Son of James, a born and bred Vancouver Chinatown Rock band, blends the soulful sounds of rock and funk with the mystical sounds of Chinese Instrumentation. Like a big rig rolling down a dusty highway carrying a cargo full of silk, Son of James calls their sound “Chynatruckerfunk”.
Shon Wong, performer known as Son of James, was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. At a young age growing up with a family of Chinese Opera actors and performers, music and art has always been a big part of his life. Shon would listen to classical Chinese music at home in their downtown family apartment. Down the halls, neighbours would blast Rock music heard easily through the walls, including music by Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Guns N Roses, and Van Halen.. He would find himself back and forth between the musical environments, eager to catch the songs of the day from both home and hallways. As he grew older posters of Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee hung on his walls, depicting the split influences and inspiration all around him.
Son of James’s last ep, “Dragons in the Sky”, a concept ep that told the story of a day Shon had in Chinatown. Regret, Love, Reminisce and right back into trouble. The ep was well received with many great reviews.
“Son of James assert themselves as one of the most diverse and eclectic group of artists to grace the Canadian Independent Music Scene.” – Gerrod Harris, Canadianbeats.ca
Since the bands inception, Son of James has done various shows all over Vancouver, San Francisco, Nashville, Memphis and Europe.
Son of James performed for the Vancouver Asian Film Festivals Opening Gala at D6 Bar and Lounge in 2018
In 2019 Son of James threw The Roxy’s first ever Chinese New Years Party (first in their 30 year history) called Chinatown Nights. It was a packed house that brought Chinese Lions, Elvis, Henry Young and Chynatruckerfunk to the Granville Strip.
The 2019 Vancouver Folk Fest was Son of Jame’s first music festival.
D6 Bar and Lounge at Parq Casino graciously invited Son of James to throw their epic Chinese New Years Party in Jan of 2020. Son of James did not disappoint the packed house as he brought his signature circus of Kung Fu, Elvis, Chinese Lions and Chynatruckerfunk.
In collaboration with Vancouver Cantonese Opera and Heart of the City Festival, Son of James penned and performed their original hybrid Chinese Rock Opera “Tale of the Eastside Lantern” to a sellout crowd at CBC Studio 700. Due to the hype, Son of James graced the cover of The Georgia Straight for this production.