History

James Alexander MacPherson was born in New York City and raised in South Windsor, Connecticut.  James has been passionate about music since early childhood james-logo-perro1and started playing bass guitar in the school band at age 8, then moved to electric and acoustic guitar as primary instruments.  As a preteen, James had mastered Protools and was already recording and performing original music.

At 13, James performed an original song Off The Top Of My Head at the Steve Shore Recovery Trust benefit event, backed by members of the popular CT cover band Last Licks.

At 14, James formed the band Iron-y with high school friends Andrew Carey, Travis Gorman and Jack Tedone and performed at local venues and parties.

At 15, James and another high school friend and drummer Nick Sokol created Bonsai Trees.

At 16, James performed live on Fox CT News to promote upcoming shows at the Wapping Fair.

At 19, James won the New England RADAR Music Award in 2016 for best singer/songwriter under 21 and was already performing regularly at music venues, festivals, fairs, colleges, and private events across North America. 

RADAR Award Judge and past winner, singer/songwriter Sarah Barrios 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.”

In addition to Bonsai Trees, James had several other original music projects, including:

The Lion and The Badger:  James and Marshall Biever formed an acoustic duo called The Lion & The Badger and released a 6-song debut EP “Home” in December 2017.

Vicky.and.James (on Instagram):  James and Vicky Bui created an indie pop duo and posted several live recordings on Instagram.

Bonsai Trees
Through an incredible 10 year journey so far, James has written and recorded an impressive original song catalog and performed at hundreds of shows .  A number of musicians have performed with James and Nick in Bonsai Trees, including Jimi CryanSean Millane, Larry SniscakMarshall BieverEthan WilliamsJon Herroon, and Dan Spence.

Bonsai Trees‘ 3rd album Learn To Grow was selected as one of Hartford Courant’s top 20 albums of 2019.

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

Bonsai Trees is laser focused on releasing new music and touring in the years to come.

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