Willie Spence was an American singer. He was the runner-up of the nineteenth season of American Idol at the age of 22. Spence has also released his singles on his official YouTube channel. His cover song Diamond has the highest views of his account. He started singing at the age of 3 years old and has grown up singing in his grandfather’s church in Florida. Willie performed songs by Rihanna, John Legend, R. Kelly, and more.

Birth Name

Willie Spence




Singer, Lyricist, YouTuber, and Social Media Personality



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Willie Spence was born on the 18th of June 1999, in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States.


Spence was died on the 11th of October 2022 (aged 23), in Jasper, Tennessee, United States.

Sun Sign







His educational qualifications are unknown.

Family Details

  • Father – Willie Spence Sr.
  • Mother – Sharon Singleton-Spence
  • Siblings – Kendra Spence-Western (school principal in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States) (Older Sister), Tyerra Gilbert (Sister)

Marital Status


Girlfriend / Spouse

Willie Spence has dated –


Willie has largely opted to keep his personal life away from the public spotlight, which makes it difficult for us to say anything about his love life and dating history.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 11 inches
  • In centimeters – 180 cm
  • In meters – 1.8 m


  • In Kilograms – 180 kg
  • In Pounds – 397 lbs

Eye Color


Hair Color




Professional Statistics

Famous For

Willie became known for being one of the participants of the American Idol Season 19 (2021). He was declared the first runner-up of the show. He auditioned on the show with Rihanna’s hit song Diamonds.

Television Debut

In 2021, Spence landed his first role in television by appearing as participant in the TV show, American Idol Season 19.

Willie Spence Net worth

Willie Spence has an estimated net worth of $550K dollars as of 2023.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Willie Spence

  • Spence was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and grew up in Douglas, Georgia, after his family moved there. He has two sisters named Kendra Spence-Western (a school principal in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States) and Tyerra Gilbert.
  • He posted online videos of him singing during his time in high school.
  • In 2017, a video he had posted singing the Rihanna song Diamonds went viral on YouTube, eventually garnering over 15 million views. This brought him significant attention, including an appearance on the talk show Steve, hosted by Steve Harvey.
  • The official Instagram account for American Idol reposted a video of Spence’s audition for the show as a tribute. Beckham and Katharine McPhee, a contestant on the show’s fifth season who had previously performed with Spence, posted their own tributes to Spence on Instagram.
  • Willie is the fifth American Idol finalist to die after Michael Johns in 2014, Rickey Smith in 2016, Leah LaBelle in 2018, and Nikki McKibbin in 2020.
  • In 2021, Spence auditioned for season 19 of American Idol. His performances received a positive reception from the judges, and Spence 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 at 23 years old. His death was reported by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.


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