WINSLOW -- A singer with ties to Casa Grande will be a featured performer at the Standin’ on the Corner music festival in Winslow Sept. 24 and 25.

Jake Hoot, winner of Season 17 of “The Voice” televised singing competition, is married to former Casa Grande resident Brittney Hoyt.

He is scheduled as the special guest performer of the festival and will be on stage from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

“He is so excited to perform in Arizona,” said Casa Grande resident Vicki Hoyt, Brittney’s mother. “They will stay in Casa Grande with the band during the festival.”

Hoyt said Hoot had been looking for an Arizona performance venue when he was asked to perform at the Standin’ on the Corner Festival.

“He has been very busy performing a lot and doors are opening for him,” Hoyt said.

The Standin’ on the Corner Festival begins at 2 p.m. at 523 W. Second St. in Winslow.

The family-friendly event features two days of live music, a beer garden, arts and crafts vendors, live auction, horseshoe and cornhole tournaments, food trucks and various other activities.

Other live performances at the festival on Friday, Sept. 24, include the bands Better than Nothing, Tommy Dukes, Mogollon and Conjunto Ambicion.

As well as Hoot, Saturday’s entertainment includes High Desert Dance Academy, Gavin Torel, the Eagles Experience band and Retro Connection.

The festival is organized by the Standin’ on the Corner Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports the community.

The festival is named after the song “Take It Easy,” written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Fry and recorded by the Eagles, with Frey on lead vocals. The song includes a section in the lyrics that says “I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, And such a fine sight to see, It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me.”

The Standin’ on the Corner Foundation was organized in 1997 to commemorate the song.

Hoot and Hoyt married in April.

Written by Jake Hoot. Video shot by 3rd Lion Productions.

Nadine is a song about a timeless love story, one that has passed the test of time and has been an example to many generations. I met Miss Nadine on a recent trip to Arizona and was so taken back by her and her love story with Hack. After leaving her home, I knew I had to write something about it. When I originally wrote the song, I had no intentions of anyone hearing the song but Miss Nadine, and her family. However now after seeing how so many people have be touched and impacted by her story, I could not be more excited to release the music video so that the world can see a true love story unfold.

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Don’t let his larger-than-life presence fool you. Jake Hoot may stand 6’6”, but the reigning Season 17 Champion of NBC’s “The Voice” is just as genuine and sweet natured as ever. 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. With the release of his most recent single, “Dangerous Thing” the country crooner is solidifying his sound and ‘creating something familiar yet fresh for fans of different styles or eras of country music.’ (Wide Open Country)

The Team Kelly Clarkson contestant amassed a fiercely loyal following during his time on the show thanks to his authentic delivery of straight-from-the-soul music. Much of this and his sincere humility could be attributed to his unique and adventurous life growing up as the 2nd of 9 siblings to Baptist Missionary parents. Born in Texas, 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.

There is no denying that Hoot has a heart of a philanthropist and gives back as much as possible. During his stint on The Voice, Hoot created a charitable merchandise line and was able to donate more than $15,000 to local organizations in his hometown of Cookeville, TN. Following the deadly tornadoes that hit Middle, Tennessee on March 3rd, Hoot released an uplifting song entitled “Tennessee Strong” which reached Top 10 in the iTunes Country Singles chart with and Top 35 on the iTunes All-Genre Chart. All proceeds from the streams and downloads of the track benefit Tornado survivors.

Currently amassing over 2 million Apple Music and Spotify streams, nearly 70K downloads and celebrating his recent 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.”

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Last year, after visiting Casa Grande for the first time, Hoot wrote and recorded a song and video about local resident Nadine Hackler and her husband, Melvin “Hack” Hackler, who died in 2017.

The song, “Nadine,” tells the story of their life and their love of dancing with one another.

The Hacklers’ son, Greg, is one of the organizers of the Standin’ on the Corner Festival, Hoyt said.

More information about the festival is online at


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at