After Chayce Beckham won American Idol in May, 19 Recordings wasted no time getting him into a Nashville studio! Sure, the singer has time to fish with Jimmie Allen, or take the stage with Idol judge Luke Bryan. But in between the fun stuff, the singer is already working on new music.
Earlier this week, the singer-songwriter posted an Instagram story revealing that he reunited in the studio with renowned producer Ross Copperman, who helmed Chayce’s chart topping winners single, “23.” Additionally, songwriter Ilsey Juber joined the duo.
Heavy hitters join Chayce in the studio
Juber has a TON of credits on hit songs, but most of her output is in the pop realm. She has collaborated with a TON of singing show alums. For instance, she co-wrote Adam Lambert’s funky single “Superpower,” and Harry Styles’ delightful “Treat People with Kindness.”
She also co-wrote “Meaning of Life” for Kelly Clarkson, “Body Rock” for Fifth Harmony, “Down that Road” for Alisan Porter, “Unhinged” for Nick Jonas, “Man on the Moon” for Britney Spears, “She Loves Control” for Camila Cabello, the smash hit “High Hopes” for Panic! at the Disco, and tons more.
It remains to be seen how she and other collaborators work with Chayce’s gritty, confessional style. But it’s good news that he’s not wasting his momentum.
Last year’s winner, Just Sam, split with 19 Recordings and Hollywood Records before releasing any music. 2019 winner, Laine Hardy is still plugging away. He dropped a new single “Memorize You” last month, and is set to promote it on The Bachelorette. But the Louisiana bred country singer has not dropped an EP or an album yet. 2018 winner Maddie Poppe split with 19 and Hollywood after only one album.
Could Chayce end up releasing a record the quickest of all the ABC winners?
It’s possible, as Hollywood Records is officially out of the picture. 19 Recordings, the record label arm of American Idol’s 19 Entertainment. recently signed a deal with BMG. The company seems determined to promote American Idol alums from here on out.
“[We want to] give the artists the opportunity to grow,” said Monti Olson, executive vp and U.S. head of publishing for BMG to Billboard magazine. “Our development ideas won’t be nine-month plans; it’ll be 18-month plans…. We’re looking at it more as artist development versus ‘let’s just capture lightning in a bottle right now, and if it doesn’t work, we’re gonna move on.’”
So far, BMG seems to be proceeding differently than Hollywood Records. The lack of lag time between coming off the show and entering the studio is a pretty big indicator that they’re trying, at least! Chayce barely combed the confetti out of his hair when he started organizing a permanent move to Nashville.
How soon will Chayce release his next single?