May 15, 1992|
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Genres||Blue-eyed soul, pop|
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. 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.
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."
Performances on American Idol
- 2013: Clark Beckham (EP)
- 2014: Songs About Her (EP)
- 2015: Champion
- 2015: American Idol Season 14: Best of Clark Beckham
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Next Big Thing||Nominated|
- "Clark Beckham, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and UnitedHealthcare Fight Hunger in Middle Tennessee".
- Thomasos, Christine. "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 2 May 2015.
- "Why Harry Connick Jr. Is Tough On Clark Beckham".
- Upadhyaya, Kayla Kumari. "'American Idol' Recap: Top 6 Perform American Classics". Billboard. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
- Ho, Rodney. "'American Idol' bits: Power 6 rankings, top 6 song spoilers, Quentin vs. Harry". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 23 April 2015.