He lived in the streets for as long as he can remember, now he’s an international sensation
Susan Boyle was a British sensation when she sang on the British Got Talent stage. She was given an astounding standing ovation and even dropped jaw on Simon Cowell’s face. Susan Boyle is now an international singer that captivated the world. She is the literal manifestation of misconceptions and the reason why this famous line exists, ‘Never judge a book by its cover’.
Her tenacity and strength as a woman blew the world away especially when she won the British Got Talent after a couple of weeks from her magnificent voice singing, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’. She isn’t the only international sensation that surprised the world. There are many more people who caught the world’s attention when they stepped on the various stages of Got Talent all over the world.
This, however, is a story that’s one of a kind. This is where the genius of talent comes from the very roots of nothingness, Choi Sung Bong. Born in South Korea, he has never grown up knowing and receiving the privileges of an ordinary citizen. He is an orphan and grew up in the streets of Seoul fending for himself. In 2011, he went on stage to just have a simple shot at sporting the only thing he knows in life, singing. With a song that no one would have expected the international media turned its cameras toward him making him now one renowned vocalist. Witness as his life unravels before us.
1 Walking the streets alone since he was 5
Abandoned by his parents at the age of three, Sung Bong’s humble life began in a Seoul orphanage. He ran away from the orphanage two years later because of the abuse he and the kids were facing. The staff who were supposed to care for him in a disciplined home of parentless kids, Sung Bong found himself in a home that did otherwise. He was far too young to fend for himself but he was strong enough to realize that he would rather live anywhere else than be abused by strangers.
He ran away from the orphanage and found himself at the mercy of the world. Sung Bong was adopted by street gangs that sold him multiple times to be a child slave. When he got out of the hands of street gangs, he was able to live for the rest of his years selling chewing gum and energy drinks in Seoul’s red light district.
2 His Pursuit for Musical Happiness and Satisfaction
His ten year flight as a street kid was limited to the life of a mere street rat selling nothing more than candy. He originally thought that his life would be limited to this until he heard one vocalist sing on a nightclub stage. One singer sung a song differently than the music he was used to listening.
The vocalist sang a classical song that left him amazed and captivated. His heart swayed with that different melody and this made his heart grow with desire to learn such type of music. He started off going to internet cafes with the little that he had to study this music. He kept trying to find a teacher who would be willing enough to teach him. To no avail, no one was willing to do him a favour and teach him classical music. He came across a teacher, Park Jung So (otherwise spelled as Park Jeong So). Park Jung So taught him free of charge and even aided him to go and finish high school.
3 Learning his True Identity at the age of 14
As a nameless street kid, a female street vendor was kind enough to give him a name. He has been using Ji Sung for as long as he could remember. But as soon as he was learning from Park Jung So, his unknown identity came into light when he was fourteen years old.
His teacher brought Sung Bong or then Ji Sung to a local police station to have his fingerprints scanned. It was only then that he found himself with a name and a birthdate. It was only then that Ji Sung found his true identity after ten years of his life spent on sleeping in public toilets and street stairwells. His name is Choi Sung Bong born on the 18th of February 1990 in Seoul, South Korea.
4 South Korea Got Talent Audition
Now with his identity intact, Choi Sung Bong learned how to sing under his teacher, Park Jung So. With lacking finances, he struggled to keep his education at hand. He worked different jobs from being a service crew to construction labor, Sung Bong did what he could to pay his school fees.
In 2011 South Korea Got Talent, he gathered up the courage to sing on-stage. Ordinary viewers just saw him as an ordinary citizen trying out for a national talent show. When asked questions, he revealed to the world the tough life he had to go through. And with such an amazing past, the judges let him sing.
Choi Sung Bong knocked the world out with the first few notes of his rendition of Sarah Brightman’s ‘Nella Fantasia’. His raw talent was just beyond what your ears can grasp. Singing with sincerity the way the man inspired him in the night club when he was fourteen, his song made the judges tear up even the live audience that was watching him from their seats were fishing tissue from their bags.
5 Expanding his Musical Chances
Choi Sung Bong finished second place in Got Talent with his competitor ahead of him with only 280 votes. After the competition, he got multiple offers from different companies. He is currently working with Bong Bong Company.
He appeared in multiple performances even a live audience for the South Korean President. He performed in the United States of American and even in Europe with British Got Talent winner, Paul Potts. His multiple appearances in an international audience made the world embrace his past and what a sensation he was becoming.
Now, Sung Bong is currently working on expanding his vocal capacity by trying out different genres and tones. You can see him as the face of ChildFund Korea, the very foundation that helped him out before he auditioned for KGT. Growing up in the streets, he wasn’t shy to give what he earns to those kids who are living the way he had.