Saturday, July 9, 2011

George Perris joins Kenneth Hieber on One Voice From Africa

Join George Perris and Kenneth Hieber in this episode of One Voice From Africa (July 14) as together they talk about music and together, launch a brand new piece of music, never heard before. Join in – this is a great episode of One Voice From Africa.

George Perris was born in Athens in 1983, his father is Greek and mother is French. In addition to launching his music career, he is working on his third CD while studying ancient Greek literature at the University of Athens.

At a very early age, Perris decided he wanted to become a singer, and began studying piano. From the age of 14, he began to seriously pursue performing, and at age 18, the famous Greek composer Mimis Plessas discovered his talent, and invited him to tour all over Greece and Cyprus.

His first solo album "My New Day" (EMI) was released shortly thereafter, featuring compositions by the famous Stefanos Korkolis, and a Greek version of "Caravane", Raphael’s major European hit. In the summer of 2006, Perris joined the international tenor Mario Frangoulis on a tour throughout Greece.

2008 was a big year for Perris. He participated as a featured artist at the Athens Arena International Music Festival sponsored and hosted by Mario Frangoulis, singing duets and appearing with many important international artists such as Lara Fabian,Lucio DallaJustin HaywardMadeleine Peyroux, andFrances Ruffelle. These performances were recorded and released in late 2008 and early 2009 in a series of two CDs entitled, "Mario Frangoulis & Friends 1… What a Wonderful World" and "Mario Frangoulis & Friends 2… It Makes the World Go Round" to great acclaim.

At the same time, his second album, "Perno Anasa" ("I Take A Breath") was released by SonyBMG. This album was especially important and 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 the summer of 2009, George participated in three concerts in Cyprus dedicated to the Oscar Award winning Greek composerManos Hadjidakis at the ancient Kourio theatre in Limassol. This was followed by a series of concerts in Istanbul, Bodrum and Izmir as a special guest of Mario Frangoulis.

In the late spring, Perris was invited by The Greek Institute in Boston, U.S.A. to present two solo performances: "George Perris: Greece, A Musical Journey" at the Stuart Street Play- house in Boston; and "George Perris" for an international show at the world-famous Ryles Jazz Club where he sang in English, French, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese, taking his audience by storm.

The transition from 2009–2010 was pivotal for George Perris, and launched him on a new "international stage" a result of his stellar performances and duets with Lara Fabian in the 2008 Athens Arena International Music Festival. Fabian invited him to perform as a guest artist on her European tour; highlights were two performances at the Zenith theatre in Paris to an audience of 10,000, and in Belgium to great acclaim. Attendees includedNana Mouskouri and Charles Aznavour, who lauded the young artist for his powerful debut performance.