George Perris - Site Officiel
George Perris was born in Athens in 1983, his father is Greek and mother is French. At a very early age, Perris decided he wanted to become a singer and be- gan studying the piano. He pursued his studies in Greek Literature at the Uni- versity of Athens.
His first solo album “Kainouria mou mera” was released by EMI in 2006. In the years that followed, Perris performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls in Greece. His single “Karavani” (from that album) was included in a com- pilation that Radio Française distributes worldwide once a year… a rare achievement for a Greek-speaking artist.
2008 was a turning point for the young artist. He was a featured artist at the Athens Arena International Music Festival hosted by acclaimed tenor Mario Frangoulis, singing duets and appearing with many international artists such as Lara Fabian, Lucio Dalla, Justin Hayward and Madeleine Peyroux. At the same time, his second album, Perno Anasa was released by SonyBMG. This album was very personal, as Perris wrote most of the songs, establishing himself not only as a talented singer, but also as a songwriter with great promise.
In 2009 Perris performed in Cyprus, the United Kingdom –with the Oxford Philomusica– and the USA.
In the fall, the international French-speaking diva Lara Fabian invited George to perform as a guest artist on her European tour. Perris opened for her concerts in France and Belgium. The highlight of the tour was when Perris sang to audiences of 8,000+ at the famous Zenith arena in Paris. Attendees included Charles Az- navour and Nana Mouskouri who praised the young artist for his powerful per- formance.
In spring 2010, George returned to Russia for two performances: one with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra, and the second in St. Petersburg with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. In May, he made an impromptu trip to Montreal, Canada, at the invitation of acclaimed composer and pianist Stephan Moccio to perform with him at the legendary Place des Arts in a sold-out performance.
2011 has been a year of significant live performances in various countries, includ- ing Canada where he performed with Stephan Moccio, and the Niagara Falls Symphony Orchestra, Cyprus, Monaco, Russia, USA and finally Greece where he performed with internationally known soprano Deborah Myers in Athens at the Badminton Theatre.
For Un souhait, his first french album released in April 2012, some of the most prominent Canadian and european songwriters offered George some original songs written for his voice (Frédérick Baron, Stephan Moccio, Marc Dupré, Steve Marin, Matt Herskowitz). A special feature of the album is “Ma solitude”, a powerful duet with Lara Fabi- an. The single “Un souhait” was voted 3rd (by fans) in the Weetix “best song of the year” competition.
In June 2012, Perris performed alongside Mario Frangoulis, Hayley Westenra and Alkistis Protopsalti at the Boston Symphony Hall with the legendary Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart. The Autumn of 2012 was quite busy for Perris as he embarked on his first tour in Canada. His “Un Souhait Tour” took him to Montreal, Toronto and Quebec city among others, to great acclaim. Towards the end of 2012, he released a new “LIVE” album in Greece, produced by Alkistis Protopsalti.
2013 was a full year for Perris. He went on a more than 30-city tour in Greece and Cyprus with the legendary Greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti, but also performed with Vincenzo Thoma at the Place des Arts in Montreal.
2014 brought George to North America for the release of his first English lan- guage album, “Picture This.” This debut album was recorded in LA, NYC, Lon- don, Montreal, Prague and Athens. George collaborated with producers such as Mark Portmann (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion), Marco Marinangeli (Josh Groban, Il Divo) and Simon Hale (Bjork, Tina Arena). The album includes 13 tracks, 3 of which have been written by George, as well as the participation of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, his show “George Perris Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center” filmed live at the prestigious Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York was broadcast throughout the spring of 2014 on The Ovation Channel. At the same time, Perris toured North America with multi-platinum American Pianist Jim Brickman. As of June 1st, his concert special was also aired as a special channel on demand on Comcast throughout the summer.
George signed an exclusive deal with Decca Records/Universal Music. Both ‘Pic- ture This’ and his DVD “Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center” were released world- wide in August 2014. The album made it to JB Hi-Fi’s -Australia’s biggest retail- er- best sellers. George toured Australia as a special guest star on Tina Arena’s “Reset” tour in the summer as well as appearing at the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation gala in Sydney.
In October, Perris performed a series of joint concerts with Mario Frangoulis in Bangkok, Istanbul and Ankara. On November 4th and 5th, he performed the American National Anthem in New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden at the New York Knicks vs the Wash- ington Wizards game and the New York Rangers vs the Detroit Red Wings hock- ey game. It was the first time that this honor was given to a Greek artist.
Soon thereafter, Perris released a new single, his version of “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” through Decca Records/Universal Music. The song is featured on “Superstar Christmas”, a compilation released by Universal Music which includes iconic artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Luciano Pavarotti. George’s track was the only new recording especially recorded for this compilation.
George Perris is engaged to a cause that is very important to him personally, the Horatio Alger Association; an association that offers scholarships to young stu- dents facing great adversity in their lives. George is their International Ambas- sador and takes part in many HAA events in support of their mission. As George says, “Music, for me, has no frontiers. It only speaks the language of love, of freedom and above all, of hope.”