Clark Beckham

Clark Beckham
Born (1992-05-15) May 15, 1992
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Blue-eyed soul, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2011present

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

Early life

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]


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]

Performances on American Idol

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" Ed Sheeran 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




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


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