Ted Williams (pictured), the once-homeless man who catapulted to stardom with his “Golden Voice,” was discovered by a reporter as he stood panhandling at a highway exit ramp holding a handmade sign that read, “I have a God-given gift of voice. I am an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please, any help will be gratefully appreciated.” The reporter filmed Williams using his radio voice, and the video rocketed to millions of views on YouTube. The discovery led to lucrative deals for Williams, but now a mere three years later, he is broke, according to The Columbus-Dispatch.
After the YouTube sensation floored his viewers with his vocal quality, there were tons of subsequent interviews and job offers with companies, such as Kraft Foods, NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers organization, and MSNBC. Williams toured the country on a lecture circuit addressing large groups and organizations about his story in order to share about the plight of homelessness.
Consequently, Williams created “The Williams Project” a not-for-profit organization with a goal of eradicating homelessness in Columbus, Ohio.
Down the pike also came a sweet book deal for the biography “A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation” that garnered the former army vet and former 17-year alcohol/crack/cocaine addict a reported $375,000 advance paycheck.
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