Kenny MacPherson, Founder and President of Big Deal Music Group, is one of the most visible figures in the American music business—thanks in no small part to his gregarious personality, no nonsense reputation, and a Scottish burr as disarmingly apparent as the day he arrived in the States more than three decades ago.
Founded in 2011 with his longtime colleagues Dave Ayers and Jamie Cerreta, along with Michael McDonald and his Vinegar Hill/Propel Music publishing operation, Big Deal Music Group is a company that was painstakingly built on a foundation that is nimble and flexible, one that can quickly adjust to the rapidly changing music marketplace. The company has its headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in New York, Nashville and London.
At Big Deal, MacPherson and his colleagues have continued their long relationships from previous companies with acclaimed artists like Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Dan Wilson, Afghan Whigs, Dave Sitek and Ethan Johns, while continuing to build their roster with artists like Teddy Geiger, John Ryan, Sylvan Esso, Kamasi Washington, Blake Mills, Brad Tursi, Sleater-Kinney, Nick Lowe, FIDLAR, Local Natives, Sharon Van Etten, Brett Beavers, Beach House, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Shakey Graves and others. In 2016, the company acquired the Nashville-based administration company Words & Music, one of the world’s elite administrators.
Prior to forming Big Deal Music Group, Kenny served as President and Senior Executive of Chrysalis Music Division North America, a company he joined in 2001. While at Chrysalis, Kenny and his team revitalized the company with the signing of such acts as Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket, OutKast, TV on the Radio, St. Vincent, Afghan Whigs, Thom Yorke and Dan Wilson, as well as esteemed producers Joe Henry, Ethan Johns, Daniel Lanois and Dave Sitek. MacPherson continued to head Chrysalis N.A. until the parent company was bought by BMG in late 2010.
Kenny got his start in music publishing in the early 80s, forming Redhead Music Publishing a venture between Rondor music and Mismanagement, the company that managed Supertramp and other superstars. In 1989, he went to Warner/Chappell, running the company’s New York offices, later moving to the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. During his 13 years at WCM, MacPherson signed such prestigious artists as Radiohead, Underworld, Paul Westerberg, Afghan Whigs, BRMC and the Blue Nile. He began his musical journey as a concert manager Glasgow’s Apollo Theatre before becoming Billy Connolly’s tour manager.