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Clark Beckham

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Clark Beckham
Born (1992-05-15) May 15, 1992 (age 32)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OriginWhite House, Tennessee
GenresPop, soul
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2011–present
LabelsQuincy 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 the fourteenth season of American Idol.

Early life[edit]

Beckham was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but grew up in White House, Tennessee. He is an only child. He graduated from Lee University 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]


American Idol[edit]

Beckham auditioned for American Idol singing "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" 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]

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
Week (Pt. 1)
A Capella Let's Get It On Marvin Gaye
Week (Pt. 2)
Group round "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" Stevie Wonder
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" Foy Vance 5
Top 6 "American classics"
as deemed by viewers[4]
"Moon River"
Stevie Wonder
Audrey Hepburn
Top 5 "Arena anthems"[5] "Yesterday"
The Beatles
Justin Bieber
Top 4 Judges' Hometown
Contestant's own soul
"Living for the City"
"Your Man"
Stevie Wonder
Josh Turner
Top 3 Scott Borchetta's Choice
Judges' Choice
Hometown's Choice
"Beautiful Day"
"(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay"
"Earned It"
Otis Redding
The Weeknd
Top 2 Favorite Performance
Simon Fuller's Choice
Winner's Single
"Georgia on My Mind"
"Ain't No Sunshine"
Ray Charles
Bill Withers
Clark Beckham
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


Beckham has been using his post-Idol expertise in the creation of a YouTube video channel about American Idol.[6] In May 2021, he appeared on the Talent Recap show to discuss the nineteenth season finale.[7][8] Beckham will also appear in the upcoming film An Old Song.[9]



  • 2013: Clark Beckham (EP)
  • 2014: Songs About Her (EP)
  • 2015: Champion
  • 2015: American Idol Season 14: Best of Clark Beckham
  • 2018: Year One (EP)
  • 2020: Light Year


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


  1. ^ "Clark Beckham, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and UnitedHealthcare Fight Hunger in Middle Tennessee" (Press release). June 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Thomasos, Christine (April 29, 2015). "American Idol Finalist and Believer Clark Beckham Doesn't Want to Be Limited to Christian Music, Doesn't Think God Wants Singers to Be Isolated to One Genre (Interview)". Christian Post. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "Why Harry Connick Jr. Is Tough On Clark Beckham".
  4. ^ Upadhyaya, Kayla Kumari. "'American Idol' Recap: Top 6 Perform American Classics". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Ho, Rodney. "'American Idol' bits: Power 6 rankings, top 6 song spoilers, Quentin vs. Harry". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Clark Beckham – YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  7. ^ American Idol Winner 2021!! FINALE RECAP SHOW, retrieved July 29, 2021
  8. ^ "'American Idol' Runner Up Clark Beckham Reveals Honest Opinion About Comeback Twist". Talent Recap. April 23, 2021. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  9. ^ "'Idol's Clark Beckham Produces Album for Hannah Everhart Ahead of Acting Gig". Talent Recap. July 29, 2021. Retrieved July 29, 2021.

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