“Music begins where the possibilities of language end.” – Jean Sibelius
Hello! My name is YoungMin You, I’m originally from S. Korea but now live in Michigan! I started playing piano at the age of seven because I thought my older sister looked so cool playing Chopsticks on the keys. But my family couldn't afford to give me lessons, so I started teaching myself how to play the piano and write music by watching YouTube videos.
At the age of 15, I had an amazing opportunity to come to the States to learn English. Being thousands of miles away from home, not knowing much of the language was definitely challenging for me. But through that time, I got to deepen my faith in God and He always gave me strength day by day.
When I was ready to pursue music in college, I heard many people say I couldn’t do it because I lacked formal training. But I just loved making music and seeing the impact it was having on others. I continued to learn music on YouTube until I made it to my dream school Wheaton College Conservatory. I knew God had plans for me all along, and I know he still does!
Since then, I’ve been kind of all over the place! I got to marry my beautiful wife Chantelle, and we traveled to visit schools and churches to inspire kids through music. I made two YouTube channels and had some videos that went viral on social media. I played for numerous weddings and restaurants and hauled out my keyboard to some wild places!
But after all that was done, it boiled down to this. I realized there were three things that I loved and cared most about: God, music, and people. I truly believe music is a gift from God. Whether through my piano covers or original compositions, being able to share my music with people brings me so much joy.
I pray that my story and music will be an encouragement to you on your own journey as well! Thank you for letting me share my story with you, I’m excited to connect with you and hear about your story!