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Shun Ng embraced acoustic fingerpicking as a teenager after a friend challenged him to tackle Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” on solo guitar, including the bass lines. “For subtlety and tone, it just somehow made sense,” says the Singapore-bred Ng, who had first gravitated to playing electric blues guitar.

Last month, Ng earned an audience with Quincy Jones, producer of “Billie Jean” as well as other classic tracks for Jackson and other greats. A Singapore jazz pianist sent Jones the video for Ng’s new “Get on With It,” and the famed producer invited the guitarist/singer to his home for a chat and performance. Ng played originals rather than “Billie Jean” and reports that Jones was duly impressed and remains in the loop.

“It’s like a fairy tale because I had just moved to America in hopes of pursuing my music,” says Ng, who completed one semester as a student at Berklee College of Music. “Nobody has his sort of instinct toward music and what sounds good, and he breaks boundaries ’cause he was a jazz guy, but he also did pop stuff and hip-hop.”

Ng says he likewise shuns categories and moved from his early love for Jackson and James Brown to guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy to classical composers Bach and Debussy. But dyslexia hampered formal schooling. “I was struggling,” he says. “When I found music, I poured my entire soul into it. I felt like my soul had been kept in a dark, dark place. I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t comprehend the world.”

Now his world’s opening up, echoing the brisk snap of his virtuoso fingerplay (described in the name of his 2012 debut, Funky Thumb Stuff) on a custom guitar of Malaysian rainforest wood. He vows to further develop his singing and songwriting on his upcoming second album, though he’s already shown insight in songs like empowerment anthem “Slam!” and “Angel,” inspired by a friend’s cancer-stricken mother.

“Sometimes you just listen to a song, and it makes you feel like a child again,” Ng says. “When I play, I want to make people feel like they’re listening to music, or listening to the guitar, for the first time.” - Improper Bostonian


Shun Ng embraced acoustic fingerpicking as a teenager after a friend challenged him to tackle Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” on solo guitar, including the bass lines. “For subtlety and tone, it just somehow made sense,” says the Singapore-bred Ng, who had first gravitated to playing electric blues guitar.

Last month, Ng earned an audience with Quincy Jones, producer of “Billie Jean” as well as other classic tracks for Jackson and other greats. A Singapore jazz pianist sent Jones the video for Ng’s new “Get on With It,” and the famed producer invited the guitarist/singer to his home for a chat and performance. Ng played originals rather than “Billie Jean” and reports that Jones was duly impressed and remains in the loop.

“It’s like a fairy tale because I had just moved to America in hopes of pursuing my music,” says Ng, who completed one semester as a student at Berklee College of Music. “Nobody has his sort of instinct toward music and what sounds good, and he breaks boundaries ’cause he was a jazz guy, but he also did pop stuff and hip-hop.”

Ng says he likewise shuns categories and moved from his early love for Jackson and James Brown to guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy to classical composers Bach and Debussy. But dyslexia hampered formal schooling. “I was struggling,” he says. “When I found music, I poured my entire soul into it. I felt like my soul had been kept in a dark, dark place. I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t comprehend the world.”

Now his world’s opening up, echoing the brisk snap of his virtuoso fingerplay (described in the name of his 2012 debut, Funky Thumb Stuff) on a custom guitar of Malaysian rainforest wood. He vows to further develop his singing and songwriting on his upcoming second album, though he’s already shown insight in songs like empowerment anthem “Slam!” and “Angel,” inspired by a friend’s cancer-stricken mother.

“Sometimes you just listen to a song, and it makes you feel like a child again,” Ng says. “When I play, I want to make people feel like they’re listening to music, or listening to the guitar, for the first time.” - Improper Bostonian


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"Funky Thumb Stuff"

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Bio

Shun Ng [www.ShunNg.com], is a gifted 23 year old guitarist/singer/songwriter born in Chicago, raised in Singapore, based in Boston and now is a world class performer in demand internationally.

As a boy while Shun was competing for the Singapore national gymnastic team, a teammate turned him onto the guitar and at age 14 he left the team to work tirelessly at music. The countless hours of playing guitar and performing gave him a outlet to excel and thrive through his disability of dyslexia. The countless hours of playing guitar and performing gave him a medium to excel and thrive through his disability of dyslexia. Where words and numbers never made sense to Shun, music did.

Today, he stands as one of the most innovative new performers, playing international festivals and winning accolades from some of the industry's top names. Shun was recently named one of the Top 10 Acts in Boston by Improper Bostonian, and has just come back from LA after meeting with legend Quincy Jones, who was "blown away" by Shun.

Here's what Quincy had to say:

"When you see Shun Ng, you won't believe your eyes nor your ears -- he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science -- his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding."

- Quincy Jones

Additionally, here's a recent profile that ABC News just did on Shun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=INEgUkfnQ1c

Shun is known for his virtuosic and unique style of guitar that infuses elements of Funk, Fingerstyle, Blues, Jazz and Motown, creating a one-man band like experience. His flamboyant guitar work is equally matched with passionate vocal styling seemingly well beyond his years, yet with a light and energy that can only be described as childlike innocence. To experience Shun's talent live is an unrivaled experience - buzz about his performances are already part of his growing reputation as one of the most dynamic performers breaking out internationally.

Shun's latest video, "Get On With It": http://youtu.be/tINsyrQuFgY