American Idol Runner-Up Willie Spence: Where Is He Now?

Willie Spence


Willie Spence

Willie Spence was a runner-up on ABC’s “American Idol” season 19, and the star stopped by season 20 to congratulate a contestant on making it to Hollywood Week.

Spence surprised Taniya boat builder, who said she was inspired by him during her American Idol audition. She sang “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke for her audition and said she was bullied growing up about her weight and was inspired by Spence during his time on the show.

“Walk into that room with your head held high and make sure you stay true to yourself and believe in yourself throughout the competition,” Spence told Boatwright.

Spence placed second during his stint on American Idol, losing to Chayce Beckham in the season finale.

Spence teased a new song in February 2022

In February 2022, Spence teased a new song titled “Myself.”

During the Instagram video, he sang in his signature powerful voice while being supported by the piano.

“I can see the world is so proud of me / But that’s not exactly where I want to be / I’m not really trying to sound ungrateful,” Spence sings. He later says that he is “bigger than myself” and he plans to “keep going, keep striving, keep praying, through it all.”

Spence captioned the video with “#deletingsoon”, although it’s still online at the time of writing on March 18, 2022. The video lasts one minute and ten seconds, which was plenty of time to get fans excited about the possibility of a new Spence release.

On February 25, 2022, Timbaland, record producer, rapper and singer-songwriter, shared a video of Spence on his Instagram feed with the caption “SHINE BRIGHT”.

This video received 99,376 likes at the time of writing. Spence currently has nearly 500,000 followers on Instagram.

Spence released an EP in 2021

Spence published a EP in 2021. The album contained six songs entitled “Forever More”, “Chance On Me”, “Reckless”, “So Gone”, “Notice Me” and “One Minute With God”.

The album did not include the song titled “Pressure,” which Spence previously teased.

The song explores Spence’s feelings about the performance and what it means for him and his family to be where he is on his American Idol journey.

“I’m so glad I made it now. I was great when it felt like I couldn’t take it that I was thinking about my family,” Spence sings.

He goes on to talk about the sleepless nights he spent thinking about his family and coping with all the pressures he’s feeling, and he keeps some impressive notes throughout.

Spence also performed at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in August 2021 to the Atlanta Journal ConstitutionSpence had a gospel segment in the concert.

“A lot of people love to see that side of me,” he said at the time. “I sang gospel on the show, but I didn’t sing it the way I usually do. After that they will see how I grew up, where I come from.”

The outlet reported that Spence has showcased his talent at “festivals, car shows and other events,” and that the singer-songwriter is hoping to work with producers and release a full album sometime in the near future.

“American Idol” airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on ABC.

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