Todd Tilghman Shares the Story Behind New Song, ‘PB&J’ [EXCLUSIVE]

Todd Tilghman has a brand-new song out! The Season 18 winner of The Voice just dropped “PB&J,” a song he wrote with Michael Farren and Lance Carpenter.

“I said, ‘Man, I got a song called ‘PB&J,’ and in my mind, the song was a goofy, stupid song,” Tilghman tells Everything Nash. “It was a song about the alarm clock didn’t go off …you set your alarm for PM instead of AM, you just rush out of bed, and you eat breakfast in the car and everybody’s forgetting their backpacks. You wear two different color shoes, and you rush to school and work and practice and recital and all the things. And by the time you go to bed at night, you’re just surviving on PB&J. That was the idea.”

It was Farren who suggested they write “PB&J,” but take the song in a more serious direction than Tilghman originally intended.

“It did not go goofy, stupid, scrambling through the day,” Tilghman shares. “In the room that day, it was a really very special day for me … It was a really special, emotional day that day writing the song, because we ended up just talking about all the things that come in between the things, because I think that’s the part of life that we tend to overlook.”

Although Tilghman drew inspiration for “PB&J” from his role as a father of eight children, the former pastor says the message of the song is really for anyone, parent or not.

“This song is not just for moms and dads,” Tilghman insists. “This song is for every single person that in any way, shape or form plays a role in the village that raises a child. We started really digging into how every single, those are the times that your kids are learning who they are, and they’re even gleaning from you how to be in the overlooked moments, like making PB& J sandwiches. That’s number one.”

Tilghman also found it important to use “PB&J” as an encouragement to others, especially those who feel like they are not excelling at raising their children.

“It became really important to us — I actually was saying, at our house, sometimes Lunchables become Dinnerables,” Tilghman says with a laugh. “And that made it into the second verse. So, it became important to also point out that, I realize that you probably think you’re not doing that great of a job because you’re looking at social media … You’re looking at everyone’s highlight reel, and maybe even how your parents might have done it, and some of the things that you think they did well that maybe you’re not so great at.

“We started wanting to point out that you’re probably doing better than you think,” he adds. “In your mind, you might think you’re failing, but I guarantee you’re doing better than you think, just because you love them. And that’s what the song is, that we are teaching these kids that they can dream and achieve. But, but it’s not always in the big moments that those lessons are learned. It’s in the not-so-big moments.”

Perhaps surprisingly, “PB&J” was finished, with an entirely different melody, before they reworked the song into something that all three writers are rightfully proud of.

“We made a demo that day, just a piano vocal demo,” Tilghman recalls. “I got that back and I cried in the car listening to it. I love it so much.”

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