The Voice season 21 winners, the sibling trio Girl Named Tom, are honoring their late father on social media. Their father, Christopher Leichty, died on January 27 of a rare form of cancer. According to his obituary, he was 56 years old.
Part of the group’s backstory was how the trio pursued their dreams as their father battled a rare form of cancer, diagnosed in 2017. After The Voice crowned the Team Kelly Clarkson group the winner back in December, the siblings, Joshua, Bekah and Caleb Liechty rushed back home to be at his bedside. Mr. Leichty had just undergone surgery and suffered from “horrific pain.”
On Thursday (Feb 10), Girl Named Tom posted a heartfelt message with a couple of sweet throwback photos.
“Everywhere we go, Dad will have a front row seat”
“We are heartbroken with our father’s passing,” they write. “It’s been 2 weeks now since his last breath and we are taking time to feel his absence. Leaning on each other and letting tears fall, as our hearts break over and over. At the same time, we remember his joy. We feel his smile and we let the laughter ring – how did we get so lucky to have him as our dad? A genuine, kind, wonderful man.”
The message continues: “As we reflect on his life, we are finding even more purpose in what we do as Girl Named Tom. Even in his last days, our dad made sure to tell us to go on and play the shows we had coming up in Ohio. This tells you just how deeply he loved us and believed in us. That’s something we will carry with us. Everywhere we go, Dad will have a front row seat. When the magic happens, he’s there. When we break down in the green room, he’s there. We are not leaving him behind, we are taking him with us. It is an honor to carry on his legacy.”
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After their father’s death, the group only canceled the concert scheduled on the day he died. Girl Named Tom went on to keep their weekend dates, in honor of their dad.
“We have three shows the weekend after our father passed,” Caleb explained at the time of his death, “Which you may be wondering why we would do that. We are too sort of. But we want to be able to get them out of the way so that we can really throw ourselves into processing, his death and planning for his memorial service, which is coming up in the next weekends. That’s really important to us.”
Meanwhile, the siblings will perform at the Iron City Bham in Birmingham, Alabama on February 20. They also have dates scheduled for March, April and May. Check out their tour schedule HERE.