A young American Singer, Songwriter, and Internet Sensation, Willie Spence rose to fame competing on the 19th season of the American Idol. During the audition, he performed “Diamonds” by Rihanna and earned a yes from all three judges; Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie. Prior to his audition in American Idol, he was working the job of a caretaker. During the finale, Chayce Beckham won as he got fewer votes than her finishing runner-up. He started his career by practicing singing at the age of 3. Back then, he came to public attention after posting covers of famous musicians’ songs on his social media platforms. He has more than 487K followers on his Instagram account @williespenceofficial, more than 12k followers on his Twitter account @williespenceofficial, and more than 551K subscribers on his YouTube channel ‘Willie Spence’.
Willie Spence runner up in American Idol finale
Willie Spence earned a runner-up spot in the American Idol following the Grande Finale between Spence, Grace Kinstler, and Chayce Beckham. Beckham earned this year’s title beating out Spence in the final vote. Beckham explained that he had shared an exchange with Spence as they made their way to the Idol stage for the last time together. The two-faced one other competitor, Grace Kinstler, in the final round. After Kinstler was eliminated early in the show, just Beckham and Spence remained. Before host Ryan Seacrest announced the results, the men exchanged “I love yous.” And Beckham added, “The bond that we have, it’s gonna last forever, I already know. Either way, we’re good.” When Beckham’s name was called, Spence gave him a big hug.
- Being an American Singer and Songwriter.
- For competing on the 19th season of the American Idol.
Where is Willie Spence from?
On 18th June 1999, Willie Spence was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, the USA. He spent his childhood in Georgia. He holds American nationality and his ethnicity is African-American. His race is Black. Willie celebrated his 20th birthday as of 2020 and his age will turn 21 on his upcoming birthday on 18th June. His Zodiac sign is Gemini and his religion is Christian. He was born to his parents, Sharon Spence (mother) and Willie Spence Sr. (father). His mother is a singer and his father is a chef. He began singing at 3 years old and has grown up singing in his granddad’s congregation in Florida. His grandfather passed away in March 2021.
About his education details, Willie attended Coffee High School and then attended Florida State University for College.
How was the Career of Willie Spence?
- Willie Spence started singing when he was three.
- He came to public attention being the contestant of ABC’s singing competition, American Idol, season 19.
- Initially, he auditioned with Rihanna’s “Diamond” for which he earned three yeses and a golden ticket from the judges; Luke Brayan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie. He credits his family with helping him get through the hard times. “I do this for my family,” he said before his audition.
- After that, he was joined by Katherine McPhee to sing Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion’s “Prayer” for the Duet stage of the American Idol which got him to Top 16.
- He sang “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele in Top 16 getting to the Top 12.
- In Top 12, he sang “Stand Up” by Cynthia Erivo and moved to Top 10 where she performed “Circle of Life” by Elton John and made it to the Top 7.
- He sang “Yellow” by Coldplay and “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker in Top 7.
- He then sings “Glory” by John Legend for a duet with Grace Kinstler.
- During the finale, Chayce Backham got more votes than Willie. During his last performance, he sang “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles, “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke, and “Stand Up” by Cynthia Erivo.
- He has also released a six-song EP titled “The Voice” on 2nd April 2021 and the songs are So Gone, Reckless, One Minute With God, Forever More, Chance On Me, Notice Me.
Who is Willie Spence Dating?
Willie Spence is not married yet and he is still to get married. He has kept his dating life private. Thus, it is not known whether he has a girlfriend or not. There is also no any affairs and relationship about him in the past. Therefore, we can assume that he is currently single and he is enjoying his present life a lot without any disturbances. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.
How much is Willie Spence Net Worth?
Aspiring Singer, Willie Spence has an accumulated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million as of 2021. His major source of wealth comes from the music industry. He is living a cool lifestyle as of today. Information about his cars and mansion has not been disclosed yet. During his work as a caretaker, he earns about $11K. He is making $4K monthly from his YouTube channel alone.
How tall is Willie Spence?
Willie Spence is a handsome man with a large body build. He has a very charming smile with a glowing face attracting a lot of people towards him. He stands tall at the perfect height of 6 ft. Due to his weight, he was even bullied. Before his audition in ‘American Idol’, he had gone through some weight loss. During that time, his weight was 272 KG which equals 600 Pounds. Currently, he is working out by doing frequent exercises and he is very conscious about his food intake. His present weight is 181 Kg or 400lbs. His hair color and eye color, both is black.
Willie Spence Weight Loss
“I turned myself into the hospital to get a checkup because I had pain in my chest,” Willie explained. “The doctors told me they found fluid in my lungs. I weighed 600 pounds. When they told me that, I knew I had to focus more on my health. I went from 600 pounds to 400 pounds”. He also admitted “I have a trainer now. I’m doing better. I have no fluid.” Altogether, he lost over 180 pounds by the time he auditioned. “I’m just being healthy and focusing,” he said. “If I don’t have good health, I won’t be able to sing.”