A lead pastor of Cornerstone Church in Meridian, Mississippi has emerged the winner of “The Voice” Tuesday night after performing MercyMe’s crossover hit “I Can Only Imagine.”
Todd Tilghman, a pastor from Mississippi made his way to the top on season 18 after advancing from nine singers.
He tweeted after his win, “I wish I knew how to say thank you. And I wish y’all knew how much I respect and admire my new friends and fellow artists/contestants on @NBCTheVoice. I don’t know how long it’ll take me to process, but I sure am #grateful for every moment.”
Todd’s performance had to be done remotely due to pandemic restrictions, and was praised as “incredible” by Shelton who happens to be one of the judges. His next performance of the competition was the Christian hit “I Can Only Imagine”.
“Pastor, we love seeing your journey throughout this whole season,” coach John Legend told him.
“His performance was so nice,” Kelly Clarkson, who happen to be one of the coaches tearfully praised him. “Literally, you are so moving. It’s because you are a pastor, because you have such a bigger belief inside you than just yourself. I would love to come to your church just to hear you speak, not only sing. You’re very special.”
The minster was surrounded by his wife of 21 years and their eight children as host Carson Daly named him the winner of the singing competition.