Hoover was born in Saint St. Petersburg, Florida, the son of Roger Lee Hoover and Kimberly Ann Hoover (née Vaughn). Hoover"s father was an amateur boxer and printmaker, his mother was a secretary. He learned to play by listening to his father"s record collection.
Hoover didn"t begin writing songs until 2003, shortly after his father died.
His first collections of songs, Golden Gloves, was dedicated to and inspired by his father.