The planned proposal was a surprise, but when Brittney saw her family assembled, she realized what was going on. ?She lost it!” Jake told People. “I had to keep her moving forward because she was crying and trying to fall down on me!? Jake continued. ?Then after I popped the question, we were both so emotional that I almost had to wrestle her arm to put the ring on her hand!”
About her ring, Brittney said, ?It is my dream ring! A striking oval diamond with small dainty diamonds all around the band. It’s more than I could’ve ever dreamed of,” Brittney said, who is a labor and delivery nurse and runs the nonprofit The Radiant Initiative.
The couple’s engagement comes seven years after they first met as wedding singers at their best friend’s wedding. ?We went our separate ways and were brought back into each other’s lives while doing missions in Nicaragua,? they said.
A mission in Nicaragua brought them together
?I knew from [the time] we reconnected in Nicaragua!? Jake said of when he knew Brittney was the one. ?Her heart for others and love for God made me fall in love with her. I’m so glad God blessed the broken road that brought us back around to each other numerous times!?
?I also knew when we reconnected in Nicaragua. Jake and I had known each other for years, even though I had always loved many things about him, it always felt like the right person, wrong time. It was a love out of time,? Brittney said. ?This time in Nicaragua it was as though the blinders fell off my eyes, he was the right person, right time. I love Jake’s heart for the Lord, how consistent he is no matter who he is around, I love his heart for missions, the poor, I love his humility, his integrity, I knew he was someone I could build a life with.”
Jake is the father of a 5 year old daughter. ?Macy LOVES Brittney!? Jake said.
In the meantime, Jake has been working on new music. ?I have been writing a lot, and working on an upcoming album that is set to release in November. Also have been spending time with Brittney and Macy!”