When siblings Caleb, Joshua and Bekah Liechty fashioned their acoustic vocal trio, Woman Named Tom, they could hardly ever have imagined the alterations that awaited them.
The Liechtys had constantly been precociously gifted singers and musicians, but the team was merely supposed to be a way to have entertaining in the a long time prior to all a few siblings getting into the health-related discipline.
Then arrived the pandemic, a shift to South Bend from their hometown in Ohio and, most essential of all to their experienced aspirations, an audition for NBC’s “The Voice.”
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Achievements came in a rush during the fall of 2021.
Lady Named Tom garnered the unusual four-chair transform from the celeb judges, and the Liechtys located themselves underneath the tutelage of coach Kelly Clarkson.
Week after week, they survived elimination rounds and emerged as frontrunners. They also grew to become the to start with act on the display to have four tracks on the iTunes Leading 10 list at the similar time.
But a private grief tempered their enthusiasm. Their father, Chris Liechty, had been diagnosed with cancer in 2017, and his treatments were not likely effectively.
On Dec. 14, Female Named Tom won Season 21 of “The Voice,” the to start with time a group had carried out so.
That night, even so, the trio posted a information to Twitter in which they announced their father was “in horrific agony” immediately after a surgical procedure and that they would be flying to Ohio “as quickly as doable” to be with household.
On Jan. 27, Chris Liechty died. He was only 56.
Psalm 23 and community ties
Presently, Girl Named Tom is writing songs, playing gigs and earning options for potential recording sessions. On April 23, the trio performs two concert events (both of those presently offered out) at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana.
Chris built his little ones guarantee not to derail their newfound occupations by paying out much too a lot time in mourning.
He questioned them not to terminate any live shows. For the most part, they obeyed, canceling only just one clearly show that they just couldn’t provide them selves to do.
They also honor him by participating in his songs at their live shows. Chris was a prolific songwriter, and his musical setting of Psalm 23 (“The Lord Is My Shepherd”) is now a Woman Named Tom concert staple.
“It can be 1 of our favored music to sing,” Joshua explained by telephone through a automobile ride from Nashville, Tenn., to visit their hometown of Pettisville, Ohio. “It by now has those people lovely, wonderful words, and he gave it this sort of a good melody. Now, of training course, it has taken on a new indicating for us.”
It is extended been element of their repertoire and was one of the initially tracks the siblings at any time organized as a trio.
“When we were just starting up as a band, he claimed that he puzzled what we could possibly do with Psalm 23,” Bekah explained. “It was just one of the earliest tracks to make our setlist. We have played it in a area for 12 people and we just played it at a pageant with 2,700 people today. It touches a lot of hearts.”
Each brothers are graduates of Goshen University, and Bekah was to follow in their footsteps till she deferred acceptance in buy to emphasis on Woman Named Tom.
The siblings moved to South Bend in get to be closer to Joshua’s then-girlfriend who was learning at Indiana University South Bend. Whilst they have now decamped for Nashville as their headquarters, South Bend will constantly be critical to them.
They hunkered down to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic and publish tunes alongside one another in their South Bend property, and South Bend was their formal town when they commenced on “The Voice.”
“Being in Nashville will make our lives a lot much easier. We’ll start our excursions from there, and which is where our management is,” Joshua claimed. “We appreciate becoming part of the music scene there.”
Producing and doing
By the finish of their run on “The Voice,” the Liechtys have been singing tracks that have been preferred for them by Clarkson and the network’s group. Now, they are absolutely in manage of those conclusions all over again.
“For these shows, we’re accomplishing most of the favorites that we sang on ‘The Voice,’ as properly as a whole lot of our personal first music,” Bekah explained. “It truly is a blend of the common and a large amount of points our viewers has by no means heard just before. Most of our new songs haven’t even been recorded however.”
Caleb is now 27, Joshua turned 25 on Easter and Bekah is 21. All a few are maturing as songwriters. Caleb explained their composing procedure.
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“Typically, 1 sibling will flesh out an thought as a lot as doable and then convey it to the other two siblings, and with each other we just take it to a new level,” Caleb claimed. “Not too long ago, while, we have been experimenting with making songs together from scratch. We all have our diverse strengths as writers.”
All a few enjoy a number of devices at a substantial level, competencies that were de-emphasised on “The Voice” in get to concentration additional on the vocals. The instrumental prowess — such as Bekah’s high facility with the flute — still will come as a surprise to lots of enthusiasts who know the siblings only as singers.
“We have been attempting our tracks in diverse approaches, figuring out which arrangement serves the music the greatest,” Caleb mentioned. “Commonly, that suggests me on guitar though Bekah and Joshua make your mind up how to incorporate their individual instruments and voices.”
“It comes down to what the track is inquiring for,” Joshua claimed. “Is it asking for a harmonica? A piano solo? A flute solo?”
“I’m usually pulling for a flute solo,” Bekah reported with a chortle.
The trio’s sweet location has generally been shut harmony in a mellow, acoustic placing. They have been functioning on a even more dimension: rocking out.
“We’re touring with a bassist and a drummer now, and with them on board, we can tap into a better degree of strength,” Joshua said. “It really is been so a lot enjoyable to have this bigger ceiling in terms of how significantly seem we can deliver.”
• Who: Woman Named Tom
• Exactly where: Blue Gate Theatre, 105 E. Middlebury St., Shipshewana
• When: 1 and 8 p.m. April 23
• Charge: sold out (both of those reveals)
• For much more data: Simply call 260-768-4725 or visit thebluegate.com.