VOICE Coaches Share Church Experiences After Pastor Turns Four Chairs
By Allyson Vannatta, Staff Writer
Todd Tilghman, a church pastor in Mississippi, got all four chairs to turn during his audition for the hit NBC show THE VOICE.
Almost immediately after beginning to sing “We’ve Got Tonight” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Tilghman got the chairs of coaches Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson to turn.
About halfway through his audition, the fourth and final chair of coach John Legend turned.
After the song was over, Legend asked him to tell them about himself. He started off by talking about his family.
“Most importantly, I am married for 21 years to my beautiful wife Brooke. We have eight kids,” said Tilghman.
Then he revealed he’s never performed in front of an audience
“I’ve literally never performed. I just sing at church. I pastor a church.”
Legend replied, “My grandfather was our pastor. My mother was the choir director. I was at church on Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, sometimes Friday night.”
Jonas joined in and said, “Todd. I’m a PK, so I’m actually a pastor’s kid. My most fond memories were with my dad at the piano singing praise and worship songs.”
Clarkson also shared she grew up singing in church.
Although Shelton didn’t comment on his church experiences, he did add, “You are so amped up, and it reminds me why I continue to want to be a coach on this show is to work with people like you.”
The comment must have been enough to sway Tilghman towards the six-time winning coach because he picked Shelton to be his coach.
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