Mike Yung

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Mike Yung
Birth nameMichael Young
Born (1959-11-15) November 15, 1959 (age 60)
New York, New York, United States

Michael Young (better known as Mike Yung) is an American singer from New York City. He competed on America's Got Talent season 12 and made it to the semifinals.[1] He currently is set to release his debut album, I Will Never Give Up, in 2018.[2]


Before America's Got Talent[edit]

Mike Yung sang at New York City Subway stations before his career on America's Got Talent. In 2016, a video of him in a subway station singing The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" went viral.[3] The video was viewed over 2 million times in one week.[3] He performed the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote it as the lead single of his album.[4][5]

America's Got Talent[edit]

Mike Yung singing in a New York city subway station

Yung passed the audition for America's Got Talent[6] and made it to the quarterfinals. He performed "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran in the quarterfinals.[7] Yung was eliminated in the semifinals where he performed " Don't Give Up on Me" by Solomon Burke.[8]

After America's Got Talent[edit]

Yung released "Alright" as a single on January 12, 2018, along with a lyric video.[9] On March 2, 2018, Yung announced a Kickstarter fundraiser for the album, where he had raised $90,000, enough for an EP, as of October 2018.[10]

On July 28, 2018, Yung started his Never Give Up Tour.[11]

In August 2018, Dutch DJ/producer Martin Garrix confirmed in an interview to working with Yung on a new song which will be released on November 1, 2018 titled "Dreamer".[12] The song was released on November 1, 2018 and made a tribute to Mike's late wife Lydia, who had died earlier in 2018.



Title Year Peak chart positions Album







"Change Is Gonna Come" 2016 Non-album singles
"Unchained Melody" 2017
"Alright"[17] 2018 39 Never Give Up
"Dreamer"(with Martin Garrix) 17 28 72 31
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Dixon, Marcus James (2017-09-06). "Mike Yung performs on 'America's Got Talent' Semifinals 1: Subway singer takes on 'Don't Give Up On Me' [WATCH]". GoldDerby. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  2. ^ "I Will Never Give Up". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  3. ^ a b "Searching the Subway for Mike Yung, the Viral Singer that Time Forgot | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  4. ^ "Viral subway singer shuts down the 'Late Late Show' with stunning performance". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  5. ^ The Late Late Show with James Corden (2016-09-14), Mike Yung: Unchained Melody, retrieved 2018-08-26
  6. ^ Anthony Ying (2017-07-12), America's Got Talent 2017 Mike Yung Street Singer Full Intro & Audition S12E06, retrieved 2018-08-26
  7. ^ America's Got Talent (2017-08-29), Mike Yung: Subway Singer Serenades With "Thinking Out Loud" - America's Got Talent 2017, retrieved 2018-08-26
  8. ^ Cohn, Paulette (2017-09-05). "America's Got Talent: 11 Acts Compete to Make it to the Finals. Who Was a Hit?". Parade.
  9. ^ Mike Yung (2018-02-21), Mike Yung - Alright (Lyric Video), retrieved 2018-08-26
  10. ^ "I Will Never Give Up". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  11. ^ "Concerts". mikeyungnewyork.com. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  12. ^ "Martin Garrix Announces Collaboration With Legendary Street Performer". Your EDM. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  13. ^ "Martin Garrix feat. Mike Yung - Dreamer". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  14. ^ 40, Stichting Nederlandse Top. "Top 40 week 47 van 2018". Top40.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-11-24.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". www.sverigetopplistan.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  16. ^ "EDM Music & Dance Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  17. ^ Alright - Single by Mike Yung on iTunes, 2018-01-12, retrieved 2018-08-26