A Complete Biography of American Idol’s Runner-Up, Willie Spence

American Idol’s Runner Up Willie Spence

Willie Spence, an aspiring singer, made news all over the internet with his exceptional and out-of-the-world performance on the nineteenth season of American Idol. He sang back-to-back trending songs in his soulful voice and ended up being the first runner-up of the show. 

After this title, his fame rose, earning him significant opportunities to nurture his passion. Before appearing in American Idols, he used to sing covers of the most loved and requested songs on YouTube. Recently, Spence was all over the news again but not for a good reason. Sadly, he died in an unfortunate car accident at the tender age of 23. 

Learn more about the singer’s early life, family, relationships, and more in this blog.

Willie Spence Birth Date and Early Life

Willie Spence was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States, on Friday, 18th June 1999. At the age of six, Spence shifted to Georgia with his family. Since his early days, he has been a singing child. He showed off his talent in a church at the age of three. He practiced under his master, who was also his grandfather. 

Spence took his passion for singing to YouTube, where he got recognition for his immense talent. Diamond, a song by Rihanna, was his winning song in the popular American talent show American Idols, which left the judges amazed. 

Willie Spence’s Parents and Siblings

Willie Spence was born to his parents, Sharon Spence and Willie Spence Sr. His mother, Sharon, also shares his talent for singing and is a singer. At the same time, Spence’s father is a well-known chef. He had two sisters, namely Tyerra Gilbert and Kendra Western, who is a school principal.

American Idol Audition and Top Records

In the 19th season of American Idols, Spence performed Rihanna’s song ‘Diamonds’ as his audition song. The judges were blown away by his performance and wanted to hear more. 

After receiving approval from all the judges, he was sent forward to the next round, where he sang legendary songs like ‘All of me,’ ‘Stay,’ and ‘I was here’ again was so melodic that he reached the category of Top 24. 

From his journey from top 24 to top 4, he chose the songs ‘Georgia on my mind’, ‘A change is gonna come,’ and ‘ Stand Up’ to sing in the finale of American Idols season 19.

Relationships and Marriage

Willie Spence did not reveal his relationship status. He is considered single and unmarried.

Published Songs

Willie Spence recently released an album named ‘The Voice’ with songs like ‘So Gone,’ ‘One Minute With God,’ ‘Reckless,’ ‘ Chance On Me,’ ‘Forever More,’ and ‘Notice Me.’ Some of his other songs include ‘Without Me’ ‘I’m so Tired’ ‘Hold Me’ ‘The Living Years’ ‘Never Be Alone’ and ‘Diamonds.’

Willie Spence’s Net Worth

Being the runner-up of the show made Spence madly famous. His increasing fame led him to some great opportunities. Together with Instagram, YouTube and Twitter made his worth around $ 3-4 million US dollars. With his departure, his fortune will be transferred to his parents.

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Cause of Death

The sudden and tragic death of Willie Spence has left the music industry shaken.

On 11th October 2022, Willie Spence met with an unfortunate road accident on his way toward his parent’s house. His cause of death is multiple system trauma caused by a vehicle accident. 

Since the news came out,  Spence’s fans and friends have been devastated. Several singers and internet personalities have been pouring their condolences and reminding others that everyone will miss his soul and melodic voice. 


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