Girl Named Tom History-Making The Voice Win is Joyous and Bittersweet

THE VOICE -- "Live Finale" Episode 2119B -- Pictured: (l-r) Girl Named Tom, Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
Pictured: (l-r) Girl Named Tom, Kelly Clarkson — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Sibling trio Girl Named Tom, featuring Caleb (26), Joshua (24) and Bekah (20) Liechty from Pettisville, Ohio, and currently living in South Bend, Indiana, were crowned the champions of The Voice season 21 Tuesday night (Dec 14). The are the first singing group to win The Voice.

The win is coach Kelly Clarkson’s fourth, including Jake Hoot (Season 17), Chevel Shepherd (Season 15) and Brynn Cartelli (Season 14)

Girl Named Tom faced  competition from the other finalists – Hailey Mia, also from Team Kelly Clarkson, Wendy Moten and Paris Winningham from Team Blake Shelton, and Jershika Maple from Team John Legend. (Read our Recap)

On Monday night’s telecast (Dec 13), Girl Named Tom showed their range with two classics – “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” by The Foundations (Alison Krauss version) and “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac (Read our Recap).

On the finale, Kelly joined Caleb, Joshua and Bekah on stage for a cover of “Leave Before You Love Me” by Marshmello and the Jonas Brothers.

Girl Named Tom broke iTunes records

Girl Named Tom is the first act in the 21 seasons of The Voice to have four of their songs in the iTunes Top 10 at the same time. In addition, the group reached #1 twice on the main iTunes Top 200 chart with “River,” and “The Chain.”

Hits From the Road, the group’s self-titled album that was released in February, is currently #17 on the iTunes Top Albums chart, making them the first act in the show’s history to have songs also charting in the Top 200 from their own self-released album.

Girl Named Tom was the #1 most-viewed act on YouTube this season, with 8.9 million collective views. They are the first group to win The Voice.

A family illness brought the trio together

Hailing from a small town, this sibling trio was initially homeschooled where music became a big part of their curriculum. They enrolled in piano lessons at a young age and joined theater once they started attending public school. Despite their artistic upbringing, they all planned to become doctors, but things changed when their father was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2017.

When Bekah finished high school and the boys finished college, their father’s prognosis was still unknown, so they decided to spend more time as a family and formed their trio in 2019. 

A bittersweet win

And still, the win is bittersweet, as the group posted a message on social media Tuesday sharing that their father just came out of another painful surgery. The trio will fly back home to Ohio as soon as possible. They also thank their fans.  their father’s failing health:

“Dearest fans & supporters of Girl Named Tom, If you are reading this, you have achieved the impossible: you’ve made a trio win The Voice.”

“Not only have we made Voice history together, you’ve helped fulfill three siblings’ dreams & encouraged us to keep dreaming big. You’ve embraced the people we are and the music we’ve created, affirming our belief in ourselves and in what we do. For that we thank you.”

“As we are writing this statement, our dad is in horrific pain following yet another surgery. The only reason we are sti in Los Angeles is that our parents want us out here, doing what we love. We cannot wait to finally all be in the same room. No matter the result on Tuesday night, we will be flying back to them as soon as possible.”

“Some might think that this is the worst timing – our father taking such a downward spiral at the exact moment of our success on national TV. In truth, we feel fortunate and blessed by this joyful distraction. The Voice has given our family opportunities to connect, reflect, and marvel at the love we have for each other.”

“Thank you to everyone at The Voice and everyone listening now for continuing to love and care for the suffering. We have felt your compassion and humanity throughout this whole process. Not only do you believe in us, we believe in you. Keep being positive, hope-filled beams of light in every corner of the world.”

“Of course, this is NOT a goodbye. We have dozens of new songs that we cannot wait to share with you. We love you, we are grateful to you, and we hope you have a special holiday season.”

See you in 2022!
Caleb, Joshua, and Bekah
aka Girl Named Tom

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