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George Perris
Born (1983-08-24) August 24, 1983 (age 33)
Athens, Greece
Origin Greece
France
Genres Pop, Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Record Producer, Recording Artist
Instruments Piano, Voice
Years active 2002 - Present
Labels Minos EMI
EMI
Sony Music Greece
Universal Music Group
Decca Records
Website Official Website
Official Facebook Page

George Perris (Greek: Γιώργος Περρής) is a Greek singer, musician and songwriter. He is multilingual and sings in Greek, French, English, and Spanish. Perris has released 5 studio albums, 1 Live album and 2 Live DVDs in various countries worldwide.

Early life[edit]

Perris was born and raised in Athens, Greece to a French mother, the novel writer Joelle Lopinot and a Greek father. From a very young age he wanted to become a singer and started piano lessons from the age of 4. He studied Greek literature, Ancient Greek and Latin at the Athens University.[1]

Career[edit]

2005-2008: Debut solo album and early years[edit]

Perris' performing career began at the age of 18, when he was invited to tour with composer Mimis Plessas. He was featured on Plessas' 2006 album Mimis Plessas and the Jazz Quartet Live. His first solo album, Kainouria mou mera (My new day) was released in 2005 by EMI and included the hit songs "Pezi o erotas" which was the theme song from the TV series "Erotas", as well as "Karavani" which was included in a compilation created by Radio Française.

The following year he toured with acclaimed Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis. Frangoulis invited him back for his "Mario & Friends" performance series at the Athens Arena where he appeared on stage with international artists such as Lucio Dalla, Justin Hayward, Madeleine Peyroux, Lara Fabian and Frances Ruffelle. As a result, 2 live albums were released in 2008 and 2009, Mario & Friends 1 and Mario & Friends 2 which were both certified platinum album. In April 2008, Perris also released his second studio album Pairno anasa with Sony Music. The album featured Stis gis tin akri, a duet with Mario Frangoulis. He wrote and composed almost half of the songs on that record. Perris continued touring in 2009, performing in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.

2009-2011: First appearances outside of Greece[edit]

In 2009, international diva Lara Fabian invited him to open some concerts of her 2009 European tour, including 2 sold out performances at the Zénith de Paris.[2][3] During the same year, he also performed in Boston, as a guest of the Greek Institute, and also in St. Petersburg, Russia and London with the Oxford Philomusica.

In 2010, Perris performed again in the USA as part of Frangoulis' "Light of Greece" tour,[4] performing concerts in Chicago, Boston and New York. He also traveled to Canada, as a guest of Stephan Moccio, performing at the Place des Arts in Montreal. Perris appeared in a 2010 production of Mikis Theodorakis' adaptation of March of the Spirit (poetry: Angelos Sikelianos). This show was performed in both Greece and Turkey, as part of an attempt to improve international relations between the two countries.

In 2011, Perris was invited by Stephan Moccio to participate in a concert in Toronto, Canada. He also performed with soprano Deborah Myers in Athens.[5][6][7][8] This concert was broadcast on national television. In the summer, Perris toured with Mario Frangoulis in Turkey and a few months later he took part in a tribute concert to Mimis Plessas. He also recorded the a cappella single “Humana” adapted by Women of the World which was released the same year.

2012-2013: French Album "Un souhait" and "LIVE" album in Greece[edit]

In the Spring of 2012, he released his third studio album Un Souhait in Canada. The album included 11 new songs in French, composed for him by some of the most acclaimed French-speaking songwriters as well as Ma Solitude, a duet with Belgian superstar Lara Fabian.[9][10]

In June, he shared the stage with Mario Frangoulis, Hayley Westenra and Alkistis Protopsalti at the Boston Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the baton of Keith Lockhart.[11] The same concert was performed in Athens, Greece at the Herod Atticus Theatre.[12][13]

In October of the same year, he performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Baker.

The release of the “Un souhait” album earlier in 2012 in Canada led to the Un Souhait Tour presented by the Horatio Alger Association for whom Perris serves as an International Ambassador. The last show of the tour was filmed and released on the Live à Montréal DVD exclusively on his website.[14][15]

In December, George Perris returned to Greece and released a new “Live” album produced by Alkistis Protopsalti. The album included various Greek, French and English classics that Perris had performed live over the last 2 years.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29] [30]

In 2013 Perris toured extensively with Alkistis Protopsalti in Greece and Cyprus as well as performing in Montreal, Canada and Pasadena, California.

2014-2015: Debut English Album "Picture This"[edit]

He spent most of 2013 recording his new English album. In November, he released I will wait for you/Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, the first song from this album for free.[31] In January 2014 George Perris traveled to New York for his debut performance as an international ambassador of Horatio Alger Association at Jazz at Lincoln Center.This show titled ‘George Perris Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center’ was broadcast in spring 2014 on American cable networks, and released as the DVD titled "Live in New York" on August 15, 2014, in Australia.[32][33][34][35][36][37][38] In May 2014 his debut English language album titled "Picture This" was released in the US and Canada. For this album, Perris collaborated with producers Marco Marinangeli, Simon Hale, Mark Portmann and Michael Smidi Smith as well as the Prague Symphony Orchestra.The album was later released in Australia through Decca Records.[39][40][41]

In August, he joined Australian superstar Tina Arena on her Reset tour of Australia.[42][43] [44] In addition, Perris performed at Bangkok's 16th International Festival of Dance and Music in October along with Mario Frangoulis. They also gave two concerts in Turkey.[45][46][47][48][49][50]

On November 17, 2014 George Perris performed the American National Anthem at Madison Square Garden at the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards Game.[51][52][53]

His debut PBS special "Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center" was aired on PBS in the US from November 2015 to March 2016 to great success, allowing him to bring his "Picture This Tour" in the U.S. for the first time.[54] [55] [56] [57]

2016: Return to Greece: "Kivotos" Album[edit]

In April 2016, he announced on his official page on Facebook that he was recording an album of duets with fellow Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis and then touring Greece and Cyprus together.[58] The album "Kivotos" / "Ark" was released on May 1 in Greece through the newspaper "Kathimerini" selling more than 65000 copies in one day. Subsequently, it was released in a deluxe package on May 10 in Greece and Cyprus, skyrocketing to #4 on the Greek album charts where it remained for 4 weeks.[59] [60] [61] Perris embarked on a joint summer tour of Greece and Cyprus with Mario Frangoulis, playing in more than 17 dates. [62] [63] [64] [65]

Perris and Frangoulis ended their joint tour with a sold out performance at the historic Odeon of Herodes Atticus under the Acropolis in Athens with special guests Jorge Calandrelli and Tina Arena. The concert was called "Mediterranea" and was filmed for American Public Television. Perris performed 3 new songs from his upcoming English album to be released in 2017.[66][67][68] Following the performance, critics wrote that Perris stole the performance and was the apocalypse of the evening.[69][70]

In November he performed with Michel Legrand as a special guest of the legendary composer's concerts in Moscow, at the Crocus City Hall and St. Petersburg at Oktbryasky Hall.[71][72][73][74]

2017-Present : New Greek Single "Pios Fovate Tin Agapi"[edit]

In January 2017, Perris released a new single called "Pios fovate tin agapi" (Who's afraid of love) through Universal Music composed by acclaimed Greek composer Evanthia Reboutsika and lyrics by Aris Davarakis, making this his first original Greek song since 2008. He announced that a second single titled "Iliofania" would be released in the Spring.[75][76][77][78][79][80] In February he performed his first solo shows in Greece in over 6 years to great acclaim.[81][82]

He is currently working on a new English album, mostly recorded in Los Angeles. The album is expected to be released in the Fall of 2017.

Artistry[edit]

Perris possesses the vocal range of a tenor. He is multilingual and sings in Greek, French, English and Spanish. His vocal style is characterized as Crossover Music, combining Adult Contemporary Music, Pop and Vocal Music.

Charity Work[edit]

Perris is an International Ambassador for the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, an association that offers scholarships to students in the USA and Canada that come from adversity. He has performed in numerous galas to raise funds for children in need in various countries.[83] [84][85]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Type Record Label
2005 Me mia mihani Single Minos EMI / EMI
2005 Kainouria mou mera Studio album Minos EMI / EMI
2008 Pairno anasa Studio album Sony Music Greece
2009 Paradosou Promo-single Sony Music Greece
2012 Un souhait / Cast A Spell Single Productions EM / Distribution Select
2012 Un Souhait Studio album Productions EM / Distribution Select
2012 I koupasti Single Heaven Music
2012 Live Live album Heaven Music
2013 Live à Montréal DVD Productions EM / Destin Productions
2014 Picture This Studio album Destin Productions / Sony Music / RED Distribution
2014 Picture This Studio album Decca Records / Universal Music Group
2014 Live in New York DVD Decca Records / Universal Music Group
2016 Kivotos Studio album Minos EMI / Universal Music
2017 Pios Fovate Tin Agapi Single Minos EMI / Universal Music

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist Company
2005 Mimis Plessas and the Jazz Quartet (Live) Mimis Plessas Universal Music
2008 Mario and Friends 1... What a Wonderful World Mario Frangoulis Sony Music
2009 Mario and Friends 2... It Makes the World Go Round Mario Frangoulis Sony Music
2010 To ftero tou drakou Various artists Mikri Arktos
2011 Mario My best of Frangoulis Mario Frangoulis Sony Music
2014 Superstar Christmas Various artists Decca Records / Universal Music Group

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