Meet Marybeth Byrd, who before even voicing a note had the Idol judges hooked during her American Idol Season 21 audition. Oh, yes! She is going to Hollywood and in the meantime, we shall tell you all — who she is, her family background, her American Idol journey, her boyfriend, and more.
Marybeth Byrd On American Idol
The American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan were already in love with Marybeth Byrd when she shared with them her memorable and snappy name. And when she presented to them her version of the country song “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” by the Steeldrivers, they could not help but adore her even more.
Marybeth received a standing ovation from the judges and Lionel quickly commented that when she opened her mouth, it was “correct”. “Period,” he remarked. Luke too joined him and said that Marybeth’s “first note” and anyone can tell she has it in her. He also gushed that he sees a very bright future for her. When it was Katy’s turn she also wished Marybeth all the best and particularly nudged her not to change a thing and to be just the way she is.
Marybeth’s audition video from 6 March 2023 was trending at 305,323 views a day later.
Marybeth Byrd Job
Marybeth Byrd is a country radio host/DJ. And as of March 2023, she was working at Mix 106.3, a radio station that broadcasts out of Jonesboro, Ark. She said she has been an on-air personality at the Jonesboro Radio Group’s station in Downtown, Jonesboro since 1 January 2021.
Also, since 14 March 2021, Marybeth has been working as a vocal coach/music coach at IHMV, I Heart My Voice. In the year 2023, Marybeth is also expecting to graduate from Arkansas State University. She got enrolled here in 2019.
“Just a girl who loves Jesus, music, and buffalo chicken pizza,” Marybeth cited on her IG bio instead of giving detail about her job.
The discographer/singer/songwriter thus far enjoyed 505 monthly followers on her verified channel on Spotify.
How Much Is Marybeth Byrd’s Net Worth?
Marybeth Byrd reportedly had above $200K net worth as of March 2023. Some of this, it seems, she also earned as her commission from her Amazon storefront.
Back in 2019, Marybeth made it to the “Top 8” semifinals on Season 17 of NBC’s The Voice with the help of her coach, John Legend, and mentors: Usher and Taylor Swift. Then, in 2021 she received “Young Artist of the Year” from the Arkansas Country Music Awards.
Marybeth Byrd Height
Naturally beautiful and with of warm personality, Marybeth Byrd stands above 5’4” in height.
How Old Is Marybeth Byrd?
In 2022, Marybeth Byrd turned 22 years old.
Marybeth Byrd Family
Marybeth Byrd’s mother Laurie Franklin Byrd turned 47 years old in September 2022. The matriarch back in the day studied at Blytheville High School, (Accountancy and Business) at Arkansas State University. As of 2023, she was living in Blytheville, Arkansas, and was still married to Kevin Dale Byrd, Marybeth’s dad. He turned 51 in July 2022.
Marybeth is just as fond of her father. In her words, he is her hero, she loves the man beyond words, has never left his baby girl’s side even under tough circumstances, and so on. On social media, one can often see her thanking him for being an amazing dad, husband, and grandpa to his granddog. While on Mother’s Day once, we spotted Marybeth write “Happy Mother’s Day to this beautiful, talented, role model of mine! You’re such a light in everyone’s life and I’m so blessed that God chose me to be your daughter.”
Marybeth says her parents have always made sure she and her brother Jake Byrd have everything they need and could ever want.
When her grandfather Jerry Byrd passed away in October 2019, Marybeth gushed on a social media post about heaven gaining a very special angel. She further said that he was her biggest supporter, her number one fan, the best Papaw in the world, and basically her world. She also wrote that he was the biggest goofball, yet the biggest sweetheart she has ever had the pleasure of knowing. Jerry before he passed away was married to Genia Byrd.
Marybeth Byrd Boyfriend
Marybeth Byrd’s boyfriend is Christian Gunnels (on IG @gunnels_28). She seemed to have continued dating even as of the time of this writing. Also, it appears they have been together since at least 2018.
Another thing is they are high school sweethearts and so they have believed that this very fact has made their relationship the strongest.
The last time we saw Marybeth talk about her boyfriend on social media was on 7 June 2022 when she thanked him for the night earlier at the Arkansas Country Music Awards 2022. “Thank you SO MUCH Christian Gunnels for following me around all day, making sure I was fed, dressed, etc!”, these were her words.
Where Is Marybeth Byrd From?
Marybeth hails from Armorel, an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Mississippi County, Arkansas. During her audition performance on Idol, Marybeth shared that she comes from a place with a population of 300.
When Is Marybeth Byrd’s Birthday?
Marybeth Byrd’s birthday is on April 20th and that makes her a Taurus.
Is Marybeth Byrd On Instagram?
Yes. Marybeth Byrd could be found on Instagram @marybethbyrdmusic with 175 posts and 29.1K followers as of 7 March 2023.
So far, she also enjoyed 2,089 followers on her TikTok account @marybethbyrdmusic as well as some 10K followers on her ‘Marybeth Byrd Music’ Facebook page. She had a separate ‘Marybeth Byrd’ Facebook meant more for her endeavors other than music.