Clark Beckham’s killer vocals and profound musical abilities as a multi-instrumentalist have led him on a journey from busking on the streets to performing on national television in front of millions of viewers.
On American Idol, his soulful, bluesy voice outsold every other contestant combined on iTunes and placed him as the fan favorite and runner-up of the 2015 season. Beckham’s live performances also ranked among the top 10 most viewed videos on American Idol’s YouTube channel. Since the television show, he has performed with the Nashville Symphony, written with Brian McKnight, been nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Music’s Next Big Thing, opened for Jon Bellion on tour, and signed with Quincy Jones.
Beckham recently released his EP Year One, which debuted at no. 6 on the iTunes alternative chart and no. 22 on Billboard’s R&B chart. The highly awaited EP includes “Must Be Hard Being You,” a collaboration with the Shadowboxers. It also includes “I Need,” produced by Steve Jordan and featuring John Mayer’s all-star band: Jordan on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, Isaiah Sharkey on guitar, and horn arrangements by Jerry Hey and Keyon Harrold.