The Port Arthur News
Upwards of 300 people filled the Nederland High School cafeteria to watch history in the making as the vocal band Home Free, featuring Nederland native Tim Foust, was named the season 4 winner of The Sing-Off on Monday.
Foust, 32, along with his mother Dena Foust and sister Emily Forse, entered the crowded cafeteria to cheers and applause at the start of the viewing party. Foust’s former music teachers including Renee Kloes and Twyla Nau were in attendance for the two-hour show finale.
“It feels amazing,” Foust said of the televised competition. “The whole experience was utterly surreal.”
Foust spent hours meeting with friends and family, dispersing hugs and posing for photos as the pre-recorded event played out on a large screen in the cafeteria.
Like a seasoned poker player Foust never gave a clue as to who the winner would be while fans in attendance cheered and clapped during the performance on screen.
Kevin Martin and his father David Martin watched the finale at the edge of their seats; Kevin often pumping his fists in the air as Foust his bass notes with perfection.
“Yea, we’re excited,” Kevin Martin said. “The whole time I knew they were going to win.”
Foust’s family members and former music teachers were able to attend the taping of the show, an experience they will likely not forget.
“I can’t describe it,” Dena Foust said prior to the official announcement of the winner. “We’re excited to have so many people here to share this. Friends and family are very important to him. He’s been looking forward to this.”
Renee Kloes taught Foust in fifth through seventh grades and later ninth through 12th grades.
“Tim has always had a great work ethic. He’s smart and talented and works hard,” Kloes said. “He deserves every bit of this.”
By fifth grade Kloes could see that Foust had a gift.
“He had this spark in his eyes and when he learned it was like a sponge. He had eclectic tastes.”
Many of those in attendance were wearing “Home Free” T-shirts. Proceeds from the sales of the shirts will go to bring the band back to the Nederland Performing Arts Center for a Feb. 3 performance. The band played in Nederland last year and donated money toward the school’s music program, Kloes said.
Home Free’s final performance in the competition included the Hunter Hayes song “I Want Crazy.”
Foust and the vocal group Home Free are now winners of a recording contract and $100,000.