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‘AGT’ Star Mike Yung Delivers A Feel-Good Performance In The Midst Of Protests [VIDEOS]

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

Remember Mike Yung, the subway busker who appeared on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent? Over the weekend, he performed in New York as Black Lives Matter protests were held in the city and around the country.


Mike’s performance is the feel-good video many people need at this difficult time. Check it out below, and read on to learn more about Mike Yung and his musical journey over the years.

Mike Yung Performs During Protests

On Sunday, Brooklyn photographer Jeremy Cohen shared a video of Mike Yung and his band performing in the park. He called it a “feel good tweet for the timeline,” and that’s definitely what it was.

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In the video, Mike performs his original song “Alright,” in which he sings, “When you’re feeling low / And there’s no one around / When it looks like it’s over / And life got you down / Hold on to me, brother / I’ll be here if you need / A brighter day is coming / I truly believe.”

Mike Yung retweeted the video on Monday, writing out the lyrics to the song and adding the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. The song’s message is something a lot of people probably need to hear right now.

Who Is This Former ‘AGT’ Star And Subway Busker?

In 2017, Mike Yung auditioned for Season 12 of America’s Got Talent. Mike had previously gone viral for a performance of “Unchained Melody” in the subway. At the time of his audition, he had been singing in the subway for 37 years.


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Mike made it to the Semifinals of AGT before he was eliminated. After his time on the show, his partner died suddenly, and his kids encouraged him to try for a second chance on AGT: The Champions. He performed an original song called “Dreamer” earlier this year.

Although Mike hasn’t tweeted regularly since early 2019, when he was on tour, he’s returned to the platform in the past several days to tweet about Black Lives Matter. He wrote that he hopes his music “is able to bring us together.”

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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