Just a few days ago, Ted Williams was a homeless man living on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. But thanks to his "golden pipes" --his incredible radio voice -- he is getting a second chance at life. Now he has even had the chance to reunite with his mother, whom he had not seen in ten years.
"It was just a dream come true because, like I said, if anything transpired out of this whole madness that I am going through I did want this to happen, to be here, to be with her," Williams said on "Good Morning America" today. "I am still lost for words sometimes."
And "madness" is an understatement. Since the video of Williams went viral online, offers from tons of organizations from Kraft Foods to MTV have started pouring in.
His "golden pipes" video got 13 million views in less than 48 hours, but was later removed from YouTube because the Columbus Dispatch, the newspaper that originally broke the story, owned the copyright to it.
Williams is trying to not let his overnight success get to his head, and says this time around he is relying more on his faith and not taking anything for granted.
"I made $60,000 a year in 1988, $62,000, for just some voice work," said Williams. "I was working morning drive in Cleveland, Ohio, 1490 WJMO, but I never, not once, said, 'Thank you, Jesus.' But this time around — nothing for granted — I'm not taking not a minute for granted, and I am going to thank Him and acknowledge Him."
Williams has plenty to be grateful for. He is getting a second chance most convicted felons don't get. He has had several past arrests for theft, robbery, forgery, and drug possession. His mother, Julia Williams, now 90, was ready to throw in the towel.
"I just gave up and I said I just can't go through no more," she said on "GMA." But Julia Williams said she relied heavily on her church, which she has been attending since 1957, to cope with the downward spiral of her son's life.
"Oh, I've been through this lots, but I have survived through going to church, I have survived," she said. "God has looked over me all the way and he's helped me through because I didn't have anybody. My husband died ten years ago."
Williams says he has been embracing his faith more and that is the reason for his success.
"Somebody gave me a date book, a planner and it closed with 2010 and started with 2011," he said. "And in the 2010 area I was getting ready to write 'another year wasted,' but something came into me, the Lord talked to me and said, 'Wait a minute, in 2010 you found me.'"
Williams said he will not only rely on his faith for support. Although he says he has been clean for two years, he will still attend Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous.
"Golden Voice" has decided to accept the offers of two companies — Kraft Foods and The Cleveland Cavaliers. He has already recorded a commercial to air this weekend for the popular macaroni and cheese company and is looking forward to the house the Cavs offered him.
"Between the two of those I think I can juggle that and still get a meeting in every now and then," Williams said as he looked over at his mother.
Williams vows to never return to the streets and be a better father to his nine children.
"I have finally become the dad they thought I would be," he said.
Julia Williams leaves her son with one last piece of advice in his newfound success:
"Just get your life together, and don't leave God out," she said. "Get it together, forget about the old friends and the things you used to do with the old friends, leave it out there. Have a new life."