‘American Idol’ Contestant Chayce Beckham Performs Chris Stapleton Cover Following Emotional Hometown Visit
Chayce Beckham reflected on his tumultuous road to the American Idol finale on Sunday evening (May 23) and returned to…
Chayce Beckham reflected on his tumultuous road to the American Idol finale on Sunday evening (May 23) and returned to his hometown of Apple Valley, California to celebrate.
“I’m just a normal guy from Apple Valley,” Beckham humbly shared as he returned home as a local celebrity. His family was there to support him during his emotional return to his hometown, as he called it a “full-circle” moment as tears overcame him.
Beckham’s performance showcased his incredible country vocals as he took the stage for a cover of Chris Stapleton’s hit, “Fire Away.” The song put his soaring vocals on full display and once again impressed the Idol judges.
“What a great choice for your voice, for your whole demeanor,” Lionel Richie told him.
Katy Perry added, “You know sometimes, God has to turn up the volume on your life to see if you are listening and you are listening!”
She later promised, “Your world is about to change!”
Luke Bryan, who invited Beckham to go bass fishing with him earlier in the evening, praised his growing confidence.
“I just can’t imagine what you’re going to look like in five years,” the country superstar told him.
Beckham became an instant fan-favorite following his audition with “What Brings Life Also Kills” by Kolton Moore & The Clever Few. He also found a fan in American Idol judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as each judge voted him through to the next round. Throughout the season, he’s performed covers from artists such as Chris Stapleton, Bob Marley, Bryan Adams and more. He even offered up two original tunes, “Mamma,” and “23,” proving he has the songwriting chops to go along with his vocals and stage presence.
The star-studded American Idol finale aired on ABC and also featured performances from Sheryl Crow, Chaka Khan, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Lindsey Buckingham, Fall Out Boy, Alessia Cara, Leona Lewis and Macklemore as well as the Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
Several contestants from the Top 24, including Alyssa Wray, Arthur Gunn, Cassandra Coleman, Casey Bishop, DeShawn Goncalves, Hunter Metts, Phillip Murphy and more, returned to perform during the finale as well.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.