December 15, 2021

South Bend-based band Girl Named Tom wins NBC’s The Voice


irl Named Tom performing Fleetwood Mac's “The Chain” on NBC’s The Voice on Dec. 13. - (Captured via YouTube / NBC’s The Voice)

irl Named Tom performing Fleetwood Mac's “The Chain” on NBC’s The Voice on Dec. 13.

(Captured via YouTube / NBC’s The Voice)

South Bend-based band Girl Named Tom is taking home the grand prize on The Voice, NBC’s singing competition reality show, after coming in first place Tuesday night.

The trio made history as the first non-solo act to win in the show’s 21 seasons and the first act to have four songs on the iTunes top 10 list at the same time. They are walking away with a recording contract and $100,000.

Girl Named Tom is made up of three siblings — Caleb, Joshua and Bekah Liechty.

They grew up in the small northwest Ohio town of Pettisville. But Caleb and Joshua both graduated from Goshen College, and all three have been based in South Bend since last March.

In a statement posted to the band’s Twitter account late Tuesday night, the siblings said they had “achieved the impossible” but would be flying to Ohio “as soon as possible.”

Their father has been battling cancer since 2017 and is currently recovering from a surgery. The statement also said that it’s “NOT a goodbye” and that the siblings have dozens of new songs they “cannot wait to share.”

The trio closed out The Voice’s 21st season with two Dec. 13 performances: Fleetwood Mac's “The Chain” and The Foundations' “Baby Now That I've Found You.” 

And on Dec. 14, they were crowned winners after getting the most votes from viewers at home.

Girl Named Tom worked with show judge Kelly Clarkson after advancing into the competition back in September following a showstopping performance of Crosby, Stills & Nash's "Helplessly Hoping.”

The trio’s win marks the fourth time an act on Clarkson’s “team” has won a season.

You can watch the group’s final two Dec. 13 performances here:

 

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