BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY

George Perris is Greece’s leading international singer of his generation. He is multilingual and has released albums in Greek, English and French. An accomplished artist who went from regional stardom to international fame, George Perris spent his formative years in his native Greece before reaching international audiences.

At a very early age, Perris decided he wanted to become a singer and began studying voice and piano while pursuing his studies in Greek Literature at the University of Athens.

Shortly thereafter, his first Greek album was released by EMI. Perris went on to release 2 more Greek albums with Sony Music and Heaven Music, and a French album in Canada with Select Records.

Perris has performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world including [Lincoln Center, New York; Symphony Hall, Boston; Le Zenith, Paris; Place des Arts, Montreal; Herod Atticus Theatre, Athens; Kurucesme Arena, Istanbul] and has collaborated with acclaimed international artists including Michel Legrand, Lara Fabian, Tina Arena, Mario Frangoulis, Lucio Dalla and Justin Hayward.

In 2014 Perris released his debut English album in N. America, “Picture This”. This album represents Perris’ first collaboration with a host of global producers and writers including Mark Portmann (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion), Marco Marinangeli (Josh Groban, Il Divo), Simon Hale (Bjork). Both ‘Picture This’ and his DVD “Live in New York” were released in late 2014 globally through Decca Records/Universal Music.

In addition, his first PBS concert special “George Perris Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center”, (filmed live in New York) had a very successful broadcast reaching more than  136 million viewers in the USA alone.

Perris went on to perform his “Picture This” tour in more than 30 cities throughout 2015/2016, including New York, Athens, Montreal, Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok, Istanbul and many more. He was also given the honor to perform the American National Anthem at the legendary Madison Square Garden for a Knicks and a Rangers game.

In Spring 2016, Perris released an album of duets in Greek with Mario Frangoulis which was an immediate success, selling 68,000 copies and skyrocketing to #3 on the Greek album charts. A tour followed in Greece which ended at the historic Herod Atticus Odeon: a special sold out show, filmed for American Public Television, featuring Tina Arena as his guest. In November 2016, Perris performed with 3-time Academy Award Winner and legendary composer Michel Legrand, in Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia with a Symphony Orchestra to sold out audiences.

Starting 2017, he released 2 singles in Greek composed by acclaimed film composer Evanthia Reboutsika and later went on to perform the music of celebrated composer and Academy Award winner Manos Hadjidakis at the brand new Athens Opera House.

In 2019  he released “Who I’m meant to be”, his second English record which received critical acclaim. Whoopi Goldberg posted his song “How Many Does It Take” on her social media, praising the artist and his special song about addiction. At the same time, the United Nations chose his song “She Walks On” about refugees.

His second TV Special “George Perris Live At The Acropolis” reached 104 million viewers in the USA on PBS and was considered a wide success.

In June 2020 he released “Stathera Sta Onira”, his first album of original Greek songs in more than 10 years, written by acclaimed writers Evanthia Reboutsika and Lina Nikolakopoulou. The album went straight to no 3 in the charts and remained there for 6 weeks.

In September 2020, George Perris performed a historic show: he became the first singer in Greek history to perform a concert inside the more than 2500 years old Ancient Temple of Aphaea on the island of Aegina in Greece. The performance, which took place under the hospices  of the Greek National Tourism  Organization, was filmed and will be broadcast in various countries around the world in 2021.

George Perris is engaged to a cause that is important to him personally: The Horatio Alger Association, an association that offers scholarships to students facing adversity and for which George is an International Ambassador.