Wrongly-Incarcerated Man Sings 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' On AGT

Wrongly-Incarcerated Man Sings 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' On AGT

After spending 37 years in prison, Archie Williams delivered an unforgettable performance of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ on America’s Got Talent.


In 1983, Archie was convicted for attempted murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary and sentenced to life in prison without parole. But the 22-year-old was innocent. “Three people testified that I was at home, but they wanted somebody to pay. I was sentenced to life and 80 years without the possibility of parole or probation.”

He spent 37 years in prison for a crime that he never committed. During that time, Archie never gave up on his dream of singing. He said that he would watch AGT in prison and tell himself that he would be on that stage one day.

In 2019, with help from the Innocence Project, Archie 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!