Meet Ted Williams, a homeless man with a golden voice who became a viral sensation on the internet after a reporter with The Columbus Dispatch nabbed video footage of him singing his heart out while panhandling alongside the freeway in Columbus, Ohio.
Ted’s video has been tearing up the Internet, garnering more than four million views on YouTube. Now possible job opportunities are coming his way.
Williams once had a promising career in radio, but he lost everything after becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. The Brooklyn native — who has been living on the mean streets of Columbus for four years — has been sober for the last two.
“I’m gonna be going to New York, hopefully this afternoon… I apologize. I’m getting a little emotional. I haven’t seen my mom in a great deal of time,” Williams said during an appearance on CBS’ The Early Show Wednesday.
“She doesn’t believe (what’s been happening to me). She’s 92. She lives in Brooklyn. I was born and raised in Brooklyn. … One of my biggest prayers that I sent out was that she would live long enough for me to see me rebound or whatever, and I guess God kept her around and kept my pipes around to maybe just have one more shot that I would be able to say, ‘Mom, I did do it before,’ — I might pass away before her or whatever, but my dad didn’t get a chance to see this. But God is good.”