“When you see Shun Ng, you won’t believe your eyes nor your ears—be belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science—his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding.”
That’s high praise from anyone, but when legendary producer Quincy Jones—the guy who produced both Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson and has been nominated for 79 Grammys and seven Oscars—lauds a performer, people take note. Ng is a Chicago-born, Singapore-raised singer-songwriter with unbelievable guitar chops. Guitarists beware: the deft agility that Ng showcases already at age 23 may make you consider a career change. But also keep in mind; he didn’t become this talented by accident.
Ng was diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age, the effect of which was adversely exacerbated in the demanding education system of Singapore. He was called lazy and stupid and forced to overcome tidal waves of negativity in order to discover a passion that he could really develop. The guitar provided him that passion, and perhaps his decision to choose music can be attributed to the inimitable musical skill he discovered within himself—the guy can flat out play. In this video, Ng plays every instrumental part of Billie Jean on one acoustic guitar, while singing...it bears repeating: the guy can flat out play.
This Friday Ng will be playing at Café 939, undoubtedly wowing patrons with his virtuosity. The fact that he’s endorsed so highly by the guy that produced Thriller should be encouragement enough to check this show out. Details below:
939 Boylston Street
Friday, October 18th
Tickets: $5 for students, $10 in advance, $12 at the door