Chayce Beckham Shares How his Rock Bottom Led To Winning ‘American Idol’

Chayce Beckham's new EP "Doin' It Right" was released last month, which was No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart

One year ago this month, Chayce Beckham’s life changed forever. On May 23, 2021, Beckham won “American Idol,” effectively trading in his career as a heavy machinery operator for that of a full-fledged country star.

“It’s taken a lot of adjusting,” Beckham said. “To get love and support from people, it’s really a special thing for me. I’ve had a lot of big changes.”

The most significant change since winning “American Idol” is that Beckham’s new EP “Doin’ It Right” was released last this month. The California native co-wrote four of the six songs on the EP, which was No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart and all-genre chart after it was released. Beckham’s single “Can’t Do Without Me” is at country radio now.

“I’m just a normal dude,” Beckham said. “The whole world changed a year ago, but I’ve been working very hard. I traded in my 12-hour-a-day job for a 24-hour-a-day job, and this is something that I put all my energy into now. It’s nice to know that hopefully, it’s making a difference for some people as far as the music goes.”

But to get here, Beckham had to overcome some significant challenges – including a car wreck that nearly killed him and a subsequent DUI.
In the months before the pandemic, Beckham’s band played shows almost every night. He was drinking and living the lifestyle that comes with playing in a bar band. Then the first blow came – his beloved grandfather died of cancer. Then COVID-19 closed the entertainment industry, and Beckham’s band was forced to break up. Stuck at home and living with this longtime girlfriend, Beckham kept drinking.

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