Island University Reveals Jake Hoot, ‘The Voice’ Season 17 Winner, as Homecoming 2020 Headliner

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is excited to announce Jake Hoot, Corpus Christi native and reigning Season 17 Champion of NBC’s “The Voice,” as the main entertainer for this year’s Homecoming celebration.

Hoot will headline the Homecoming Block Party, presented by Whataburger, on Saturday, Feb. 29, during a free concert at the American Bank Center, parking lot #3. The Block Party, which runs from 3-5 p.m., also includes family-friendly games and activities, a petting zoo, inflatables, food trucks, and TONS of Islander Spirit!

Hoot is known for his country style and gracious attitude. His dynamic storytelling abilities and powerful vocals led to an unprecedented run on the Emmy-award winning talent series. Shattering records left and right, Hoot’s chart-topping abilities landed him a record 6 songs in the Top 10 of the iTunes Country Singles Chart as well as a #1 song on the overall iTunes Singles Chart.

“I’m looking forward to coming back to my birthplace to play a show and see some familiar faces,” said Hoot. “Also, can’t wait to eat Whataburger again!”

Hoot will also take the stage at the Homecoming afterparty at Brewster Street Icehouse, 1724 N. Tancahua St., along with headliners Cory Morrow and the Pear Ratz. Tickets for the afterparty start at $15.

The Island University’s 50,000 alumni are invited to join in with students, faculty, staff, and the public to celebrate Homecoming 2020. Make Homecoming a social occasion using the hashtags: #islanderHOCO, #islanderforever, #tamucc, and #BluesdayTuesday. Reconnect with old friends or make new ones during the week-long festivities and be sure to dress the part with the official Homecoming 2020 t-shirts, available in the University Center Campus Store starting Monday, Feb. 24.

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Hoot’s authentic delivery of straight-from-the-soul music can be attributed to his unique and adventurous life growing up as the 2nd of 9 siblings to Baptist Missionary parents. Born in Corpus Christi, Hoot led quite the gypsy childhood having lived in Oklahoma, Haiti, and an 11-year stint in the Dominican Republic where he first learned to play guitar. Fluent in Spanish, Hoot credits his diverse musical influence to his time on the island. The singer/songwriter relocated to Tennessee at 20-years-old where he began gigging and attended Tennessee Tech University as a walk-on football player. 

Currently amassing over 1 million Apple Music streams and gearing up to make his Grand Ole Opry debut, the future proves promising for this mega-talent with a heart of gold who is known by his 4-year old daughter simply as “Daddy.” Click here, to watch Hoot perform his original song 'Better Off Without You.'