Who is Willie Spence?

Willie Spence was a popular American singer, who was a runner-up of Season 19 of American Idol at the age of 22.

Willie Spence Career

Spence posted online videos of him singing during his time in high school. A video he had posted singing Rihanna’s single ”Diamonds” went viral on YouTube in 2017, finally garnering more than 15 million views. This earned Spence significant attention, such as an appearance on the talk show Steve, hosted by Steve Harvey. In 2021, he auditioned for season 19 of American Idol. Spence’s performance earned a positive reception from the judges, and he ended up placing second in the competition, only behind Chayce Beckham.


On October 11, 2022, Willie was killed in a car crash on Interstate 24 near Chattanooga. Spence’s death was reported by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. As per WSB-TV in Atlanta, Spence was driving a Jeep Cherokee when he veered off 1-24 at around 16:00 ET. His car hit a vehicle that was stopped on the shoulder of the road. Luckily, the driver of that vehicle was not injured.

The official Instagram account for American Idol reposted a video of his audition for the show as a tribute. Beckham and Katharine McPhee, a contestant on the show’s 5th season who had previously performed with him, posted their own tributes on Willie on Instagram.

A photo of Willie Spence
A photo of Willie Spence

How old is Willie Spence?

Willie Spence died at the age of 23, in Jasper, Tennessee, U.S. on October 11, 2022, after a car accident. He was born on June 18, 1999, in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., and shared his birthday with famous people including Trippie Redd, Blake Shelton, Josh Dun, Paul McCartney, Richard Madden, Willa Holland, Melanie Iglesias, and Della Smith, among others.

Willie Spence Family

Who are Willie Spence’s parents?

Spence was born to his parents, Sharon Singleton Spence and Willie Spence Sr., in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was brought up in Douglas, Georgia following his family moving there. He is of African-American ethnicity.

Does Willie Spence have siblings?

Spence was born into a family of three children as the youngest. He has two siblings, sisters Kendra Spence-Western and Tyerra Gilbert.

Willie Spence Education

Spence attended Coffee County High School, where he started posting videos of himself singing. He then joined Florida State University, where he graduated.

Willie Spence Girlfriend

Spence was single and not married as of his death, and was not linked to any relationships by the media.

Willie Spence Kids

Spence was single and not married at the time of his death and did not have any children of his own.

Willie Spence Height

Spence had a well-built, large, and physically fit body adding up to a height of 5 ft 11 in (1.82 m) and a weight of 181 kg (400 lbs).

Willie Spence Net Worth

American singer, Spence was a runner-up of Season 19 of American Idol in 2021. He had gathered an accumulative net worth of $1-5 million as of his death in 2022.

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