Sibling trio Girl Named Tom recently made history as the first trio to win The Voice and just moments after their crowning moment, Josh, Caleb, and Bekah Liechty revealed that their father’s cancer had worsened and that they were on their way back home to be by his side.
In a new interview with People, Girl Named Tom reflected on the “surreal” moment, admitting winning the show felt “crazy” as they’ve “never felt that much attention at once.”
Shortly after their history-making win, the Liechty shared a heartbreaking update about their father’s condition, revealing that he was “in horrific pain following yet another surgery.” Girl Named Tom left Los Angles “as soon as possible” to be by his side and soon reunited with him at the hospital.
Bekah told the publication that the moment was “very sweet” and that they were thrilled to be together after spending so much time apart.
“Our parents were elated and could hardly believe that their children who were just on national television, less than 24 hours ago, winning this trophy thing, all of a sudden were back hanging out with them. It was really neat,” Joshua added.
When speaking with WTOL, Caleb said they’ve been taking turns visiting him as much a possible since they returned home.
The group was open about their father’s health struggles while on the show and even performed the Glen Campbell classic “Wichita Lineman” in his honor. They say their choice to let fans in on what was happening behind the scenes was an important one.
“…And just to share that, that’s a part of real-life too, and not everything is rosy, you know. And as we’re having successes, we’re also having, like, sorrow at the same time. And to kinda like give people a look at that,” said Bekah.
The trio also opened up about the difficult decision to stay on the show while their father was battling terminal cancer at home.
“The only thing that kept us out there in California was the fact that our parents were watching every week, and it was giving them so much hope in life,” Bekah shared. “And so in turn, it gave us a lot of life too in that aspect. It’s very much a roller coaster and calling home brought a lot to our emotional selves.”
She added, “We had to focus too on the art. But we tried to hold both and not let one take over the other. I describe it as a mountaintop experience and a valley all at the same time. It shifts all the time, but we’re no stranger to that way of life. And it’s been like that for a long time. So it’s just on a grander scale now.”
Caleb recalled calling his parents and questioned if they should leave the show.
“‘This is ridiculous,'” Caleb would often think. “‘Why are we out here? Why are we going through so much pain? Why would we keep this distance when it doesn’t have to be this way?'”
He said his parents encouraged them to stay and see the process through, and they’re glad they did.
As for what’s next for the trio, Girl Named Tom is ready to return to the studio and ultimately release a full-length album, after enjoying some downtime, of course.
“We’re definitely gonna take a couple of weeks and just let it soak in. Just focus on family time but then after the new year comes around we’re ready to get back to work. We’ve got a lot of songs we’ve written in the past couple of years that we believe in,” Joshua said.
Fans can keep up with the trio on Instagram.