Musical talent can come from anywhere. Most people don’t tend to look past their favorite streaming service for talented singers, but these people are missing out. “Why are they missing out?” I hear you say- well! These people with their eyes to the ground are missing out on a world of gifted musicians who might be found in the places you’d least expect.
Mike Yung is one such musician.
He’s an incredible vocalist with talent pouring out of his ears, but only relatively recently has he seen any shade of fame when a video of him singing The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” in a metro station went viral. Following his subway claim to fame, he has competed on AGT for the world to see. We’ll get into that in a minute but first, let’s talk about the video that made him big.
Mike and his band ready themselves in the metro station.
It’s the busy 23rd street station in New York City, to plenty of commuters with sad ears. You may be thinking “With a full drum set and an electric guitar, won’t Mike need a microphone?”. The answer is NO, he does not. As he begins singing it becomes clear that over the instruments and the ambient sounds of the subway goers, he has a voice powerful enough to dominate the space.
The first of his patrons arrives.
Mike Yung’s fan base began to grow even before he was ever famous. His first fans came from this very spot, and we can see them grow in numbers, and putting money into his collection pot. Without breaking his vocal stride, or faltering in any way he is able to smile and tip his head to his contributors. It’s clear that Mike already has the right stuff to be not just a singer, but a charismatic crooner.
He sings with such soul!
Not only is Mike’s voice heavenly to listen to, it has such a weight and soul to it that it’s hard to believe that Mike could live any life short of that of a star. He’s got a gravitas, a prowess, and not only that but you can see the love that he has for music with every word he sings.
Could you be more stylish as a singer, than throwing up a big ol’ thumbs-up mid word?
I think the answer is no to that one too.
Even as the crowd grows and a roaring train comes and goes, Mike’s voice rings beautifully through the station.
More and more people stop and watch him sing, and you can’t blame them when such an angelic voice just shows up along your commute. When he finally reaches the conclusion of his rendition, the entire crowd applauds him, as he holds a proud grin.
His video has gained 4.4 million views on YouTube and for good reason. This commenter sums up his performance well:
What a world we live in, where the soul and heart are shunned to the subways while the corporations fill our radios with artificial celebrities. I come back to this video every now and then to help restore my faith.
Watch the full video below to enjoy Mike’s soulful subterranean performance.
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