In 1982, young Archie Williams was caught and placed into prison for crimes he did not engage in. After 36 years, he was cleared of all charges and given his freedom back.
The injustice that was done to him took away more than half of his life, but his passion for singing kept his soul alive, and no jail or prison could take away the fire that burned inside him to perform.
When Archie stepped on to AGT Season 15, his audition rocked the whole program. His narrative and his voice rocked the internet, stealing the hearts of the judges and public and he made it to the top 10 list of the season.
Although he did not win, Williams claimed he was happy and it felt fine with him. Since that time, he has been actively participating in the efforts of the organization known as “Project Innocence,” which advocates on behalf of those who were wrongfully convicted of crimes and had been in circumstances that were similar to his own.
Williams decided to perform “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers for his performance on his return to AGT-All Stars. This was Williams’ first time competing on the show. “I first laid eyes on the love of my life when I was 12 years old, and her name is music.
Before he started singing, he made a statement to the effect of, “They tried to take away my life, but I wouldn’t let them take away my music.”
The audience and the judges stood to give him a standing ovation after his sincere and deep performance, which moved both their hearts and their souls.
The judge, Heidi, remarked, “You will always have a special spot in my heart thank you, and you touch my heart every time when you are on that stage that voice can’t hide anywhere because it’s just you, it’s honest, it’s raw, it’s Archie, and I’m so happy that you’re here on that stage today you are a true All-Star.”