Chayce Beckham Puts His Star Power On Display with Zac Brown Band Cover on ‘American Idol’

Chayce Beckham returned to the American Idol stage on Sunday evening (May 16) and once again impressed the judges with…


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May 16, 2021


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Chayce Beckham returned to the American Idol stage on Sunday evening (May 16) and once again impressed the judges with his undoubted talent. Beckham showcased his star power with a cover of his personal idol, Zac Brown Band. 

Prior to his performance, Beckham sat down with guest mentor Finneas, who praised his tone as “earnest” and “believable.” 

During the live performance, the Apple Valley, Calif. native added his own unique twist to ZBB’s 2010 hit “Colder Weather,” once again proving he’s one of this season’s top contenders. 

Beckham’s “Colder Weather” cover earned compliments from the judges, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. 

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“Oh my God… You were born on American Idol! I knew you when,” Perry gushed. “You live on this stage now, you live here!”

Bryan added, “What you need to realize is you’re here because you’re real and everything that you give us feels real and that can take you so far. Being genuine and authentic, people love that and that’s why you made it to this point.”

Richie’s feedback echoed Perry and Bryan. 

“They like you. The point is you earned that, you earned that right because they fell in love with not only your voice but with who you are,” he told Beckham. “That’s the genuine quality of being a star.”

Chayce Beckham was an instant fan favorite when he auditioned. He’s gone on to sing songs such as “Magic” by Coldplay, “July” by Noah Cyrus and “You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton. 

He recently released his personal debut single, “23,” which is an autobiographical tune that finds Beckham opening up about his past struggles with alcohol. He also took the stage during Sunday’s show to deliver the live performance debut of the emotional track. 

Fans can vote for Chayce Beckham to advance in the competition by texting 5 to 21523. 

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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.