58-year-old subway busker mesmerizes commuters with 'Unchained Melody'
Mike Yung, also known as the Subway Performer, has been surprising many people with his outstanding voice and the way he sings both classic and recent hits.
In a video posted on Miguel Jesus Soliman’s YouTube channel, Yung can be seen signing Unchained Melody next to two other men who were playing the guitar and the drums.
Yung’s deep voice immediately captured people’s attention who stood in front of him just as a small audience enjoying his short concert. Some people even shared their gratitude throwing in a black handbag a couple of dollars.
Every single person who put money in the bag was greeted with a huge smile or a thumbs-up from Yung, who couldn’t say anything until his performance ended.
That video was uploaded in 2016, when Yung was not that famous. In 2017, however, he went to America’s Got Talent and wowed everybody week after week, which took him to the semifinals of the competition.
Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t make it past that stage and was eliminated. Knowing that he has the talent and potential to release an album, he created a project in the website Kickstarter.
According to the biography Yung wrote for the website, he was signed to RCA Record when he was only 14. At that point, the label was called T. Electric, but it went bankrupt and he could never release his debut album.
Now, at 58 years of age, he created the Kickstarter page so people around the world could help him fulfill his dream by donating money. So far, he has collected nearly $90,000.
The details of the page set clear that it was enough for a short 5-6 song album and, even though Yung and his team were grateful for it, it was not enough for the project they planned as they want to release a full-length album with 11-12 songs.
One of the best things in Yung’s career so far was his first-ever original song titled Alright. Its video was released on February 21, 2018, and it has garnered more than 30,000 views.