Archie Williams takes the ‘AGT’ stage with little fanfare. He is just a man on a low-lit stage, dressed in a simple suit. He looks classy and sharp. As he sings out the lyrics to the iconic Stevie Wonder song, ‘Love’s In Need Of Love Today,’ you can’t help but be drawn to his soulful and expressive brown eyes.
They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, and Archie’s are wide open for everyone to see. There is pain, and there is anguish, but there is also disbelief and the slightest hint of hope. He croons, “Hate’s goin’ round, breaking many hearts, stop it please before it’s gone too far.”
Thirty-six years ago, hatred went too far. Archie was wrongfully convicted of a heinous crime, despite a lack of evidence, because he was a poor black 22-year-old man, and the victim was a white woman. I can not imagine what he endured all of those years in prison as an innocent man.
It is commendable that this man can sing of love needing love, and the things we can do to be better people. He does it in such a way that you can see every ounce of emotion in his eyes and hear the pain in every note. He has a fanbase loyal to his outstanding voice, and the story is Archie Williams.