Chayce Beckham Wins ‘American Idol’ 2021
Chayce Beckham has been crowned the winner of American Idol 2021. The Apple Valley, California native placed first in the…
Chayce Beckham; ABC/Eric McCandless
Chayce Beckham has been crowned the winner of American Idol 2021.
The Apple Valley, California native placed first in the singing competition and closed out the season finale with a performance of his debut single, “23.”
The autobiographical song finds Beckham reflecting on a difficult time in his life and his decision to sober up following his struggles with alcohol abuse.
“Now I’m 23 and there ain’t nobody who can drink like me/ Soon I’ll be 24 and the lord knows that/ I can’t drank no more/ I know I shoulda taken it slow/ It’s not the way that my life goes/ Now I know/ When your passed out on the floor/ You’re sober by 24,” he sings on the chorus.
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.
Earlier in the show, he took the stage to sing a Chris Stapleton cover, an Ed Sheeran cover and also performed a duet with country superstar Luke Combs.
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, 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.