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Chayce Beckham Collaborating with Dynamic Songwriter Ilsey Juber

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American Idol winner Chayce Beckham is back in the studio after his recent move to Nashville. Chayce was reunited with Ross Copperman, the producer behind his hit “23” that soared to the top of the iTunes Charts. Ilsey Juber joined the pair in the studio, leading us to believe a new collaboration is in the works.

Who is Ilsey Juber? The Songwriter Working with Chayce Beckham

Ilsey is a singer/songwriter that has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists. In 2018 Ilsey co-wrote Mark Ronson’s “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” featuring Miley Cyrus. She joined Ronson and Cyrus to perform the song on Saturday Night Live in December of that year. Ilsey co-wrote several of the songs on Cyrus’s Plastic Hearts album including “Midnight Sky” to which she contributed background vocals.

Ilsey also posed with Taylor Swift and her cats alongside Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose in 2018. Being a part of Swift’s girl gang is a huge deal. Folk band Big Red Machine announced that their new album How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? will be out in August. The duo consists of The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Swift will appear on multiple tracks on the album. Ilsey collaborated with the group on the track “Mimi” on the album.

“Thank you Aaron and Justin for asking me to be a part of this project,” Ilsey wrote on Instagram. “I’m so honored to be included on this list of incredible artists and creators. Two of my favorite people to work with and my favorite person to sing with all on one song. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it and the rest of this album!”


Ilsey Has Received Major Songwriter Achievements

Most recently in 2021, Ilsey worked on Weezer’s 14th studio album, OK Human. She co-wrote “All My Favorite Songs,” the group’s first number one on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Airplay chart. Ilsey co-wrote and contributed background vocals to “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco. The song became the group’s highest-charting song on the US Billboard Hot 100. “High Hopes” also topped the US Hot AC, Alternative, and Top 40 Radio Charts.

Ilsey won two BMI awards after co-writing the 2016 hits “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes, and “In the Name of Love” by Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha. The BMI awards help recognize the work of talented songwriters, composers, and music publishers who are all a huge reason why many artists have become so successful.

Musical genes run in the family. Ilsey’s father served as the guitarist for the band Paul McCartney and Wings. He won his first Grammy Award with the band’s song “Rockestra Theme.” Her grandfather Sherwood Schwartz created  Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch.

“It was this special thing that I had; I was a part of something that was bigger,” Ilsey said about her family’s connection to these television shows. “When I talk about connecting with people and influencing people with my music, that’s what those shows did, they touched people in a certain way.”

Chayce’s Album Was Finished Before He Won ‘American Idol’

As far as Chayce’s album goes, it was actually completed before he walked away as the winner of Season 19 of American Idol. Ilsey and Ross are most likely helping fine-tune Chayce’s album before it’s released.

“We got a whole album ready to go,” he said in an interview with Music Mayhem. “Once we get done with this, and we can get into the studio, then, that’s it, the rest will be history. As far as those songs go. I’m done with those, I finished those sometime last year, that’s the way that it goes out.”

One thing we learned on American Idol is how amazing Chayce is at songwriting. Having an expert like Ilsey on hand to provide her expertise is going to make his highly-anticipated album that much better. There has been no official word on when the album will be released. Keeping with the trend of American Idol winners, the release date will probably be within the next six months.

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