Archie Williams made an immediate impact on this season of America's Got Talent from the moment he took the stage. The soulful singer wowed the judges and audience with his impressive vocal talent and inspiring backstory. He spent 36 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit and is now a shining example of perseverance. He is now competing in AGT: All Stars, and you can see him live every week on NBC and Peacock.
In his audition, Archie performed Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and earned a unanimous "Yes" from all of the judges. He also gave a powerful speech that moved the audience and the judges to tears. He was one of the most memorable contestants this season and has continued to make a profound impact on his fans since then.
It took Archie over a decade to get access to DNA testing, but the results finally proved his innocence. The victim's r*pe kit DNA didn't match Archie and the fingerprints on her body did not match his. Analysis of other evidence, including eyewitness misidentification and unreliable jailhouse informant testimony, also revealed the true assailant.
The Innocence Project is proud to have played a role in Archie's exoneration and we hope that his story inspires others to fight for justice. We are dedicated to freeing the many innocent people still incarcerated and shedding light on the flaws in our legal system that lead to wrongful convictions.