About James

James MacPherson is a 20-year-old, award-winning singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer/publisher, performing/recording artist, co-founder/lead singer/guitarist in Bonsai Trees and bassist in Manic Pixi.

Bonsai Trees is a Connecticut based indie-alt-pop-punk band founded by James and drummer Nick Sokol.  They are about to release their next full-length LP entitled “Not Bitter”.  The band previously released the single “You Owe Me” in April 2017, the single “CALM” in October 2016, an EP “Live Free and Die“ in 2015, the single “Hurricane Song” in 2015, and their critically acclaimed debut LP “Minimalist“ in 2013.

Manic Pixi is a New York City based indie-alt-pop-punk band that regularly tours the US and Canada.

James Mac 2017

In addition to performing with Bonsai Trees and Manic Pixi, James is also an accomplished solo performer and award winning singer/songwriter currently recording his first solo LP “Ten Feet Closer”.  James was honored to win the 2016 New England RADAR Award for best singer/songwriter under 21 (sponsored by Pavoh.org).  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 been passionate about music since childhood.  His parents, also mujames-logo-perro1sicians, noticed his natural abilities at a very young age.  At 8 years old, James started playing bass guitar in the school band and electric and acoustic guitar outside of school.  As a preteen, he was already recording and performing his songs professionally.  At 13, James made his professional debut on ukulele, performing his original song Off The Top Of My Head at the Steve Shore Recovery Trust benefit.  At 14, he started his first band Iron-y with high school friends Andrew Carey, Travis Gorman and Jack Tedone.  At 15, James co-founded Bonsai Trees as a duo with his high school friend Nick Sokol.  For periods of time they were joined by bass players Jimi Cryan (2012-2015) and Sean Millane (2016).  On some more recent shows, James will switch it up and play bass and Marshall Biever (of Manic Pixi) will play guitarNow, James is also the touring bass player for Manic Pixi (2017).  Follow both Bonsai Trees and Manic Pixi on social media for the most current information.

James has performed at hundreds of shows either solo or with one of his bands, and has built up an impressive original song catalog.  All UPCOMING and PAST SHOWS can be found here: PERFORMANCES.  For the most up to date information, follow James on social media…


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

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/reallysmalltrees
Sonicbids EPK: https://www.sonicbids.com/band/bonsai-trees
Tumblr:  Bonsaitreesband.tumblr.com
Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram:  @bonsaitreesband

Here’s one of Bonsai Trees’ most popular videos:  Live Free And Die

Here’s one of their new songs which will be on the upcoming LP:  CALM

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