Luke Bryan Compares ‘American Idol’ Contestant Chayce Beckham To Bruce Springsteen

“The sky is the limit for you if you can do all of that,” Luke Bryan told Chayce Beckham.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 5, 2021


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ABC’s American Idol returned Monday evening (April 5) with an exciting second round of celebrity duets, featuring a number of superstar artists including Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Jewel, Jason Aldean and more.

Incubus’ Brandon Boyd also guest starred on the show, teaming up with standout contestant Chayce Beckham, who previously took the stage for a solo performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow.” 

His performance once again impressed the Idol judges, who had nothing but incredible remarks to share about the rising star. 

“You have to understand something, you have a magical voice when it comes down to being identifiable. So the two of your together was just great,” Lionel Richie said. “Now, If I had one thing to say, to you we’re out here look at us, engage us, bring us in to that because we want to look at you that’s what makes the performance total.”

Katy Perry predicted that Beckham has a bright future ahead, while Luke Bryan compared him to one of the greatest musical artists of all time. 

“You really remind me of Alejandro and the authenticity and musicianship,” Perry shared. “It’s not a singing show, it’s not a karaoke show. This is a real bonafide musical artist and I see you all over Grammys, everywhere, wherever you want to go.”

“You just got this cool thing, it’s just hard to be naturally cool. On your first song it was like Springsteen cool, but then on the Incubus song… Man, we really heard you kick it up and we haven’t heard that from you yet and now that we know that you have that in your arsenal. I mean, the sky is the limit for you if you can do all of that.”

“Thank you guys so much,” Beckham said with a huge smile on his face.

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The 24-year-old singer previously impressed the Idol judges with performances of Kolton Moore & The Clever Few’s “What Brings Life Also Kills,” Tyler Childers’ “Hard Times,” Chris Stapleton’s “You Should Probably Leave” and more.

Fans can vote for Chayce Beckham by using the official American Idol app, visiting or by texting 18 to 21523. Please note, fans can vote 10 times, per contestant, per voting method.

American Idol returns on Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

Click above to watch Beckham’s performances. 

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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.