Todd Tilghman
Born (1978-01-03) January 3, 1978 (age 43)
Meridian, Mississippi
Occupation(s)Singer, Pastor
Years active2020–present

Todd Tilghman (born January 3, 1978) is an American pastor singer. He is the winner of season 18 of American talent competition The Voice. At the age of 42, he became the oldest winner in the series history, a record previously held by Josh Kaufman.[1]

Personal life

Tilghman has been singing in church since he was eight years old.[1] He is married to his high school sweetheart, Brooke, and is the father of eight children. Since 2011, he has been the lead pastor of Cornerstone Church in Meridian.[2][3] Tilghman's eldest son, Eagan Tilghman, was a contestant on NBC's Making It.

The Voice

Tilghman auditioned to The Voice in its 18th season with the song "We've Got Tonight". It was broadcast on February 24, 2020 turning all four chairs of judges Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and John Legend. He became part of Team Blake.

He has the distinction of being the first artist to be aired that season and the first artist to be aired as being unanimously selected by the judges (however, this is not necessarily the case as the auditions are aired out of order). He decided to compete in the team coached by Blake Shelton, proving to do the expected. His voice took him straight to the winners circle.[2]

The performances of Tilghman were:

Stage Date Song Original Artist Order Result
Blind Auditions Feb. 24, 2020 "We've Got Tonight" Bob Seger 1.1 All four chairs turned; Joined Team Blake
Battle Rounds Apr. 6, 2020 "Ghost in This House" (vs. Jon Mullins) Shenandoah 8.3 Saved by Coach
Knockout Rounds Apr. 13, 2020 "Anymore" (vs. Cam Spinks) Travis Tritt 9.5
Live Playoffs (Top 17) May 4, 2020 "Glory of Love" Peter Cetera 12.17 Saved by the Public
Live Semifinals (Top 9) May 11, 2020 "Love, Me" Collin Raye 14.3
Live Finale (Top 5) May 18, 2020 "I Can Only Imagine" MercyMe 16.2 Winner
"Long Way Home" (original song) Todd Tilghman 16.6
May 19, 2020 "Authority Song" (with Blake Shelton) John Mellencamp 18.11

Awards and recognition

On May 23, 2020 an entire advertising section of the Meridian Star was devoted to him. It includes tributes by various local businesses, colleges and individuals including Meridian native Sela Ward.[4]

A drive-thru parade honoring Tilghman was scheduled for Thursday evening, May 28, 2020. The parade began at the Meridian Police Department on 22nd Avenue where participants driving vehicles with decorations honoring his win on "The Voice" drove toward Dumont Plaza, where Tilghman and his family were stationed. The event was hosted by the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation; Visit Meridian; and the City of Meridian.[5]



Year Single Peak positions Album
2020 "Long Way Home" [1] Non-album releases by The Voice
"Authority Song" with Blake Shelton


  1. ^ a b Anderson, Italiana (18 May 2020). "'The Voice' winner Todd Tilghman Q&A: 'I felt kind of an inner pull to try something new'". Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, Mississippi. Retrieved 26 May 2020. For seven weeks, Todd Tilghman, 41, lead pastor of Cornerstone Church in Meridian, has tugged on the heartstrings of America with his genuine, soulful tone.
  2. ^ a b Owens, Cheryl (5 May 2020). "Meridian's Todd Tilghman advances on 'The Voice'". Meridian Star. Meridian, Mississippi. Retrieved 6 May 2020. Tilghman sang for judges, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend his rendition of Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s “We’ve Got Tonight” during “The Voice” blind auditions back in February receiving the first four chair turn of season 18. However, since the auditions aren't aired in order, he likely didn't receive the first four chair turn chronologically.
  3. ^ Owens, Cheryl (ed.) (20 July 2018). "Worship Site Profile: Cornerstone Church". Meridian Star. Meridian, Mississippi. Retrieved 6 May 2020.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Todd Tilghman". C:Todd. Meridian, Mississippi: The Meridian Star. 23 May 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  5. ^ Graham, Bill (25 May 2020). "Todd Tilghman to be honored with drive thru parade in Meridian Thursday". Meridian Star. Meridian, Mississippi. Retrieved 25 May 2020. Todd Tilghman, the pastor who won the national singing competition “The Voice” last week, will be honored with a drive thru parade in downtown Meridian on Thursday.
Awards and achievements Preceded byJake Hoot The Voice (American)Winner2020 (Spring) Succeeded byCarter Rubin Preceded by"Better Off Without You" The Voice (American)Winner's song"Long Way Home"2020 (Spring) Succeeded by"Up From Here"