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Girl Named Tom's Cover of "Edelweiss" Sounds So Different From The Original

The trio put a unique spin on this musical theater classic.

By Elizabeth Logan

You've never heard "Edelweiss" like this before. Girl Named Tom, a pop trio made up of siblings Bekah, Joshua and Caleb Liechty, just recorded a raw, and uncut cover of the track, and as always, their harmonies are gorgeous.

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The first trio to ever win The Voice (Season 21, Team Kelly), the band has been on the road this year, and shared on Instagram that this song was the "fan fav of tour." They recorded the song in an empty stairwell for the acoustics, and the echo only adds to their soft, clear voices that blend perfectly.

As one Instagram commenter wrote, "Love the alterations to the original - just the perfect amount of adaptation. Beautiful!" Added another, "❤️ As usual, another GNT 🎶 tune & harmony version of a Classic that (we think) FAR exceeds the Original!! And from a Stairwell‼️🔥🔥"

What to know about "Edelweiss" by Rodgers and Hammerstein

A split of Girl Named Tom and a scene from The Sound Of Music

"Edelweiss" was written by the legendary duo, composers Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II for the Broadway musical The Sound of Music, which was later adapted into a Best Picture-winning film of the same name. An edelweiss is a fuzzy white flower that grows on the Alps and is a national symbol in a few European countries, including Austria.

In the show, patriarch Captain Von Trapp sings the song as a goodbye to his homeland of Austria before the family flees, as the state has just been annexed by Nazi Germany, and the Captain refuses to join the Nazi Army. As the Von Trapps were, after all, Family Singers, it's only too right that a sibling band should perform it.

The song is not, as some believe, an Austrian folk song or the country's national anthem; that would be "Land der Berge, Land am Strome." It is especially poignant because it is the last song Hammerstein wrote before his death in 1960.

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