Following last month’s BYLAW EP release, Martin Garrix has now dropped a new song called “Dreamer,” featuring Mike Yung.
While the Dutch DJ proves yet again that he’s a versatile music-maker, it’s Yung who shines on the track, his powerful vocals more than a match for Garrix’s soaring production. Yung is a subway busker from NYC who became a viral phenomenon in 2016 when a video of him singing “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers was uploaded onto YouTube. The soul singer then appeared on season 12 of America’s Got Talent, although he didn’t make it past the semi-finals.
The song, which Yung co-wrote with Garrix, expresses the singer’s determination to keep moving forward. It’s also dedicated to Yung’s late wife. “This year has been one of the hardest of my life,” he wrote in a series of tweets. “As I approached my 40th year supporting my family by busking in the subway, I lost the love of my life and mother to my children. Lydia encouraged me for the past 26 years to not give up. She kept me going while I kept dreaming […] I want to thank Martin Garrix for giving me a chance to show the world my voice.”
Accompanying the track is an equally inspirational and heart-warming visual, which features recordings of Yung’s busking days interspersed with clips of the singer’s family and friends.
Check it out below: