11 Questions With ‘The Voice’ Winner Todd Tilghman: EXCLUSIVE

We already know plenty about Todd Tilghman, like the fact that he won Season 18 of The Voice, is happily married to his wife, Brooke, has eight children, and was a pastor in Meridian, Mississippi before relocating to just outside of Nashville to focus on music full-time. But of course there is more to know about Tilghman, so we asked him 11 of our burning questions. Keep reading to find out more about the rising star.

1. What is your favorite TV show?

I have about 15 favorite TV shows, but I’m going to go with The Office, I guess. I love The Office.  I’ve always loved it, but I also love Seinfeld.

2. What was the hardest part of being on The Voice?

The hardest part of being on The Voice, honestly, was just the intense amount of intimidation and anxiety. All those people were so great, and all of those knew what they were … almost all of them. They knew that they performed and I did not. And so, it was really intimidating. That may be the hardest part.

3. What is your best childhood memory?

I lost my Granny when I was 11. And I just remember her making biscuits with syrup and butter.  I remember she used to make — people say rice pudding. It was not rice pudding. It was literally just white rice with butter and sugar. And we loved it. I remember I would be in the room with her while she would sew. I can remember hearing her pray. So I would say my grandmother,

4. What’s your favorite food?

As embarrassed as I am to say it out loud, I’m going to go with cake. I just love cake. I have a terrible sweet tooth now. I also love steak, but my sweet tooth gives me a lot of trouble. This is going to probably get me in trouble with some people: I do not like chocolate cake very much. I like chocolate frosting, but I don’t really like the cake to be chocolate. I love carrot cake. I love strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting on top of it. Oh man, I just love it.

5. What is your biggest pet peeve?

That is actually a really hard one. I’m not a stickler, but I do have a lot of little things that I don’t fuss or anything, but just inwardly, they sort of annoy me. But the biggest one — God forgive me — is my wife will not squeeze the toothpaste … she squeezes it from the middle. Please, just please stop, please. We literally can have two different toothpastes, I don’t care. You squeeze from the end.

6. What do you do that bugs her?

“First of all, she would say 100 things. I’ll leave my boots by my chair all the time, and my shoes by my chair … I’ll leave my stuff by the chair all the time. Honestly she would be a little bit of a hypocrite to say this, but she would still be right, I do procrastinate a lot.

7. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I would say morning person more than night owl. I’m a little bit of both. I don’t normally go to sleep or bed early, but I cannot sleep late either. And to me, and this is just personal, the sunrise is more special than the sunset, because I feel like fewer people see it, so I like that about the morning.

8. What’s the best part about Nashville?

The people that I’ve met, I would say. I cannot live in Nashville. It’s way too uptown for me. I live about an hour out, but the people that I’ve met by far. The music is wonderful, but the music is because of the people. And so I would say the people,

9. What is your favorite Bible verse?

My favorite one would be Colossians 3, and I believe it’s 12 through 14. And I’ll tell you why … because that basically just says that we have to — I’m paraphrasing, but it basically says that we have to make a deliberate effort to put on tender mercies and kindness and gentleness and humility, and to forgive people like Christ forgave us. And then at the end of it, it says, “Put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

And I think the reason that I love that so much is because it doesn’t tell us love makes us perfect, but love is the bond of perfection. And I personally believe it’s because love covers a multitude of sins,  so if love is your bond, even though we all sort of suck in our own different ways, love covers that.

10. What is your favorite hymn?

That’s hard. I love lots of them for different reasons. If I have to pick one, I would probably pick “The Old Rugged Cross.” I love “The Old Rugged Cross,” but I love the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”  I love “When the Home Gates Swing Open For Me,” and I love “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be.”

11. What is something most people don’t know about you?

I’m actually fairly introverted, which does not come across to people. But I do think when you serve a lot of years of ministry, there are a lot of times you do sort of get bitten by circumstances. People may not know that I love — they might know this though, if they follow me — I love to do nature photography. I’ll just do it on my phone; I don’t have a fancy camera, but I love that. People probably don’t know that I do all the cooking in our house, at least when I’m home, and all the laundry. I’m the laundry guy and I’m the cooking guy. Now, when I’m away, it’s sort of an every man for himself.

Tilghman’s latest single, “Jesus and You,” is out now. Download or stream it here.