See Inside ‘American Idol’ Winner Chayce Beckham’s Dream Come True Grand Ole Opry Debut

Beckham admits that this accomplishment left him “lost for words” and emotional.


Lauren Jo Black

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October 19, 2023


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Chayce Beckham; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

American Idol winner Chayce Beckham fulfilled a dream come true moment on Wednesday (Oct. 18) when made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

Stepping into the iconic circle on the hallowed stage for the first time ever, Beckham showcased his self-penned song “23,” which is currently inside the Top 20 at country radio, as well as the poignant ballad, “Till The Day I Die.” As the audience inside the packed Grand Ole Opry house watched on, the California native showcased his star power and knack for storytelling. 

Surprise Plaque Presentation

Following his performance, Beckham received quite the surprise when his mom, Windie Peterson, and manager, Kerri Edwards, appeared on stage to present him with a platinum plaque for his song, “23.” 

Kerri Edwards (KP Entertainment), Windie Peterson (Beckham's mother), Chayce Beckham; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry
Kerri Edwards (KP Entertainment), Windie Peterson (Beckham’s mother), Chayce Beckham; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry
Chayce Beckham; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry
Chayce Beckham; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

“Last night, so many dreams came true because of music,” the 27-year-old reflected in a statement. “It’s been a long, long road, and I’d like to thank everyone who has been on it with me. It’s hard not to be emotional when something you have been working so hard at comes to fruition, and the people who got you there can hand you the award for it on the biggest stage in Country music. Because of my family, my team, and my fans, I got to step foot into the Circle and sing at the Grand Ole Opry. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”  

“Lost For Words”

Still in shock, Beckham also re-live the memorable moments on social media by sharing a heartfelt caption alongside a gallery of photos from the evening.  

“Hello, from The Grand Ole Opry,” he wrote. “What a moment, what a night, still lost for words, all I can say is how incredibly grateful I am of the opportunities I have had in this life, where they have taken me, and all the beautiful people who let me sing my stories for them along the way. God bless you, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

As the only American Idol contestant to win the competition with an original song, Beckham first debuted “23” to the masses during his time on season 19 of Idol. Since then, the track has continued to resonate with listeners, raking in over 312 million streams. It also topped various viral charts, including the iTunes All-Genre and Country charts. The music video debuted over the summer and further brings the song’s storyline to life. Click below to watch. 

“23” Music Video

YouTube video

With his Opry debut under his belt, the rising star will soon return to the road to finish out his time as a special guest on Luke Bryan’s Country On Tour. The trek has allowed Beckham the opportunity to introduce his music to thousands of fans each and every night and it’s something he does not take for granted. 

In a recent social media post, the singer/songwriter gave Bryan a shoutout and said, “This year has been a blast.” 

Next up, Beckham will release his new song, “Whiskey On The Wall,” on October 27. Fans got a taste of the track through various social media teasers. It’s available for pre-save now

For a complete list of Beckham’s upcoming tour dates, click HERE.

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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 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.