Just over a year ago Ted Williams, the man with “the golden voice,” was caught on a video that went on YouTube which went viral. A day later, Ted Williams was hired by CBS News, got a haircut and went into drug Rehab.
Now “the man with the golden voice” has a much different look. He now has a clean haircut, glasses, is no longer wearing a camouflage jacket and is living in a house.
Williams rose to fame after the Columbus Dispatch newspaper posted a video that was taken by a certain Doral Chenoweth. Williams was standing at the side of a road with a sign that read, “I have a God given gift of voice.” Curious, Chenoweth asked Williams to say something, saying “I’m going to make you work for your dollar,” and the video took off.
The TV show Entertainment Tonight also met up with Williams as he celebrated a year after his video went viral.
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“A year ago today I was living in tents under bridges, smoking crack, doing all the wild things,” he said in the video. Now he has a fireplace, a flat-screen TV and a walk-in closet that doubles as a recording studio.
“What a difference a year makes,” he said as he admits to not being able to dream of living in a spacious home more than a year ago. “It’s a hallelujah moment every day I wake up.”
However, it has not been an easy year for Williams as he became famous.
Shortly after the video went viral, the Dispatch was hit with calls and emails offering Williams job offers. The Cleveland Cavaliers offered him a full-time job doing “voice-over” work and even offered to pay the mortgage on a home. He had also made appearances on national morning shows, which included one where he reunited with his mother.
But, the quick fame turned out to be too much for Williams to handle. Less than a week after the video went viral, he was placed under arrest by police in Hollywood after being involved in a verbal argument with his daughter in a hotel room. They were staying at the hotel prior to an appearance on the Dr. Phil show. Williams had reunited with his ex-wife and five of his nine children on the show. One day later, the Dr. Phil show announced Williams was heading to rehab.
“(Williams) agreed to go to a private facility following a lengthy one-on-one conversation with Dr. Phil,” read a statement issued by the show.
“I’ve told him it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take a lot of hard work,” said Dr. Phil in the statement in an Access Hollywood article. “It might be a long journey for him, but this is a big step in the right direction.”
In the twenty years prior to becoming an overnight Internet sensation, Williams had been charged with robbery, escape, forgery and drug possession.
Today, both Chenoweth and ET report Williams is sober and doing much better.
His book, titled “A Golden Voice: How faith, hard work and humility brought me from the streets to salvation,” is set to be released in May.