Todd Tilghman Talks Life After ‘The Voice,’ New Music
Todd Tilghman won over the hearts of millions on NBC’s The Voice. The father of eight and then-lead pastor of…
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Todd Tilghman won over the hearts of millions on NBC’s The Voice. The father of eight and then-lead pastor of Cornerstone Church in Meridian, Mississippi, charmed viewers with his “country soul” music and went on to take Team Blake [Shelton] to the top, securing a win as the champion of Season 18.
After his time on the hit show, Tilghman dove head-first into his music career and even made the move from Mississippi to Tennessee to be closer to the action of Music City.
The rising star recently released a brand new single (that’s Blake Shelton-approved!), “In a Heartache,” and promises more new music is on the way.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) February 15, 2021
We recently caught up with Todd Tilghman to chat about life after The Voice, his new music and upcoming projects. Check out our exclusive Q&A below.
How has life been since The Voice?
BUSY. I’ve been writing, and recording, and moving, and performing when/where I can safely do so. I’ve been working on building relationships with people in this space, and I try to be deliberate about supporting fellow artists I’ve met through this process.
Did you relocate to the Nashville area? How are you and the family adjusting?
Yes. We moved to a tiny little town just over an hour out, Hillsboro. It’s just outside Manchester. We’re all good! It’s a new experience for all of us, and it’s certainly a leap of faith, but we’re a close family. We’ve been leaning on one another a lot.
What’s the story behind your new song, “In a Heartache?”
I wrote this song with Don Poythress and Tony Wood. Right now, it’s just so exciting to write about my own life and experiences. The premise of “In A Heartache” is that relationships are hard. In the beginning, there’s so much excitement, but over time things can get pretty rough. But would I go through all the pain and hardship again to get to where we are now? Absolutely. It’s got a distinct Southern Rock and Soul Country feel, which was my vision for it all along. Brought to life by my amazing producer, Gordon Mote.
It looks like you have been in the studio quite a bit. Do you have more music coming down the pipeline?
Yes! So much music is coming. I spend a lot of time writing and recording. The plan (as of now) is to release a single every 4-6 weeks until June. Then release an EP (or even full album) with a couple bonus tracks — possibly including some collaborations with some exciting artists.
Do you have any updates to share about your upcoming book and reality show?
The book is blazing ahead. It releases in June (thus the EP/Album release date). It’s called “Every Little Win”, and it’s actually already available for preorder. The TV thing has kind of gone quiet, for the most part. We still have conversations/interest, but that’s the one thing we kind of did NOT want to do unless it’s what we were meant to do. It’s still a possibility.
Lauren Jo Black
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.