‘Rockstar’ Chayce Beckham Debuts Autobiographical ’23’ Live on ‘American Idol’

After taking his debut single,”23,” to the top of the iTunes country chart, American Idol contestant Chayce Beckham took to…


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May 16, 2021


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After taking his debut single,”23,” to the top of the iTunes country chart, American Idol contestant Chayce Beckham took to the Idol stage for the live debut of the autobiographical tune. 

Beckham delivered a solid performance of the song on Sunday evening (May 16), showcasing his raspy country vocals and once again proving he’s a front-runner in the competition. 

“Amazing! Oh my God…I love the way you worked some of the production on your original and like I said, just your confidence,” Luke Bryan praised. 

“Who have you turned into?” Lionel Richie questioned. “I am telling you something… from beginning to now, it’s a complete transformation. You have stepped into your light to the point where I know exactly who you are.”

“Chayce what number is your song on the country chart? Number one!” Katy Perry exclaimed. “Apple Valley boy, forklift boy, you are a rockstar!”

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Beckham released “23” last week. It shot to the No.1 spot on the iTunes country chart immediately. 

The 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. 

Earlier in the show, Beckham performed a cover of Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather.”

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’s now heading to the finale as it was revealed that he earned a spot in the Top 3. 

The winner of American Idol will be revealed next week during a three-hour finale. 

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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 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.