Meet Marybeth Byrd, The Contestant of ‘American Idol 21’

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Marybeth Byrd is an American singer and songwriter. She is one of the contestants on American Idol’s Season 21, which premiered on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 19. The season is judged by Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

Who is Marybeth Byrd?

Marybeth Byrd is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter who is originally from Armorel, Arkansas. She is currently attending Arkansas State University fully online. Her passion for music originated in her childhood, utilizing the stage as an outlet to express herself, as well as aiding her in overcoming her stuttering.

Marybeth began singing at a young age and by 11 had already made it to the finals of the Mid-South Fair Jr. Talent Show and the local St. Jude Cable/Radiothon. She then worked for her father’s food truck, Big Byrd’s BBQ.

In 2017, she was titled Miss Greater Jonesboro Outstanding Teen with a focus on vocal talent and a platform of Stranger Safety: Be Smart, Cool and Safe. With her vocal performance, she went on to become second runner-up in the 2017 Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen competition.


In 2019, Marybeth performed “Angel from Montgomery” during the blind audition of The Voice, turning the chairs of all four Voice coaches with an impressive performance.


She entered as Top 8 semi-finalist for NBC’s The Voice along with the help of her coach John Legend and mentors, Usher and Taylor Swift.

Marybeth released several singles on various streaming platforms. As of 2023, she was awarded the Young Artist of the Year from the Arkansas Country Music Awards.

Marybeth has featured in Season 21 of American Idol in 2023.

In addition to her performances at nearby and distant venues, Marybeth regularly occurs in radio shows and teaches vocal lessons, voluntarily donating her efforts back to her local community.

She is also continuously working on unique music artwork, offering her services for birthday parties, festivals, general get-togethers, restaurants, and more.

Personal Life

Marybeth Byrd was born on April 12, 2001. Her father’s name is Kevin Byrd and mother’s name is Laurie Franklin Byrd. She has a sibling named Jake Byrd. ((Facebook)) She began a relationship with Christian Gunnels in 2016.

Marybeth Byrd with Parents
Marybeth Byrd with Parents
Marybeth Byrd with brother
Marybeth Byrd with brother

About American Idol 21

American Idol is back and better than ever for its twenty-first season! This sixth season since the show’s revival is hosted by Ryan Seacrest, with judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. The audition process has changed drastically due to Covid-19; this season has seen the introduction of the remote auditions that took place from August 3 to September 14, 2022.

In addition, the show brought back the “Platinum Ticket,” which gives three lucky contestants the chance to advance directly to Hollywood Week and pick their duet partners.

The journey to becoming America’s next singing idol is a long and hard one. However, viewers are able to follow along every step of the way and root for their favorites. From the regional auditions to Hollywood Week to the grueling live shows, American Idol provides an up-close look at some of the best up-and-coming talent out there. It’s an emotional roller coaster for everyone involved, filled with plenty of surprises and intense performances.

This season of American Idol looks like it will be full of moments that will stick with viewers for years to come. Let’s all stay tuned to see what amazing talent American Idol season 21 has in store!

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