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Interview: American Idol runner-up winner Clark Beckham opens up SPECIAL
Aside from his father, he shared that his greatest musical influences include Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Al Green.
During this season of American Idol, Beckham revealed that his favorite vocal performance was his acoustic rendition of Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning."
A White House, Tennessee,
native, Beckham had nothing but positive words for American Idol winner
Nick Fradiani, and he opened up about their genuine friendship. "Nick
rocks. He is a great guy. We are friends and we bonded as the 'athlete
contestants' this season. We both played sports in high school, so we
always talked about sports. I am happy that Nick won and I am really
excited for him. He did an incredible job this season," he said.
Each day, Beckham is motivated
by his "desire to do music for other people at a high scale."
"Not just for some people, but for all, and not just pretty good,
but the best. That's what I want to do," he said.
He listed singer-songwriter
Tori Kelly as his dream female duet choice. "Tori is just a musical
monster. She is very talented and I love the messages that she is spreading
in her songs. She is somebody that I look up to quite a bit as an artist,"
For aspiring singers, Beckham
recommends that they work hard and don't rely on their natural ability
alone. "Enhance that ability, and execute it. Make sure that music
is what you want to do, and then go full force, and make your dreams
happen," he said.
With season 14 being the
penultimate season of the reality singing competition, Beckham noted
that he will miss American Idol. "I will absolutely miss it. I
am going to miss the people, everybody from the producers, to the camera-men
to the production assistants. It has become a part of my family,"
Throughout this season, Beckham's
leading man looks have been earning him comparisons on his social networks
to such actors as Matt Damon and Chris Pine. "I see those comparisons
on Twitter a lot. I love that. They are two good-looking guys, and big
studs. Those are great compliments. It's very flattering to be compared
to them," he said with a sweet laugh.
"Reaching my full potential
as a person and as an artist is what success means to me. I want to
be the 'best me' that I am physically able to be," he concluded,
furnishing his personal definition of the word success.
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