With musical influences spanning West African, Classical, Jazz, House, Afro-Beat, Hip Hop, Reggae, Salsa and R&B, New York native Shayshahn MacPherson has redefined what it means to be a contemporary violinist. Leveraging his skills as a DJ and producer, MacPherson (also known as Phearnone) blends his instrument with equal parts technology and passion to create a sound that is soulful, traverses genres and is distinctly his own. With a talent for seamlessly inserting his string play into any environment, he challenges us to reimagine how we define great music.

MacPherson’s own musical evolution is shaped by his grandfather, who was a saxophonist in a big band, his Caribbean roots, and his exposure to cross-cultural music as far back as 7 years old. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, he began playing the viola in elementary school. His skills with the instrument eventually earned him spots on both the Bronx Borough-Wide Orchestra & City-Wide Orchestra. MacPherson later attended Harlem School of the Arts where he continued to hone his skills before being accepted into the Music Program at The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

MacPherson has performed at venues across the country and around the world including appearances in U.K., Germany, New Zealand, Amsterdam, Iceland, Colombia & Jamaica. His musical achievements span from youth, with feature performances at Carnegie Hall at the age of 12, to more recent work including shows at AfroPunk Music Festival, the Barclay Center and projects for musical icons like Stevie Wonder & Erykah Badu.

MacPherson’s passion for music has extended into other instrument categories including piano/keyboard, guitar, and West African drums (djimbe & dun-duns). Among his other talents is acting, where he has taken on a variety of roles in films, commercials and theatrical plays.

In reviews, including The Washington Times, MacPherson’s artistry has been dubbed "'evocative,’ 'infectious,’ 'regal,’ and 'popularly contemporary.'" A pioneer in his space, MacPherson’s true talent lies in his ability to simultaneously connect with both music and audience, taking anyone who watches him play on an emotional journey. A bonafide chameleon, he defies stereotypes, transcends classification and embodies what it means to be an artist. When asked what drives him, MacPherson remarked, “The unexpected path to success".