Jake Hoot And Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy Of Jonathan Volk
Jake Hoot And Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy Of Jonathan Volk

Jake Hoot Shares The Story Of How His Kelly Clarkson Duet “I Would’ve Loved You” Came To Be

Jake Hoot shared the story of how his duet with Kelly Clarkson came together.

Hoot co-wrote the track alongside Jamie Floyd and Lonestar’s Dean Sams. “I Would’ve Loved You” will appear on Hoot’s forthcoming highly-anticipated debut EP, Love Out Of Time.The song was recorded in two separate studios, Hoot recorded his part first in Tennessee and after he completed his, they sent it off to Clarkson, and then she recorded her part in California.

In a recent interview with Everything Nash, Hoot shared the details of how “I Would’ve Loved You” came to be.

“I had met Dean at a welcome home concert that I did when I first got back from The Voice, he and the rest of Lonestar came out to play with me,” Hoot explained. “We just struck up a friendship and he would invite me over to write and one day he said ‘hey I’ve got this really great write happening in a couple days, i’d like you to be a part of it’ and I said ‘okay.’ Showed up and a girl named Jamie Floyd was there and little did I know how great of a writer she was and so we sat down and just kind of game planned and this song just happened. I think it took us maybe two or three hours to write this song, it was just quick. We were all pulling from personal experiences and past hurts and memories and what not and this song melted together.”

After writing the song with Floyd and Sams, Hoot knew that Clarkson would be the perfect pairing for the collaboration as her powerhouse vocals would give the soaring ballad a much more powerful sound.

“When we wrote it, I said, ‘I think this would be awesome if we got Kelly to sing on this,’ When I was on The Voice, she said, ‘Hey, let’s do something together,'” Hoot continued. “So I sent it to her, and didn’t hear anything. And then later on in the year, when we were seriously considering putting this on the album,  I said, ‘You know what? I’m just going to text her again,’ because I had to ask her a couple of questions about other things. So I said ‘hey can you call,’ we talked and then I asked her and I said ‘hey I sent you a song, didn’t know what you thought about it, didn’t know if you wanted to be on or a part of this project’ and she said ‘I never heard it. What song are you talking about,’ so I said ‘i’ll send it over again real quick.'”

Upon hearing the track, Clarkson signed on to be apart of it, saying: “‘I want to shout this from the rooftops. Yes, I’m in! Like, let’s get this done.'”

Hoot added, “Trying to coordinate her incredibly busy schedule with mine, recording everything and then also a wedding coming up and then having to fly to LA to record, or having to send stuff out there, it just all worked perfectly.”

After hearing the final product, Clarkson told Hoot that they should film a music video for the duet.

“Once she heard the finished project, she’s actually the one who said, let’s do a music video, so we did a music video to,” Hoot revealed. “We flew out to Los Angeles and were apart of it. So, it’s just been an incredible thing and I can’t wait for everybody to hear it.”

You watch the full interview with Hoot and Everything Nash below.

“I Would’ve Loved You” will serve as the lead single on Hoot’s forthcoming new EP, Love Out Of Time, which is available for pre-order now and will be released on January 27.

Produced by hit songwriter/producer Danny Myrick (Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Maddie & Tae), Hoot’s debut project features four original songs as well as Hoot’s recently released cover of “La Bamba.” Hoot collaborated with an all-star lineup of musicians and songwriters for Love Out Of Time including Dean Sams (Lonestar), Myrick, Jenne Fleenor (CMA Award-winning musician), Dave Pahanish (Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith), Jamie Floyd (Ingrid Andress, Lucie Silvas, Ashley Monroe) and more.

Love Out Of Time Track Listing

  1. “This Is The Night” (Written by Hoot, Danny Myrick and Kylie Sackley)
  2. “Love Out Of Time” (Written by Hoot and Dave Pahanish)
  3. “Somethin’ We Can Slow Dance To” (Written by Hoot, Danny Myrick and Olivia Rudeen)
  4. I” Would’ve Loved You feat. Kelly Clarkson” (Written by Hoot, Dean Sams and Jamie Floyd)
  5. “La Bamba” feat. Ricky Duran

Following his record-breaking win on NBC’s The Voice, Hoot has gone on to release several tracks including charitable song “Tennessee Strong,” which reached Top 10 in the iTunes Country Singles chart, Top 35 on the iTunes All-Genre Chart, and benefitted the survivors of the deadly Middle TN tornadoes. He also released debut single “Dangerous Thing,” special Father’s Day song, “The Best Job I Ever Had” and heartwarming love song, “Nadine.” Drawing inspiration from his childhood in the Dominican Republic, Hoot released a cover of “La Bamba” from his forthcoming EP on November 6th, which landed in the Top 10 on the iTunes Latin charts. Fellow Season 17 The Voice contestant Ricky Duran is featured as the lead guitarist on “La Bamba” along with 8 other contestants who lent their vocals on the track from Hoot’s winning season.

Currently amassing over 3 million Apple Music and Spotify streams, nearly 70K downloads and gearing up to make his second Grand Ole Opry appearance, the future proves bright for this mega talent with a heart of gold who is known by his 5-year-old daughter simply as daddy.

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