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 began studying the piano. He pursued his studies in Greek Literature at the University 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” was included in a compilation 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 Sony/BMG. 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 Aznavour and Nana Mouskouri who praised the young artist for his powerful performance.
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 Fabian. 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 language album, “Picture This.” This debut album was recorded in Los Angeles, New York, London, 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 of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York will be broadcast throughout the Spring of 2014 on major cable networks such as The Ovation Channel and Comcast. At the same time, Perris toured North America with multi-platinum American Pianist Jim Brickman.
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 students facing great adversity in their lives. George is their International Ambassador and takes part in many HAA events in support of their mission.
As George says, “Music, for me, is like a beautiful rainbow with many colors… it knows no nationalities, no barriers, no frontiers. Because music has its own language: the language of love, of freedom, of the dream, but above all, of hope.”