I want to INSPIRE you to follow your dreams. I want my life to be a living testimony that anything is possible. I want you to know people want to help you follow your dreams and we want you to succeed. I tried following my dreams secretly and I failed. When I asked for the help of others I was able to do it and am doing it today. If you need support following your dreams, people are here to support you. If you don’t need help, please follow your dreams, we will be cheering you on.
Peter Chung is a singer-songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area who is pursuing his dream to be a famous musician.
When he was growing up, Peter Chung was surrounded by music. His mother played piano, his father played guitar and both sang in the church choir. From elementary school to junior high, he was given piano lessons, and from middle school to his junior year in high school he played trumpet for the orchestra and marching band. In his sophomore year Peter also learned how to play the drums for his church. Then there was the guitar…
Peter had always liked attention and guitar was the way to get it. Playing trumpet for a large orchestra and keeping the beat behind the worship team at church was not satiating this appetite. He saw that at church the leader was the guitar player, and in most bands the guitar player was at the spotlight, not the drummer. Guitar was the way to go and Peter was determined to learn it. Whoever he considered was a good guitar player was barraged with questions about what songs to play and tips to play better. Initially, the music that Peter learned to play on guitar was an odd mix of punk/alternative rock and gospel music, until one day his classmate showed him “No Such Thing.”
John Mayer’s music inspired Peter to practice guitar more and perform in public. Many hours a day were devoted to learning John’s songs on the guitar; as much as eight hours! Due to the complex chords and difficult rhythms, Peter was challenged by each song from the “Room For Squares” album. At first playing John’s songs on guitar was hard enough but through practicing Peter learned how to sing and play at the same time. Encouraged by his friends to play at open mics around the San Jose area, he began to get the attention he desired. At first he played covers of John Mayer, Alkaline Trio, Incubus and a few others but he felt something was missing; he wanted his own songs. Inspired by high school romance and the lack of it, he began to write his own songs and perform them to everyone, everywhere.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara and trying various jobs, Peter decided that music was going to be the main focus of his life. Pursuing a music career was always tugging at his heartstrings and the “normal life” was not making him happy. While working various jobs, Peter would perform music during the weekends, and although a few people would encourage him to pursue a career as a musician, he did not take this to heart until Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012.
The rest is currently happening!