Chayce Beckham Is All Smiles After Luke Bryan Invites Him on the Fishing Trip of a Lifetime During ‘American Idol’ Finale

Chayce Beckham followed the judges’ suggestion and performed their song of choice, The Beatles “Blackbird,” during the American Idol finale…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 23, 2021


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Chayce Beckham followed the judges’ suggestion and performed their song of choice, The Beatles “Blackbird,” during the American Idol finale on Sunday (May 23). 

The Apple Valley, California native’s performance earned praise from the judges as they couldn’t help but gush over his rendition of the 1968 hit. 

Lionel Richie complimented his vocal identity telling him, “I am so proud of you. We are so proud of you.”

Katy Perry went on to explain the reasoning behind their song choice and jokingly referred to him as “Chayce the ace.” 

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Luke Bryan echoed Richie and Perry’s sentiments and invited him on the fishing trip of a lifetime. 

“Chayce has been kind of teasing about wanting to do some bass fishing,” Bryan revealed and later told him, “You’ve earned your bass fishin’ trip!”

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 Perry, Bryan and 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. 

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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 and her work being featured on 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.