Chayce Beckham proved his country star power with an impressive cover of Chris Stapleton’s “Fire Away.”
During the American Idol season finale on Sunday, May 23, the top 3 finalists were tasked with performing a song that reminds them of their hometown visit during Idol and Beckham chose Stapleton’s “Fire Away.” Earlier this week, Idol’s top 3 returned home for an emotion-filled day with friends and family, in which clips were displayed throughout the performance.
“Chris Stapleton is one of the greatest songwriters of all time in my opinion, for country music, for all music,” Beckham told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I feel like I could have done the whole season and just done Chris Stapleton songs. That’s how much I love his music.”
Beckham’s stunning vocal abilities truly impressed the Idol judges, so much that he was praised following his performance.
“What a great choice for your voice, for your whole demeanor,” Richie said. “That grit that you have is undeniable.”
“Sometimes God has to turn up the volume on your life to see if you’re listening and you’re listening,” Perry gushed. “So Chayce keep listening, stay open, cause your world is about to change.”
“You can tell that your proud of yourself,” Bryan added. “Watching your confidence, I just can’t imagine how you’re going to look in 5 years.”
Furthermore, Beckham also performed several other times during the three-hour Idol finale, including covers of The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” and Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow.” In addition to the covers performed by Beckham, he also joined Luke Combs, Fall Out Boy and Macklemore for duets.
The three-hour American Idol finale also featured performances from Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Sheryl Crow, Alessia Cara, Leona Lewis, Mickey Guyton, Luke Combs, Macklemore, Chaka Khan, Fall Out Boy, and Idol judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie & Luke Bryan.
In addition to the celebrity performers on the star-studded finale lineup, the top 3 including Chayce Beckham, Grace Kinstler and Willie Spence also performed several times throughout the show. Idol also welcomed back several contestants from the Top 24 to perform during the finale including Alyssa Wray, Arthur Gunn, Cassandra Coleman, Casey Bishop, DeShawn Goncalves, Hunter Metts, Phillip Murphy and more.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the season finale of American Idol aired live on Sunday, May 23 at 8/7c on ABC.