YouTube sensation Ted William's memoir of addiction, homelessness, and unlikely redemption, cowritten by #1 New York Times bestselling author Bret Witter
Ted Williams was panhandling in December 2010 when a passerby taped him and posted a clip of his gorgeous radio voice on YouTube. The video went viral, and overnight, launched him--”the homeless man with a golden voice”--into the hearts of millions.
Since then, millions have heard pieces of his story: his successful radio career, his crack addiction, his multiple arrests, and his heartbreaking relationship with his ninety-year-old mother. But in A Golden Voice, Ted Williams finally puts all the pieces together to give an unforgettable, searingly honest account of life on the streets. Nothing is held back, as Williams takes the reader through prostitution, theft, crack houses, and homeless shelters in a search, ultimately, for redemption and hope. Along the way, we see his relationship with his long-term girlfriend, Kathy, grow into an unlikely and inspiring love story, and we hear the Golden Voice of God lead Ted from the selfishness of crime to the humility of the street corner--almost a year before he was discovered--on that highway entrance ramp.
But this memoir isn't just an exploration of wrongs and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to give homelessness a voice. It is a deeply American, from-the-heart comeback story about the power of hope, faith, and personal responsibility. With the innate charisma that has won him millions of fans, Ted Williams proves that no one, no matter how degraded, is too lost for a second chance.
Ted Williams, known as "The Man With the Golden Voice," grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and was once the #1 drive-time DJ in Columbus, Ohio. Due to drug and alcohol addiction, he eventually lost his job and spent 17 years homeless on the streets of Columbus. After achieving viral fame, Williams got clean and is back on the airwaves, doing voiceover work for the likes of Kraft, Pepsi, and MSNBC, among others. He now cohosts a radio show, WVKO-AM Columbus's "The Golden Voice Show" with Scott Anthony.
Andy Williams was one of the world's best-loved vocalists and entertainers since he began his professional career more than 70 years ago. Known as the King of Hearts, the Emperor of Easy, and Mr. Moon River, he divided his time between La Quinta, California, and Branson, Missouri. Williams died in 2012 at the age of 84, and over his career recorded 42 studio albums. His memoir is called Moon River and Me.