Clark Beckham

Clark Beckham

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

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 1
  • Career 2
    • 2015-present: American Idol 2.1
      • Performances on American Idol 2.1.1
  • Discography 3
    • Singles 3.1
  • Awards and nominations 4
  • References 5

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]


2015-present: American Idol

Beckham auditioned for American Idol singing "

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
Hollywood Week Part 1 A Capella Let's Get It On Marvin Gaye
Hollywood Week Part 2 Group round "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" Stevie Wonder
Hollywood Week Part 3 Solo round "Try a Little Tenderness" Otis Redding
House of Blues (Top 48) Contestant's choice " 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 (first week) "Get the Party Started" "Takin' It to the Streets" The Doobie Brothers 4
Top 11 (second week) 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 Simon Fuller's Choice
Favorite Performance
Winner's Single
"Ain't No Sunshine"
Ray Charles
Bill Withers
Clark Beckham
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



Year Title
2013 Clark Beckham - EP
2014 Songs About Her - EP
2015 "Champion"
2015 American Idol Season 14: Best of Clark Beckham

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Outcome
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". 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Why Harry Connick Jr. Is Tough On Clark Beckham". 
  4. ^ Upadhyaya, Kayla Kumari. American Idol' Recap: Top 6 Perform American Classics"'". Billboard. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Ho, Rodney. "‘American Idol’ bits: Power 6 rankings, top 6 song spoilers, Quentin vs. Harry". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 23 April 2015.