About James

James MacPherson is an award-winning singer/songwriter and co-founder of Bonsai Trees

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Bonsai Trees is a high energy rock band co-founded by Connecticut natives James MacPherson and Nick Sokol in 2011.

*Bonsai Trees won the 2019 New England Music Award for Best in State: Connecticut!  

The band just finished a North American tour to promote their 3rd independently released album “Learn To Grow” now available on all digital platforms and http://www.bonsaitrees.bandcamp.com

“Learn To Grow” was one of the Hartford Courant’s top 20 albums of 2019!

Read the article

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Bonsai Trees started out as a rock duo co-founded by James MacPherson and Nick Sokol in 2011.   The two met in their hometown high school in South Windsor, Connecticut and have been creating music together non-stop ever since.

More details can be found on the official website:
BonsaiTreesBand.com or check out the Bonsai Trees tab on this site.


Learn to Grow (album) May 2019
Not Bitter (album) October 2017
Lift Off (single) September 2017
You Owe Me (single) April 2017
CALM (unreleased single) October 2016
Live Free and Die (EP) September 2015
Hurricane Song (single) September 2013
Minimalist (album) July 2013

Other Projects

James Mac 2017

The Lion and The Badger
 teamed up with the former Bonsai Trees guitarist Marshall Biever to form an acoustic duo called The Lion & The BadgerThey released a 6-song debut EP “Home” in December 2017.

Vicky.and.James (on Instagram)
James created music with another high school friend Vicky Bui which can be heard on their Instagram page Vicky.and.James

James is also an accomplished solo performer and award winning singer/songwriter.  *James was honored to receive the 2016 New England RADAR Award for best singer/songwriter under 21 (at age 19).  Click to read the full Hartford Courant article.

Singer/songwriter judge Sarah Barrios, also a Connecticut musician and past RADAR award winner, said she was “looking for a songwriter that not only brings presence, rawness and soul to their music, but also has interesting lyrics and interesting chord progressions — that’s a really important package. I thought James did a fantastic job encompassing all of that.”

James has performed at hundreds of shows since his professional debut at only 13 years old and has an impressive original song catalog.  All UPCOMING and PAST SHOWS are listed in: PERFORMANCES.  Follow James on social media for the most up to date information.

You Tube videos of James solo:  www.youtube.com/jamesmacphersonmusic
James on Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/jamesmacpherson
James on Facebook: @joshsfault

James on Instagram: @bonsaijames
James on Snapchat:  @ironicjames
James on Twitter: @bonsaijamz

You Tube videos of Bonsai Trees:  youtube.com/BonsaiTreesBand
Bonsai Trees on Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/bonsaitrees
Bonsai Trees Website: bonsaitreesband.com
Bandcamp:  bonsaitrees.bandcamp.com
Facebook:  facebook.com/bonsaitreesband
Sonicbids EPK: https://www.sonicbids.com/band/bonsai-trees
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/bonsaitrees
Tumblr:  Bonsaitreesband.tumblr.com
Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram:  @bonsaitreesband


Don’t (Official video by Ben Kelly)
Away From Me (Official video by Josh Wagner)
Dark Parking Lot (Official video by Ryan Zimmerman)
Vice Grips (Official video by Josh Wagner)
Sophomore Slump (Official video by Josh Wagner)
Lift Off (Official video by Josh Wagner)
Live Free And Die (Official video by Megan Greer)
Cheater – live acoustic version (video by Megan Greer)
Marina (Official video by Josh Wagner)
CALM (video by James MacPherson)
Shovels (Official video by Josh Wagner)
Who Knows, Who Knows (Official video by Josh Wagner)



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