Two of The Voice‘s winners have teamed up for one epic collaboration. Season 18 winner Todd Tilghman just joined Season 9 winner Jordan Smith, to sing a cover the chorus of one of Vince Gill‘s biggest hits, “Go Rest High On That Mountain.”
Tilghman shared a video of the song on social media. The two are currently on the road together, serving as the opening acts for Rhett Walker’s The Gospel Song and Tailgatin’ Tour.
— Todd Tilghman (@todd_tilghman) October 17, 2021
After winning The Voice, Tilghman left his job as a full-time pastor in Meridian, Mississippi to relocate to Tennessee and pursue music full-time. But while he may not serve in an official ministry capacity, the father of eight says he still believes he is called to minister, just in a different way.
“It’s almost like I’m trying to smuggle the message in,” Tilghman told Everything Nash. “Like ‘In a Heartache‘ — you love people, but it’s hard. Loving people is hard, but it’s worth it in the end. So if I had to do it all over again, I would. It’s also one of the main conversations that I’ve had with a lot of people. Especially if you look at country music — if a country artist comes out and says they’re Christian, the church goes nuts. But if a Christian person says they’re going to be a country artist, it’s like, ‘Hmm.’”
Tilghman set a new record on The Voice by being the oldest contestant to win the reality TV talent show at age 42 — a role that made him more like a parental figure than a peer to his fellow contestants.
“I did kind of garner a reputation of being the ‘Dad’ of the group,” Tilghman reflected to Authority Magazine.. “There were times when I sat by the pool with some of the younger artists, who were like 19 and 20 years old. They’d be in a crisis, and I just sit out there and talk to them. I guess I learned that while I didn’t know some of the lingo, I did have things to offer. I mean, that was a good takeaway. I even used my pastoral skills on my own self when I would get anxious, you know. I talked myself off the ledge a couple of times when I felt completely out of my element.”
Tilghman and his wife Brooke released their new book, Every Little Win: How Celebrating Small Victories Can Lead to Big Joy, in June. It is available for purchase here.*
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