'American Idol' Runner-Up Clark Beckham: 'I Really Believe I Am Modern'

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Clark Beckham

Clark Beckham may have had a preference for performing older songs during his American Idol run, but the Season 14 runner-up said that his music won’t be stuck in the past.

“I really believe that I am modern,” he told reporters on a conference call. “I think the best modern is when an artist can understand and play and do music that is coming right now, and is just on the brink. Just around the bend. Just coming alive. I really believe that. I really think that’s what’s going to come around the bend.”

That said, the White House, Tennessee musician -- who was defeated by Nick Fradiani -- admitted his style may not have been a perfect match for Big Machine Records and mentor Scott Borchetta.

“I don’t think I would have fit with Scott as well as Nick is going to fit with Scott. They worked really well together through the whole competition. Scott is extremely successful and he’s a great guy,”  he said. “No matter what, I really believe and know that he wants the best for me and for Nick. Nick and I were talking about it -- I think the best outcome happened. The best thing for Nick was for him to win. I believe I’m where I need to be and the best thing that could have happened to me is what happened.”

And while Beckham said his music is driven by his faith in God, he has no plans to record a Christian or Gospel record.

“I want to do what you call ‘secular’ music. Sometimes people can get scared of that word. Secular just means outside of the church. I believe in God and he influences everything I do. I’m not a Christian artist,” he said. "I’m an artist, and I’m a Christian. That’s how I would describe it.”

He continued that although his faith informs everything he does, “I’m not called to do Christian music or Gospel music.”

“As far as my music, I’m going to stick to writing and singing secular and pop music,” he said.

In terms of what that would sound like, think John Mayer, Bruno Mars, and Robin Thicke-pop music mixed with R&B influences.

His music, he added, is not represented by his coronation song, “Champion.”

“Musically, it’s not the the style of music that I am looking forward to doing in the future. But I think it was just the perfect song,” he said. “I love the lyrics of the song, and the message.”


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