If you have spent time living in or around a major city, you probably used the subway to get around a few times. Perhaps you have even heard a “subway singer,” a musician who sings or plays music in order to earn some cash from passerby. Most of the time they aren’t very talented, but sometimes they can blow us away!
New York commuters on a recent afternoon were treated to something special that they never expected. Most try to ignore the subway singers, but this time the man’s voice that rang out caught everybody’s attention!
At first, all they could hear was the soft strumming of strings on a guitar, and a light thud on a small set of drums. Then the singer’s deep, passionate voice began to echo around the concrete subway station.
Many passersby ignored the musicians because they had headphones in, but they had no idea what they were missing out on. Some subway singers are definitely worth ignoring, but not these guys!
As you can see in the video below, their cover of, “Unchained Melody,” first made popular by The Righteous Brothers and then again by Elvis some years later. This singer’s haunting voice attracts all sorts of people to stop and listen – he’s just that good.
The song was written in 1955, a combined effort of musician Alex North and lyricist Hy Zaret. In the years since it has become a standard and is often covered by popular artists in America and across the globe. According to the song’s publishing record, it has been recorded over 1,500 times!
While this amazing singers version isn’t included in that massive number, it is certainly one of the most unique and beautiful covers of the song ever.
It’s a unique rendition, adding a whole different level of emotion to the popular tune. The video went viral almost immediately after it was posted with new fans on the internet loving his voice just as much as the subway passengers.
Someone finally identified him as Mike Yung, who has apparently been singing on the New York City subway for over 37 years! But thanks to the power of viral video, he doesn’t have to sing for his supper on the streets anymore!
Yung was given the opportunity to audition for America’s Got Talent, where he would be able to share his beautiful voice with the entire world. Not only did he make it onto the main show, he got all the way to the semi-finals!
He shared some of his personal history while on the show, including the fact that he was signed to a music label by producer/writer Teddy Vann back some years ago.
The label unfortunately folded before he could record a single note, but that didn’t stop Mike from trying to get back to the top. He began singing in the subway then and actually started making a decent living from it. 37 years later and his talent is finally getting recognized on the big stage again.
What do you think of Yung’s amazing voice?