The Georgia singer Willie Spence, who won the hearts of American Idol fans on his way to second place in 2021, has passed away. Katharine McPhee-Foster, a fellow American Idol alum, broke the news to her Instagram followers on Tuesday (October 11) that Spence had been killed in a car crash.
Say it with me: “Only 23 years old. Nothing is ever guaranteed in this life, she lamented. May God bless you, Willie. It was great fun singing with you and getting to know you.
In season 19, McPhee and Spence sang a duet of “The Prayer” by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. She also commented on an Instagram image made by Spence on September 25 with the words, “Sweet Willie… You were deserving of the moon and the stars. I’m sad that we won’t get to spend more time with you in this world. In a word, you were an angel. Yes, I know you are with the other angels in heaven. Have a blessed eternity.
We are devastated about the demise of our favorite American Idol family member, Willie Spence,” said the message accompanying a video of Spence’s famous audition uploaded on the show’s website on Wednesday. A representative for Idol has not yet responded to requests for comment on Spence’s death. We will miss him dearly since he was a brilliant performer who brought life to any stage he graced. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at this time. Former season 19 Idol finalists Casey Bishop, Ava August, and Olivia Ximines reacted emotionally to the video.
Singer’s alleged incident into a parked semi on the side of the road occurred on his way back to Atlanta from Tennessee, according to an unnamed family source quoted by TMZ. First to report on the Tennessee crash was Spence’s hometown newspaper, Douglas Now, located in Douglas, Georgia. At this time, no further details concerning the incident are known.
Willie Spence’s Net Worth
|Date of Birth||18 June 1999|
|Place of Birth||West Palm Beach, Florida|
|Date of Death||11 October 2022|
|Willie Spence Death Cause||Car Accident|
|Father’s Name||Willie Spence Sr.|
|Mother’s Name||Sharon Spence|
|Willie Spence’s Net Worth||$3-4 Million|
Spence made his impression on Idol by performing Rihanna’s “Diamonds” during his audition, which earned him a standing ovation from Lionel Richie and a query regarding his future from Katy Perry. “The power of your voice lies in the knowledge that you possess the ability to halt an audience in its tracks. How do you envision it in five years? If there were no obstacles, even in your greatest dreams,” Perry told them, “you could do anything.
Spence confided in her that he wanted his music to “reach the globe” and, “with any chance,” a Grammy. In five years, that’s where I hope to be. He acknowledged the challenge and expressed confidence in his ability to succeed.
Spence had an incredible run on the show, earning rave reviews for his performances of songs including “The Prayer,” “All of Me” by John Legend, “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele, “Circle of Life” by Elton John, and “Yellow” by Coldplay.
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Spence made it to the finals thanks to his renditions of John Legend and Common’s “Glory” as well as Beyoncé’s “I Was Here.” On the season 19 finale, he once again dazzled with performances of songs by Ray Charles (“Georgia on My Mind”), Sam Cooke (“A Change Is Gonna Come”), and Cynthia Erivo (“Stand Up”). He beat Grace Kinstler thanks to his performances, but country singer Chayce Beckham won the competition.
Spence uploaded an Instagram video to his account hours before the collision on Tuesday in which he sang Selah’s “You Are My Hiding Place” while driving.
Spence was supposed to have his first London performance on November 22 at the Trinity Baptist Church Oasis House in Croydon, as advertised on his Instagram. The singer appeared on the 2022 single “The Living Years” by Briana Moir and the 2021 EP of the same name, The Voice, with six songs. For more updates, you can visit on TheActiveNews.Com.