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Sungbong Choi launches English Autobiography


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Sungbong Choi launches English Autobiography

Homeless orphan turned vocalist sets his eyes next on making a movie about his life and translating his book into various foreign languages.

[Seoul, South Korea], February 18, 2016 – After three-and-a-half-years' of preparation, the widely anticipated English autobiography of Korea's Got Talent and YouTube sensation Sungbong Choi is now available in both printed and e-book on Amazon. Translated into English for the very first time, Singing is My Life: A Memoir of My Journey from Homelessness to Fame is the moving autobiography of Korean music sensation Sungbong Choi. The nearly 300-page book tells of Choi's difficult past, from a five-year-old gum-selling orphan who survived the red-light district in one of South Korea's largest cities to becoming an icon of hope. Choi has come a long way from those days when violence, abuse and facing the brutal reality was part of his everyday life. In 2011, Choi got his big break by performing on Korea's Got Talent, and with his baritone voice made famous Sarah Brightman's Nella Fantasia and captured the hearts of millions around the world. Although Korea's Got Talent was a game changer that completely transformed his life, Choi says his journey has only just begun. Part of that journey was to get his Korean autobiography, first published in May 2012, translated and published in English. Thanks to the generous support of the Julius Baer Foundation in Switzerland, Choi was able to fulfill his dream via the self-publishing route. The book was published through CreateSpace, an Amazon company. From someone who could not even think about having dreams and aspirations to someone who is now living his dreams and continues to have aspirations for his future, Choi says he hopes that his English autobiography offers some measure of consolation to his readers. "The mixed feelings I have at the moment is indescribable. I hope that my readers gain courage and hope from my story and that it fills the empty void somewhere deep down people's hearts with warmth," he said. Boris F.J. Collardi, vice-chairman of the Julius Bär Foundation, said: "The mission of the Julius Baer Foundation is to bridge the gap that poverty creates among youth. We are therefore very happy to support Sungbong Choi with the publication of his autobiography in English. Despite the disadvantaged conditions in which he was born, Sungbong managed to overcome his adversity, thanks to his talent and extraordinary will power and determination. He embodies the combination of hope, talent and strength of character and has become an encouraging example for many people.” Choi said: "I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Mr Boris Collardi, vice chairman of Julius Baer Foundation, Mr Bernard Keller, the Foundation's former chairman and the Foundation board for their belief in me and my story, without which my English autobiography would not have been possible."
The publication of his English autobiography is only the beginning. Choi's ambition is to see his book being translated into various foreign languages including Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian. He welcomes international book publishers and agents to get in touch with him. Choi has also set his eyes on his next project which is to turn his life story into a film. He welcomes proposals from international producers. Choi believes that his life story has the potential to turn into movie, musical, TV series, and animation. It is his hope that through the various medium, his story can be made available to as many people as possible, and thus sends messages of hope to people throughout the world, especially homeless children and the impoverished. "Whether it is to turn my life story into a movie, animation, or musical, I know there is much uncertainty, but as things have always been, if it sets a ripple in my heart I will always take on the challenge. The warm hearts from various corners of the world have given me the strength to stand where I am now," said Choi. "I will continuously take on challenges, and I would like to reach out to those who are struggling every day yet manage to go on because of the strength they gain from my story. I thank you all for giving me the reason to live," Choi said. Sungbong Choi's English autobiography is now available on Amazon in both printed and e-version. Click on the link below:

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About Sungbong Choi

Born on February 18, 1990, Sungbong Choi was left at the orphanage when he was three, ran away from the orphanage at five after being beaten and fended for himself for the next 10 years growing up in a red-light district in the city of Daejeon, South Korea. He had no name until he was 14 and no home until the age of 17 when an opera teacher he reached out to helped him to secure housing subsidy. Following his new found fame by making famous Sarah Brightman's Nella Fantasia through his baritone voice on Korea's Got Talent in 2011, Choi's life has undergone a major transformation. Now 26 years old, Choi gives performances and speeches to a wide range of audiences including students in schools and patients in hospitals. Being an orphan himself, he is a strong believer in making a positive contribution to orphanages and helping the impoverished. In 2012, Choi published his autobiography in the Korean language about his rise from being homeless to fame. He welcomes international publishers to get in touch with him about publishing his autobiography in various foreign languages. Sungbong Choi's official fan page can be found on:

Choi currently has 75,000 followers on his official fan page on Facebook. The video of Choi's first audition on Korea's Got Talent in 2011 has since exceeded 300 million views on YouTube worldwide and still counting. The video on YouTube can be found on: