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 Litterature at the University of Athens. Shortly thereafter, his first solo album Kainouria mou mera (EMI) was released.
In the years that followed, Perris performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls in Greece.
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. These performances were recorded and released on two CDs entitled, âMario Frangoulis & Friends 1... What a Wonderful Worldâ and âMario Frangoulis & Friends 2... It Makes the World Go Roundâ. 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 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 theatre in Paris. Attendees included two of Perrisâ major musical influences â Charles Aznavour and Nana Mouskouri who praised the young artist for his powerful debut performance on a truly international stage.
In the late spring of 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 (Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman) to perform with him at the legendary Place des Arts in a sold-out performance.
2011 was a great year for Perris. He completed recording his first solo French album with songs written especially for him by some of the biggest songwriters in French music. 2011 has also been a year of significant live performances in various countries, including 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, some of the most acclaimed canadian and european songwriters offered George some original songs written for his voice : Lara Fabian, FrÃ©dÃ©rick Baron, Stephan Moccio, Marc DuprÃ©, Catherine Major, Jean-FranÃ§ois Breau, Steve Marin, Vincenzo Thoma, Matt Herskowitz, Ãric Valiquette, Marie-Jo Zarb and Nat Alhister. A special feature of the album is his wonderful collaboration with the world-famous Lara Fabian who not only wrote the lyrics in one song (Dis-moi comment tâaimer) but also joined George in the powerful duet Ma solitude.
Finally, George Perris is engaged to a cause that is very important to him personally : part of the proceeds from his album Un souhait will be offered to the Horatio Alger Association of Canada, an association for which George is an ambassador.
As George says, âMusic, 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 hopeâ`