Mike Yung Goes From Viral Subway Busker To National Singing Sensation In One Week

You can never give up.

Singer Mike Yung has seen his music career take many turns throughout his life.

Once signed to T-Electric Records — the same label that released Etta James' 1980 album Changes — Yung found himself out of a record deal after the founder went bankrupt. He told Pitchfork, "Something went wrong, and [Jim] Tyrell didn't get to do my album ..."

Despite the setback, Yung continued to sing.

"You continue to do what you can do to pay your bills and keep your head from going insane," he said. Even if that meant working for the Parks and Recreation Department in New York City to busking in subway stations, he did it. 

Last week, his cover of “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers went viral, being viewed 40 million, according to James Corden.

In fact, The Late Late Show host was so moved by Yung's rendition of the classic song, he invited the singer with the throwback, soulful voice to perform on his stage in Los Angeles Wednesday night. It was magical, to the say the least.

Now, Yung is getting his shot at recording the track in a professional studio.

Besides recording his breakout cover performance, Yung informed the world on Twitter that an album is in the works as well. He hopes it can get him out of the subway once and for all, where he has been attacked and even stabbed, according to Pitchfork.

We hope it does.

If you need a dose of inspiration, you can follow Yung on Twitter and watch his rendition of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come." If you didn't believe it before, this singer is definitely proof that it most certainly does.

More From A Plus


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.