Clark Beckham

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Clark Beckham
Born (1992-05-15) May 15, 1992 (age 26)
White House, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Blue-eyed soul,[not verified in body] pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments
Years active 2011–present
Labels Quincy Jones Management (2017)

Clark Beckham (born May 15, 1992)[citation needed] is an American singer, songwriter and musician. He finished as the runner-up on season fourteen of American Idol.

Early life[edit]

Beckham was born in Nashville, but grew up in White House, Tennessee. He is an only child. He graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee with a degree in history. Clark got most of his musical experience playing in church and on street corners.[1] In a Christian Post interview Beckham noted that he originally wanted to audition for American Idol at 18 years old, when it came to Nashville, but said that it was not in line with God's will at the time.[2]

Career[edit]

Beckham auditioned for American Idol singing "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" (originally recorded by James Brown). He was the first contestant at the first city, Nashville, Tennessee, to sing in front of the judges. He passed the audition by a split decision: approved by Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, disapproved by Harry Connick Jr. During Hollywood week, he sang "Let's Get It On" and "Try a Little Tenderness". In the House Of Blues showcase, he sang "Georgia On My Mind", earning his spot in the Top 24.

When asked what one moment stands out for him, Beckham said the time Connick Jr. said, "I don't think you could have done that any better"—after Beckham's performance of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". "Harry's typically been tough on me," said Beckham. "He's like a coach trying to get the best out of me. And I really appreciate that."[3]

As of October 6, 2017, upon him signing with Quincy Jones Management he released a single titled, “I Need.”

Performances on American Idol[edit]

Week Theme Song(s) Original artist(s) Order Result
Auditions Contestant's choice "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" James Brown N/A Advanced
Hollywood
Week (Pt. 1)
A Capella Let's Get It On Marvin Gaye
Hollywood
Week (Pt. 2)
Group round "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" Stevie Wonder
Hollywood
Week (Pt. 3)
Solo round "Try a Little Tenderness" Otis Redding
House of Blues
(Top 48)
Contestant's choice "Georgia on My Mind" Ray Charles
Top 24 Contestant's choice "When a Man Loves a Woman" Percy Sledge 6 Safe
Top 16 Music of Motown "The Tracks of My Tears" The Miracles 5
Top 12 "Back to the Start" "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" James Brown 9
Top 11
(week 1)
"Get the Party Started" "Takin' It to the Streets" The Doobie Brothers 4
Top 11
(week 2)
Songs from the Movies "Sunday Morning"
(from Cheaper by the Dozen 2)
Maroon 5 9
Top 9 Songs from the 1980s "Every Breath You Take" The Police 7
Top 8 Kelly Clarkson "The Trouble with Love Is" Kelly Clarkson
Top 7 Billboard Hot 100 "Make It Rain" Ed Sheeran 5
Top 6 "American classics"
as deemed by viewers[4]
"Superstition"
"Moon River"
Stevie Wonder
Audrey Hepburn
2
7
Top 5 "Arena anthems"[5] "Yesterday"
"Boyfriend"
The Beatles
Justin Bieber
3
8
Top 4 Judges' Hometown
Contestant's own soul
"Living for the City"
"Your Man"
Stevie Wonder
Josh Turner
1
5
Top 3 Scott Borchetta's Choice
Judges' Choice
Hometown's Choice
"Beautiful Day"
"(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay"
"Earned It"
U2
Otis Redding
The Weeknd
1
5
7
Top 2 Favorite Performance
Simon Fuller's Choice
Winner's Single
"Georgia on My Mind"
"Ain't No Sunshine"
"Champion"
Ray Charles
Bill Withers
Clark Beckham
1
3
5
Runner-up
Finale Encore with original artist "Centuries" (Feat. Fall Out Boy & Nick Fradiani)
"Takin' It to the Streets" (Feat. Michael McDonald)
Fall Out Boy
The Doobie Brothers
N/A

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2013: Clark Beckham (EP)
  • 2014: Songs About Her (EP)
  • 2015: Champion
  • 2015: American Idol Season 14: Best of Clark Beckham

Accolades[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Next Big Thing Nominated

References[edit]