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George Perris to Perform at Lincoln Center
In January 2014, George Perris, the beloved Greek-French singer, will launch his first English language debut album, Picture This, due out in the Spring, 2014. In support of this new and exciting project, he will be performing at the famous and magical Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on January 22nd, 2014.
Perris’ powerful vocals will be backed by an orchestra of 16 world-class musicians in his first-ever headlining event in New York City. This inspirational and unique concert event is presented by The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans — a US-based charitable organization providing over $100M in educational scholarships for underprivileged, high-potential children. Perris represents the organization as an International Ambassador, performing all over the world on their behalf.
Picture This represents another great stride for the talented vocalist who began singing at the age of 4, but was formally discovered at 18 by the legendary Mimis Plessas who was immediately taken with the young artist. Perris is one of only a few young artists from Greece who have truly built and cultivated an international career. His facility with languages (Greek, French, English, Spanish), warm beautiful voice, and charisma on stage has not only captured the attention of audiences all over the world, but also world-famous artists such as Lara Fabian with whom he has performed, recorded and who wrote the lyrics for a song on his new album, Alkistis Protopsalti who he toured with in 2013, and one of his mentors and great supporters Mario Frangoulis who has helped guide him on his journey toward a successful and long international career.
Building an international career is not an easy task, especially in this day and age when the music industry continues to experience tremendous change. In our conversation with Perris, he stated, that he is very hopeful about the future, mostly because of his experience making his French album last year and this new English album. He is encouraged that “people in the recording industry at an international level still have a vision for what music can be. They try to respect the strengths of you as an individual artist and what you can offer, instead of trying to fit you into someone else’s ‘mold’. We seem to be moving toward an era of individuality and uniqueness… This is good news for those of us who know who we are and what we want to communicate (musically) to our audiences.”
The album Picture This is hardly “someone else’s mold!” For this project, Perris worked with very important producers who have collaborated with artists such as Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Il Divo, and many others. Alongside these major writers and producers, Perris himself has written the music to two songs and the lyrics for one, solidifying a new creative frontier for the artist. The music is performed by the Prague Symphony Orchestra and Perris traveled the world recording in Los Angeles, London, Prague, Montreal and Athens making this an English album with international flair.
This Lincoln Center concert event not only launches the new album project, and supports the important scholarship funds of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, it will also be filmed for broadcast television. The Allen Room has special sentimental value for Perris, besides being a breathtaking space to perform in, but also because he feels he is returning to a familiar place in one of his favorite cities in the world, as he performed there originally in 2010 as an invited guest of Mario Frangoulis.
George Perris never leaves his Greek roots behind. When asked about Greek artists he has worked most with and learned the most from, he replied that the two most influential artists in his life (other than Maria Callas and Nana Mouskouri) are Alkistis Protopsalti and Mario Frangoulis. From Protopsalti, he learned about the impact that “professionalism, hard work without limits, and pure truth toward your audience has.” From Mario Frangoulis he learned “not to be afraid to be myself, and to always set the highest possible goals for myself.” However, it is the words of the famous Greek poet Nikos Gatsos that he holds closest to his heart and that guide him in these major life moments. “In life, one must have only two frontiers: The sun so that one can see the truth, and the moon so that one can dream.”
George Perris is performing at the Allen Room Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY. www.jalc.org/events
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