Clark Beckham Comes to Covenant

On September 30th, a guest musician will be playing for us in the chapel. You may have some questions about who this person is. These will hopefully be answered in this article. Clark Beckham is an American singer-songwriter who was born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 15, 1992, but grew up in White House, Tennessee. Beckham is the son of Virgil Beckham, who is also a singer and an actor. 

Beckham graduated from Lee University and got most of his musical experience from playing his guitar and singing in church and on street corners. During his college years, Beckham was a member of Campus Choir, performed in the theatre production “Big River,” and wrote and performed original music for the school’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” He also composed the score for two short films and wrote an original song called “Love’s Not Fair.” 

After graduating from Lee, Beckham hit the streets of Nashville in hopes of honing his craft. Beckham had planned to work on a graduate degree and with the Campus Choir but those plans were changed in 2015 when he auditioned for American Idol, becoming the fourth Lee student to do so. Beckham made it all the way to the finale of season 14 and placed second, losing to Nick Fradiani by a very small margin. 

Subsequently, there was a three year gap where Beckham didn’t release anything and fans were left wondering where he was and what he was doing. In October of 2017, he was signed on by Quincy Jones Productions and recorded a new EP called “Year One” with Steven Jordan, John Mayer’s drummer and producer. 

Following the release of “Year One” in 2017,  Beckham’s record company granted him a tour. This tour is featured on his new album “Year One.” Beckham enjoyed vibing with the crowd while he sang his new album straight through. Beckham was really excited about the tour, and he wanted the tour to be more than just good, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

He enjoys writing his own music, and his music is a blend between classic and modern R&B. Beckham wants to make the best music he can without being trendy like every other artist that is around today.

In an interview by Rodney Ho, Beckham got honest and open about his life. He’s been dating the same girl for three years now, and he is really happy with the way his life is today.  Because he is an independent artist, he keeps costs down to a minimum. Quincy Jones, his management, is a great mentor for Beckham and he gives Beckham the exposure that he needs to allow his music to be heard. He performed in Jones’ bar in Dubai for five nights a week, which ended in 2018. 

Beckham has a deep rooted belief in the Gospel and has had a life-changing experience with the Holy Spirit. He sings and writes Christian music but doesn’t want to only sing these songs. The reason for this is that Beckham believes that God doesn’t want Christians to be isolated to one genre. 

He believes that God doesn’t have a problem with him being a secular artist who helps to show people the light of God. He also believes that God doesn’t want there to be a distinct wall between Church and secular. Beckham wants to write songs about this world, about people, and about this life that God has created through redeemed eyes, according to an article from The Christan Post. 

Either way, Beckham has a beautiful voice and is successful. His performance is sure to make people happy. Beckham will be coming to Covenant College on September 30th at 8 pm in the chapel. You should all come out and see his performance. It could be life changing.