After spending 37 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Archie Williams is free and performing an incredibly powerful version of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ on America’s Got Talent.
In 1983, a court convicted Archie Williams to life in prison without parole for attempted murder, aggravated rape, and aggravated burglary. But the 22-year-old was innocent.
"Three people testified that I was at home,” the wrongly-incarcerated man explained, “but they wanted somebody to pay. I was sentenced to life and 80 years without the possibility of parole or probation."
Archie spent 37 years in prison for a crime that he never committed. But during that time, he never gave up on his dream of singing. Archie said that he would watch AGT in prison and tell himself that he would be on that stage one day.
Decades Later, Wrong Gets Righted
In 2019, with help from the Innocence Project, Archie Williams was exonerated of all charges and freed from prison.
Today, he's standing on the America's Got Talent stage and singing an inspiring rendition of ‘Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me.'
"Don’t let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me"
After this stunning act, everyone was on their feet for Archie. The judges were visibly moved. Simon Cowell said, “I will never, ever listen to that song the same way after you sang that. This is an audition I will never forget for the whole of my life, Archie.”
The other judges agreed and Archie was voted through to the next round. We are all so excited to see what the future has in store for this incredible performer!
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WATCH: ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ By Archie Williams