Big Phony
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Big Phony

| Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Folk Acoustic


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"Big Phony Presskit"

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"944 Magazine (pg 38)"

His music gets compared most often to Elliot Smith - and like Elliot Smith, Choy is soft-spoken and awkward in person. But when he's performing, listeners are struck by his beautiful voice and engaging, heartbreaking lyrics." ~ 944 Magazine - 944 Magazine

"Ariang TV"

Profiled on Ariang TV

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"Ariang TV"

Profiled on Ariang TV

Show: Semipermanent - Semipermanent, Ariang TV

"MTV News"

“ Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, and AImee Mann - all of them great - Big Phony continues to surprise listeners who don’t know quite what to expect from someone with the name Big Phony” ~ John Norris MTV News - MTV K

"Performer Magazine"

“Languid, journey-like song structures and seamless, unhurried tempos add a refinement that lifts this release with the affecting depth and introspection one hopes to find on such a DIY session. Straight to Bootleg is quintessential singer/songwriter frontier: words and guitar, spelled out together infinitely like a sweet marriage.” - Performer Magazine


"Long Live The Lie" - To be released: Winter 2013/2014
"We Are Not The Lost" - To be released: Winter 2013/2014
"Straight To Bootleg, Vol. 2" - 2012
"Kicking Punching Bags" - 2010
"Straight To Bootleg, Vol. 1" - 2008
“Smoking Kills EP” - 2006
“Fiction & Other Realities” - 2005



Big Phony delivers honest lyrics and natural talent. Theres a fragile but controlled quality in his voice, which he attributes to thin apartment walls and easily disgruntled neighbors. Fans of Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, and Death Cab For Cutie will instinctively gravitate towards Big Phonys sound.

Bobby Choy (Big Phony) is a singer/songwriter born and raised in New York City. At the age of 14 Bobbys family relocated to Los Angeles, leaving him in New York City so he could attend the legendary School of Performing Arts and Music and Art, which has produced a long list of talent including Al Pacino, Adrian Brody, and Bela Fleck. Living alone at such an early age, Big Phony devoted his time to writing in his New York City apartment.

With strong religious conviction, Big Phony left for Boston to attend a Christian college to study to be a pastor. He quickly realized that this was not the path for him and returned his focus to his music. After college, he moved to Los Angeles to be closer with his family. It was in Los Angeles where Big Phony began his pursuit to be a singer-songwriter. He quickly built a devout fan base with his songs and performances. In early 2006 he returned to New York to build that same kind of following and began to split his time between both cities crashing on couches and aerobeds.

In 2011 Big Phony made the decision to relocate to the country his parents originally hailed from - South Korea. He currently resides in Seoul, where he continues his journey and commitment to be an artist.

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