Re-Live Chayce Beckham’s Incredible ‘American Idol’ Journey

Apple Valley, California native Chayce Beckham is heading into the American Idol final on Sunday alongside fellow Top 3 contestants…

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Lauren Jo Black

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May 23, 2021

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Chayce Beckham; Photos via ABC/ American Idol

Apple Valley, California native Chayce Beckham is heading into the American Idol final on Sunday alongside fellow Top 3 contestants Grace Kinstler and Willie Spence. The rising star quickly turned heads and 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 competition, Beckham showcased his unique sound with covers of a variety of songs, making each his own with his undeniable vocals. 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.  

No matter what happens on the finale, Beckham is sure to have a promising career ahead of him. During a recent interview with Music Mayhem, the 24-year-old revealed that he plans to move to Nashville following the competition. He also shared that he has an entire album “ready to go.”

“Once we get done with [American Idol], and we can get into the studio, then, that’s it, the rest will be history,” Beckham explained. “As far as those songs go. I’m done with those, I finished those sometime last year, that’s the way that it goes out. I was gonna do an EP before the show happened, and then I decided to wait and hang onto all those songs. So I’ve got a good few songs that are ready to go and record them, and put them out as soon as we can.”

The former fork lift operator is set to perform six times during Sunday evening’s American Idol finale, including a duet with country superstar Luke Combs. Fans can tune in to the three-hour event at 8/7c on ABC. 

Until then, here’s a look back at Chayce Beckham’s American Idol journey.

Kolton Moore & The Clever Few- “What Brings Life Also Kills”

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Tyler Childers- “Hard Times”

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Chayce Beckham & Christina Daugherty Duet- “July” by Noah Cyrus

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Chris Stapleton- “You Should Probably Leave”

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Chayce Beckham & Brandon Boyd Duet- “Drive” by Incubus / Ed Sheeran- “Afterglow”

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Bob Marley- “Waiting In Vain”

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Kolton Moore & the Clever Few’s- “What Brings Life Also Kills”

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Bryan Adams- “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”

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Aurora- “Baby Mine”

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Coldplay- “Magic”

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Chayce Beckham- “Mamma”

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Zac Brown Band – “Colder Weather” 

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Chayce Beckham – “23” / Chris Stapleton – “You Should Probably Leave”

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Chayce Beckham & Casey Bishop Duet- “Break My Heart Again” by FINNEAS

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Lauren Jo Black

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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.