David Choi


David Yong Choi(bornMarch 22, 1986 in Anaheim, California , US ) is an American musician and YouTube video producer based in Los Angeles .Choi's original songs and pop covers have been heard on NBC , FOX , VH1 , MTV , A&E , E! , Travel Channel , Style Network , PBS , Food Network , Disney , as well as in commercials internationally. He has worked with companies such as Kellogg's , Starburst , the American Cancer Society , General Electric , Samsung , J. C. Penney , and Asian online fashion and beauty retailer YesStyle .Choi released his debut album,Only You, in October 2008.His second album,By My Side,was released on May 19, 2010, and his third album,Forever and Everwas released on October 25, 2011.As of December 3, 2012, David Choi's YouTube Channel had 929,061 subscribers, 117,774,875 total video views, and more than 13 million channel views.As of November 2011, he was YouTube 's 15th-most-subscribed musician and 62nd-most-subscribed user overall.As of March 7, 2013, he has 120,385 followers on Twitter account.Choi previously worked as a songwriter and producer at Warner/Chappell Music , which signed him on after his participation in an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) workshop.His humorous song "YouTube, A Love Song" has received over 2.8 million views. The music videos for his singles "Won't Even Start" and "That Girl", which are posted on both his and producers Wong Fu Productions ' YouTube channels, has received a total of over 5 million views. He also posts non-music vlogs on his second channel. Choi often appears in online videos with fellow YouTube personalities, mostly playing a humorous character with a straight face. YouTube personalities, like Shane Dawson and Wong Fu Productions , often use Choi's music in their videos.

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    K-pop celebrities come forward to pray for Boston

    As most of you have already heard, two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring over 140 others. In light of the recent tragedy, several celebrities came forward to pray for Boston and asked fans to do the same.miss A'sJiatweeted her grief from the tra…

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    If you don't knowDavid Choi, then you, my friend, need a lesson on YouTubehistory. One of the first YouTube musicians to successfully make YouTube an outlet for his musical creativity, Choi is a Korean-American YouTuber and artist with a new album worth checking out. In the clip above, Cho…

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    [ASKKPOP] [Giveaway] Tickets to Clara C & David Choi's NYC Show!

    Clara CandDavid Choiare coming toNew York Cityto perform at theHighline BallroomonNovember 2nd, 2012andallkpopwants to send you and a friend to the show!Do you live in the New York City area? If so, then your in luck!We're giving awayfour pairs of ticketsto the show for free!Here's how to win!1)Shar…

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 David Choi's Early life and career

Childhood and educationedit

With an artistic mother and musical father, Choi was surrounded by music growing up and does not think he would have pursued music today without these influences.

He would play classical and jazz music, and never being exposed a pop song until sixth grade, when he heard Smash Mouth 's " All Star ". Soon after, he discovered " All the Small Things " by blink-182 and attempted to play the song on guitar. David began to listen to more and more pop songs and fell in love with the Backstreet Boys , Boyz II Men , and Japanese pop. In junior high David would stay up late listening to the radio, recording the songs, and began to make his own mix tapes. David then began to write his own songs and his first instrumental piece was a song titled "Lost Memory", written on the piano.Even after discovering pop music David stayed in the school orchestra. Pressured by his parents, David was forced to audition for the Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) orchestra. David rehearsed with this orchestra every Tuesday.

Choi eventually stopped taking violin lessons in high school and commenced jazz piano lessons in ninth grade. It is at this time that Choi began composing music, and won his first award after submitting an instrumental pop song for a contest.

Early career (2002–06)edit

and he learned a few songwriting tips from a friend.

contest[clarification needed], where David Bowie himself chose the grand prize winner. David appeared inUSA Weekend Magazinealongside Usher , after he received the grand prize for the magazine's John Lennon Songwriting Contest for teens.These achievements marked the start of Choi's musical career: He was signed to Warner Chappell Music , where he was initially placed as a staff songwriter and producer.

He soon received requests for new songs, a live performance, and an album . He wanted to release his songs in an album , but as he was already technically a signed songwriter/producer at that time: He had to go through legal procedures and accept a variety of contractual conditions. Thus, he left Warner and stayed unsigned to carry on with his own album release.

Only You(2007–08)edit

Choi released his first album in 2008. EntitledOnly You, it contained mainly love songs, notably "Love", "Won't Even Start", "Something To Believe," and "Only You". In 2009, he released a Korean special edition of the album, containing three bonus tracks. "Won't Even Start" became his hit single[where?], and he released a music video for it, collaborating with Wong Fu Productions in producing his firstofficialmusic video .

By My Side(2009–10)edit

David Choi with Julia Chang in his music video for "That Girl".

and within a space of half a year (4th Quarter 2009 to 1st Quarter 2010), David compiled composed songs into his sophomore album,By My Side,released on May 18, 2010. He released a music video for its lead single "That Girl" on the same day. The music video was produced by him and his friends via Wong Fu Productions . It starred Julia Chang as 'that girl' opposite him, and it was his second collaboration with the production company, andHe also released a Korean edition, with two bonus tracks: "Valentines" and "My Company".

Forever and Ever(2011–present)edit

David sings "This And That" at the Esplanade in Singapore

His song "I Choose Happiness", of which the instrumental version is used in KevJumba and Wong Fu Productions videos, was also chosen to be used in the 2011 filmLuckystarring Colin Hanks . It was also featured in an episode of ABC 'sMake It or Break It. David Choi released his third album,Forever and Everon October 25, 2011.

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 David Choi's Tours

In 2010 Choi embarked on his second tour singing live in the East Coast cities of Washington DC , New York , Boston , and Chicago as well as Toronto , Canada . The year after, he visited those few cities again.

In 2011, he went on a short tour around North America again: "Spring Tour" included Houston , Chicago , and Hawaii . He also frequented Korea .

David Choi at a concert

In May, David started on his third tour to the Asia-Pacific: Melbourne , Adelaide , Sydney , Jakarta , Manila , Kuala Lumpur , Hong Kong , Seoul and Tokyo . In September 2012, he and Clara Chung embarked on their Fall Tour presented by YesStyle , visiting 19 cities all over the US and Canada, starting in Los Angeles and ending in Orange County .

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 David Choi's Style

Genre and lyricsedit

He describes his own music as "poppy with a hint of jazz and folk."His songs have been described as "often to melt girls' hearts."

Public imageedit

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 David Choi's Discography

  • Only You(2008; CDdigipakand iTunes)
  • Only You(2009; Korean special edition CD)
  • By My Side(2010; CD digipak and iTunes)
  • By My Side(2010; Korean special edition CD)
  • YouTube Covers, Vol. 1(2010; iTunes)
  • YouTube Covers, Vol. 2(2010; iTunes)
  • Forever and Ever(2011; CD and iTunes)

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 David Choi's In other media

Song use in other mediaedit

YearUsed In (producers)TypeSong
2008 J.C. Penney web ad "Back-to-School Interactive Initiative"
2009 Up in Da Club( Wong Fu Productions ) 4-Part Series
2009 He Who Can't Marry Korean Drama "Something To Believe"
2009 We Got Married Korean Variety Show "Something To Believe"
2010 Playful Kiss Korean Drama "Happiness is Always Near"
2010 Iris(Japanese version) Korean Drama "Something To Believe"
2010 Secret Garden Korean Drama
2010 Agents of Secret Stuff(HigaTV and Wong Fu ) Web Film "My Time With You"(with Kina Grannis )
2010 The Good Guys American Show "Something To Believe"
2010 Pasta Korean Drama "Happiness Is Always Near"
2011 Athena: Goddess of War Korean Drama "Enjoy The View"
2011 Strangers, again ( Wong Fu Productions ) Short Story
2011 My Princess Korean Drama "By My Side"
"Won't Even Start"
"Thief In The Night"
"Heaven's Ease"
2011 All My Love Korean Drama "해피 몽땅"
"My Time With You"
2011 Samsung Zipel Grandstylead Fridge Advertisement
2011 Renault SM5( Samsung ) ad Car Advertisement "Only You"
2011 Lucky Movie "I Choose Happiness"
2012 MBLAQ's Hello Baby(seventh episode) Reality Show "Something to Believe"
2012 To The Beautiful You Korean Drama "Enjoy The View"
2012 Hero Korean Drama "Something To Believe"

Filmography and TV appearancesedit

2010 Funemployed(episodes 7,8,10 & 11) Wong Fu Productions
2010 The Allergy Wong Fu Productions
2010 BEST CREW – The Audition Nigahiga
2010 Interview with Channel News Asia(TV Appearance) Mediacorp
2011 Strangers, again Wong Fu Productions
2011 THE ANNIVERSARY David Choi Music
2012 Textreme Wong Fu Productions
2013 The Winner Is Talpa Media USA / Universal Television

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 David Choi's Awards and nominations

YearAwardNominated WorkCategoryResult
2004 David Bowie Mash-up Contest "Big Shakin' Car"(Mashup of "Shake it" and "She'll Drive a Big Car") N/A
John Lennon Songwriting Contest Himself Teens
Songwriter Universe Song of the Month "Anything You Want" February

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 David Choi's See also

  • List of YouTube personalities

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 David Choi's References

  1. "Up And Coming Artist: David Choi". allkpop.com. 3. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  2. Chang, Richard (May 29, 2009). "Meet O.C.'s latest Internet music sensation". The Orange County Register. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  3. Yang, Jeff (June 4, 2008). "Asian Pop". San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  4. Santiago, Arabella; Toy, Samantha (December 26, 2007). "YouTube, Land of the Brave Asian American". AsianWeek. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  5. Quinton, Brian (July 21, 2008). "Starburst ‘Shares’ Candy Over the Web". PROMO magazine (Penton Media). Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  6. "David Choi". last.fm. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  7. by 5artychickens (May 20, 2010). "David Choi, By My Side " 5artychickens". 5artychickens.wordpress.com. Retrieved May 31, 2010. 
  8. "David Choi - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  9. "Most Subscribed Musicians". YouTube. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  10. Choi, David. "Bio". ... David Choi Music. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  11. Date of birth found on the California Birth Index 1905–1995, under CHOI, DAVID YONG, on 22 March 1986 in Orange County.
  12. "My Story". David Choi Music. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  13. "David Choi: "Work Hard. Be Good. Don't Burn Too Many Bridges and Just Have Fun"". TheOtherAsians.com. August 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  14. Lapeña, Carmela G. (17 May 2012). "Singing about the good things with David Choi". GMA News. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  15. "New Music Video Released!". Wong Fu Productions. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  16. David Choi Live In Singapore! (2011 Day 1 & 2) – David announces two new songs.
  17. ‪Ray Choi – The Four Maries on Autoharp‬‏ – YouTube. Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  18. "David Choi Tour – San Diego". YouTube. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  19. "David Choi's past events". Eventful. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  20. David Choi in Singapore « David Choi | Official Site | Shows | Pictures | Videos. Davidchoimusic.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  21. "Asia Pacific Tour". David Choi Music. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  22. Melissa Tan David Choi, offline. channelnewsasia.com. 24 June 2011
  23. Choi, David. "Forever and Ever US/Canada Tour 2012". Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  24. Channel News Asia | VideoPlayer. Video2.channelnewsasia.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  25. {"YouTube Phenom Singer-songwriter David Choi Schedules IRL Show at Cafe 939." Boston.com. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/blogs/thenextgreatgeneration/2012/03/youtube_phenom_singer-songwrit.html>.}
  26. David Choi – Something to Believe on YouTube
  27. David Choi & Kina Grannis - My Time with You‬‏ on YouTube
  28. ‪David Choi Smiles!‬‏ on YouTube
  29. [1][dead link]
  30. ‪Up In Da Club – Part 4 – Wong Fu Productions‬‏ – YouTube. Youtube.com (2009-02-20). Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  31. Episode 9 – Playful Kiss – in English subtitles – Watch Korean TV – ViKi. Viikii.net (2011-06-07). Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  32. Episode 4
  33. ‪Strangers, again‬‏ – YouTube. Youtube.com (2011-04-20). Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  34. Choi, David. "David Choi Songs in TV Shows!". Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  35. ‪[CF] Samsung Zipel Grandstyle 840-Zipel_30s‬‏ – YouTube. Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  36. ‪"Funemployed" Web Series‬‏ – YouTube. Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  37. ‪The Allergy‬‏ – YouTube. Youtube.com (2010-08-30). Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  38. ‪BEST CREW – The Audition‬‏ – YouTube. Youtube.com (2010-09-20). Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  39. ‪THE ANNIVERSARY featuring David Choi, Shane Yoon and Kat Gardiner‬‏ – YouTube. Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  40. "Textreme". Wong Fu Productions. YouTube. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  41. http://www.nbc.com/the-winner-is/contestants-experts/david-choi/
  42. Richard Chang (8). "David Choi has more subscribers on YouTube than Miley Cyrus". PopMatters.com (from the The Orange County Register). PopMatters.com. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  43. Dale Kawashima (2010). "David Choi's "Anything You Want" Named February "Best Song Of The Month"". Songwriter Universe. SongwriterUniverse.com. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 

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