As a fan of covers, you may have come across Sungha Jung before, either here on Cover Me or in an email circulated by your mom with the subject “HOW CUTE!!!!!” The 14-year old Korean fingerstyle guitar prodigy has posted hundreds of videos on YouTube over the past few years featuring his solo guitar arrangements of popular songs. Now he tours, has an album, and is surely poised for Justin Bieber-like success. Okay, that may be pushing it a bit.
Not that he doesn’t deserve that sort of acclaim. Freakishly talented, he only started playing guitar 5 years ago and hardly took any lessons. His latest arrangement of ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” showcases his skill, not just as a player but as a sensitive arranger and interpreter of song. Check out the video below.