Randy Houser Is Engaged

07/29/2011 at 03:05 PM EDT

Randy Houser and Jessa Lee Yantz Are Engaged
Randy Houser and Jessa Yantz
Alicia Katy Photography
Country star Randy Houser has officially locked down his duet partner.

The musician, 34, popped the question to fellow singer-songwriter Jessa Lee Yantz, 29, he tells PEOPLE exclusively. They are planning an intimate destination wedding in the Dominican Republic.

"I finally found the person that I can't be without," says Houser. "Jessa makes me a better person every day, and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with her."

Buzz about the engagement began on July 22, after Yantz's sister, Alicia, Tweeted her congratulations. A slew of fan inquiries followed.

"I had no idea anyone would care that I'm engaged," joked the ACM nominee whose chart-toppers include "Boots On" and "Anything Goes." "But I want to thank everyone for their outreach and support regarding the news of our engagement."

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