Chayce Beckham Shares What’s Next For Him Following His ‘American Idol’ Win
Following his crowning moment on American Idol, Chayce Beckham is preparing to make the big move from his hometown of…
Chayce Beckham; Photo by Eric McCandless
Following his crowning moment on American Idol, Chayce Beckham is preparing to make the big move from his hometown of Apple Valley, California to Nashville, Tennessee where he hopes to embark on the next chapter of his music career.
The 24-year-old has major plans for life post-Idol and it all begins with his relocation.
“I have a lot of stuff that I want to knock out,” Beckham, who once operated heavy machinery, told reporters following his American Idol win. “For me, this is just the beginning for what I want to do. This was a great start to my second chance at life. I really did a good job at messing everything up and God gave me a second chance to come back and do all this.”
“I’ve got a lot of work I still got to put in,” he added. “I’ve got a lot of people I’m still trying to make proud. I’ve got to get my feet in the ground in Nashville and go out there and try to make hit records for the rest of my life. That’s my only goal is to make music for people for the rest of my life.”
Beckham hopes to reunite with his friend and fellow Idol alum Hunter Metts, who already resides in Nashville, as well as fellow contestant Graham DeFranco.
“I’m going for sure,” Beckham told Music Mayhem of his move to Music City. “It’s nice to have that group of friends that I’ve made here that are all just devoted to music, and just want to make music, and we kinda all want to get together in the same city and do shows and record music and write songs. So [I’ve] definitely got a lot of stuff going on with them.”
Following his big win and the release of his debut single, “23,” Beckham shows no signs of slowing down. The song immediately shot to the top of the iTunes charts upon its release and the rising star plans to keep the hits coming.
“I think it’s super important to take the momentum that you have and keep going with it,” Beckham shared with the Los Angeles Daily News. “And not say, ‘Oh man, this crazy show’s over with, I’m going to relax for a month or two.’
“I think it’s important for me to get out of this and hit the ground running.”
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.