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'American Idol' Alum Clark Beckham Covers Chris Stapleton With Oklahoma Newcomer: Watch

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Clark Beckham performs onstage at FOX's "American Idol XIV" Top 3 Revealed on May 6, 2015 in Hollywood, Calif.

The season-14 runner-up turns the tables to discover a new talent on his own: singer Madison Ryann.

Last year, America discovered Clark Beckham on American Idol. Now the Tennessee-born musician has turned the tables and discovered a new talent on his own. Last December, Beckham’s mother sent him a video of a few vocalists performing a Christmas tune. “My mom insisted that I listen to one of the girls singing in the video. Her name is Madison Ryann. Her vocal tone floored me --- as in, I literally fell to the floor!”

Beckham found the Oklahoma resident on Twitter and discovered more of her videos. Though she was a fan of earlier American Idol seasons and had favorite contestants, including Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Elliott Yamin, she hadn’t watched season 14 and wasn’t familiar with Beckham. “After hearing Clark sing just a couple songs, I contacted him and asked if he would be interested in us covering a Chris Stapleton song. The very first trip I took to Nashville, my dad and I drove and I played ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ in the truck too many times to count.”

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Beckham picks up the story: “I was a huge Oklahoma Sooners fan growing up and haven’t missed watching or listening to a football game since I was 10 years old. Earlier this month I was scheduled to sing the National Anthem at an Oklahoma basketball game. I met up with Madison and we talked about doing a video of the song. Coincidentally, she was scheduled to be in Nashville, where I live, that weekend and we decided to get my crew together and shoot the video during the short time she was there. It’s a soulful, bluesy song and what really sold me on it was thinking of the possibility to harmonize with each other on that iconic riff Chris does. When we nailed that run the first time we sang it we knew the video was going to be something special.”

Ryann adds, “It was so great to see the song come together with someone I didn't even really know to begin with, but who had a similar appreciation for Stapleton's soul like I did. Singing with Clark was really special. His control and creativity as a vocalist is something I really admire as an artist, and harmonizing with him is something that just happened naturally. That's the coolest part. We played with an arrangement he came up with right before we shot the video, and it came together with no problem. We have a similar ear, too, so I think it flowed really well. We just had so much fun.”

Watch Beckham and Ryann’s video for “Tennessee Whiskey” below:

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