James Hill Plays Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” on the Ukulele: Watch One Musician Become a Complete Band

James Hill, an award-winning ukulele player and songwriter from Canada, has been called a "ukulele wunderkind," and an artist who "gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself too seriously." The video above puts Hill's lighter side and wunderkind talents on full display.

Performing live for a crowd in California, Hill and his "imaginary band" perform an enchanting version of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." With just a uke, Hill plays the bass line, percussion, and piano parts. Put it all together, and you have a fascinating one-man ukulele performance. But wait until you see what he can do with a uke, chopsticks and comb...

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