Jake Hoot Covers ‘La Bamba’ and Simply Has Way Too Much Fun [Exclusive Premiere]
Jake Hoot says he hopes his music video for "La Bamba" brings a smile during a difficult year, and frankly, if you're frowning after watching this clip, you're probably just upside-down.
The Season 17 winner of The Voice chose Taste of Country to premiere his new Alejandro Medina-directed music video, and he asked several of his NBC co-stars to join him for the party. Ricky Duran plays lead guitar and adds vocals, while Alex Guthrie, Max Boyle, Gracie Shriver and more add gang vocals near the end.
Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Hoot says the song Ritchie Valens made famous meant a lot to him.
"I used to sing this song with my siblings all the time, and even now every time I play it, it brings back so many memories," he shares. "'La Bamba' is such a timeless song, one that's been covered by some incredible artists over the years, and now I am so honored to finally fulfill one of my dreams and put my own spin on it."
Much of the footage of this music video is from the studio, where the musicians either distance themselves from one another or wear masks, or both. Fans get a real look at the Tennessee resident's personality as he romps around the room, greeting guests and giving fiancee Brittney Hoyt a big kiss. Hoot speaks fluent Spanish, so he needed no help with the translation.
"When coming up with the concept for the video, we had discussed something like the old 'We Are the World' videos that they made for Africa and Haiti, but to make it a little more upbeat," he says of his partnership with 3rd Lion Productions. "And (Medina) captured my vision perfectly."
Hoot was on Kelly Clarkson's team during his 2019 season on television. Earlier this year he made his Grand Ole Opry debut, and on Father's Day, he shared a music video for a song called "Best Job I Ever Had."
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