After being forced by his parents to practice classic violin and piano as a child, 26 year-old Los Angeles native David Choi almost felt like quitting music entirely at a time. However, that all changed after being exposed to the world of pop music in the sixth grade by way of Smash Mouth’s “All Star”, having discovered blink-182, Boyz II Men, the Backstreet Boys and more shortly thereafter, henceforth kindling a new musical passion within him. By the ninth grade, he gave up the violin and piano lessons, instead opting to compose his own music, having won his first award that year through an instrumental pop contest. Later, he would win contests hosted by rock icon David Bowie and “The Voice’s” Usher, respectively, even appearing in a publication of “USA Weekend Magazine” in 2004 with the latter, receiving a job with Warner Chappell Music as a staff songwriter, which he soon left, opting to self-release his own work instead.
Around the same time, Choi received critical acclaim over his YouTube performance of his original comedy song, “YouTube (A Love Song)” . From there, the rest was history. With his signature low-key, raspy voice and wonderfully-written original songs, as well as some unique takes on established pop songs, such as Britney Spears’s “Womanizer”, he went on to become one of the most YouTube’s most influential musical faces. Since his start on YouTube, he’s released three solo albums (“Only You”, “By My Side”, and “Forever and Ever”) and collaborated with multiple other users of the site, including but not limited to fellow Korean-American artists Clara C and Dumbfoundead, popular comedians nigahiga and Kevjumba, and Wong Fu Productions. He’s had his songs featured on mainstream television stations such as FOX and NBC, as well as on overseas stations, received sponsorships with companies like JC Penney and Kellogg’s, and has even gone on multiple tours of his own between Korea, Canada, and the United States of America.
You can check out David’s official YouTube channel, consisting of all sorts of musical performances, including several originals and cover songs, some of which are rather humorous, by clicking here. If you like him, you can look out for “Only You”, “By My Side”, “Forever and Ever”, and other releases of his over iTunes, Amazon, or on his official website. His songs are also available for free streaming over Spotify.
Watch David croon his rendition of The Beatles’s “Blackbird” here.