‘The Voice’ Winner Girl Named Tom Mourns the Loss Of Their Father: ‘We Are Hurting’

The trio revealed the devastating news with fans on Instagram.


Lauren Jo Black

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January 31, 2022


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Sibling trio Girl Named Tom, who was crowned champion of Season 21 of The Voice, revealed that their father, Chris Liechty, has died. 

Chris was battling terminal cancer and Josh (24), Caleb (26), and Bekah Liechty (20) were open about their father’s illness while on the show. On Sunday (Jan. 30), the group took to social media to share the news of their father’s passing with fans via video. 


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“Key points: 1. Thank you. 2. We are hurting. 3. We are okay,” they captioned the clip. 

“We just wanted to come out here and say thank you so much for all of your condolences, sympathy, kindness that you’ve showered us with [through] this whole process,” Bekah shares in the video, which was filmed backstage at the trio’s show at The Holland Theatre in Bellafontaine, Ohio. 

Caleb continues, “Yeah, we have three shows the weekend after our father passed. You may be wondering, ‘Why we would do that?’ We are too, sort of. But we went to get them out of the way, so we can really throw ourselves into processing his death and planning his memorial service, which is coming up in the next weekend. So, that’s really important to us.” 

Girl Named Tom; Photo Photo by Michael Rozman, Warner Bros.
Girl Named Tom; Photo Photo by Michael Rozman, Warner Bros.

Girl Named Tom canceled only one show (on Thursday, Jan. 27) because they admittedly “couldn’t do it,” however, Joshua went on to explain how they continued on with their previously scheduled concerts because it’s what their father wanted them to do. 

“And he really wanted us to do these shows,” Joshua says. “He was talking about his death, and he was like, ‘Do not let my death deter you from doing these shows.’ He didn’t get his wish on Thursday night, we canceled one, Sorry dad.”

“He’ll be with us tonight,” Joshua continues to say. “And so we’re just happy to be able to sing while we’re still here, and sing for him, and for everybody else, too.”

Although it was heartbreaking to endure, Girl Named Tom kept fans in the loop throughout their father’s cancer battle. Following their big win on The Voice, they revealed that his condition had worsened and that they immediately left Los Angeles to be by his side. 

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While on the show, the group even performed the Glen Campbell classic “Wichita Lineman” in his honor and later revealed that their decision 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,” Bekah said at the time. 

Three weeks after their crowning moment, the group appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where they recalled the moment they were reunited with their family after their big win. 

“Not even 24 hours after we won The Voice on that stage, we got to be in the hospital room with our Dad, all of our family together and that was very surreal just to share that moment with them,” Bekah shared. 

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“They were a huge part of getting us through the experience of The Voice, and so to go back and like share love with them in that room was so special,” Caleb added.

Girl Named Tom shared plans to release new music in 2022 and hopefully embark on a tour. 

For the time being, the siblings plan to continue to mourn the loss of their beloved father. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.