Listen to The Voice Winner Jake Hoot's "Tennessee Strong" Song to Benefit Tornado Victims
These days, as we are all coping the best we can with the coronavirus pandemic, we're taking solace in all the inspirational music we can get. We've got plenty of Keith Urban playing. We're rejoicing in the nearly 100 songs Dolly Parton has made available once again on streaming platforms. We're throwing as many impromptu dance parties—safely at home—as we can.
Now, we've got an emotional tune we'll be playing on repeat all day long: "Tennessee Strong" from country artist, Jake Hoot, winner of season 17 of NBC's The Voice. Premiered on Taste of Country, the Tennessee native's powerful warble beautifully expresses his love for his home state during this difficult time following deadly tornadoes last month.
Co-written by Hoot, along with Jimmy Fortune and Charles Pevahouse, the song captures the pain of the tornadoes which struck Nashville and middle Tennessee in early March. "Like a thief in the night and without warning / So many sleeping in their beds / Tore a path through our great city and left this morning / And we lost some precious souls we won't forget," the moving song begins, tugging at our heartstrings so. "Tennessee strong / Yeah, we care for one another / Tennessee strong / Our sisters and our brothers / If you knock us down we'll get back up / Still have faith in God we trust / That's something we can count on / Tennessee strong," Hoot belts out in the soaring chorus. Watch below.
Filmed by 3rd Lion Productions in downtown Nashville at 1200 Broadway, all proceeds from the downloads and streams of the song will benefit tornado survivors by supporting the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.
"I am blown away at the response from this song," Hoot said to Taste of Country. "Not only those who listen, but those it has helped as well. Seeing people who have reached out to say how it's bringing some comfort and peace during these hard times, is an incredible feeling."
It will surely also touch the people of Chattanooga, Tennessee who took a direct hit from an EF-3 tornado just this past weekend.
You can also listen to the song on Spotify here.
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What a poignant and meaningful song. Even so, we're certainly looking forward to hearing Hoot sing about brighter and better times ahead. How about a "Tennessee Strong" cheers to that, friends?