Here’s Why Girl Named Tom Gave Away Their Winning ‘The Voice’ Trophy

Girl Named Tom solidified their names in the music industry when they became the first-ever trio to be crowned winners…


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 18, 2023

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Girl Named Tom; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Girl Named Tom solidified their names in the music industry when they became the first-ever trio to be crowned winners of NBC’s singing competition show, The Voice. To show their gratitude for their hometown and everyone who has supported them along their musical journey, the band returned to their roots and gifted their Season 21 trophy to their high school in Pettisville, OH.

Siblings Bekah, Joshua, and Caleb Liechty recently took to Instagram to highlight a few moments from this celebratory event. Their caption read, “Handing The Voice trophy over to where it belongs: our small but mighty hometown, Pettisville, OH! 🏆”

They continued their post by sharing how they hope this trophy will benefit the current and future students of their high school. 

“As you pass through the halls of the school, we hope this trophy is a reminder…
– of what can happen when people come together!
– ‘small town’ does not mean ‘small opportunity’ 
– it sure does take a village to raise children!
– The Liechty siblings are forever grateful for the love Pettisville has poured into their family and their harmony trio, Girl Named Tom. What an honor to be on the Pettisville sign!
– everyone has unique gifts, let’s use them well, and cheer each other on!!! GO BLACKBIRDS ✨”

From the moment Girl Named Tom stepped into their auditions for the singing competition, they captured the hearts of both the judges and viewers. Along with their talented vocals, they caught the attention of their budding fanbase with their heartbreaking story of how their band came to be.

The siblings originally had imagined themselves growing up to be doctors, and Caleb and Josh even earned degrees in biochemistry. However, that all changed when they learned of their father’s cancer diagnosis in 2017. After some much-needed family time, their band eventually formed and this new career path landed them a spot on Kelly Clarkson’s team. 

Girl Named Tom with Kelly Clarkson; Photo via Twitter
Girl Named Tom with Kelly Clarkson; Photo via Twitter

Girl Named Tom ultimately chose to work with the “Since U Been Gone” singer throughout the season on The Voice, but they also had the option of working with any of the judges after receiving a four-chair turn from Clarkson, John Legend, Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton. 

“We weren’t sure reality TV was for us,” Caleb told ET in 2021. “But we fell in love with it when we got here. And we really were like, ‘OK, we wanna win this thing.’”

Throughout the season, the trio covered songs by Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Glen Campbell, Ingrid Andress, and Coldplay (just to name a few).

They returned to The Voice on Tuesday (Dec. 13) to perform their original holiday tune, “One More Christmas” on the star-studded Season 22 finale. This performance was dedicated to their dad who unfortunately lost his battle with terminal cancer in January of 2022.

The song they sang together is featured on their eight-song EP of the same name, which dropped on November 11, 2022. The project includes covers of holiday classics such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bell Rock-Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “What Child Is This,” along with four original songs, “One More Christmas,” “Isn’t That What Christmas Is For” “Homesick Melody” and “It’s Almost Christmas!”

Girl Named Tom also recently finished up their winter tour on December 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Their next appearance is set for March 9 at Celebration Hall in Kalona, IA. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.