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'Picture This' singer promises memorable evening

| Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
George Perris
George Perris

Greek-French pop singing sensation George Perris will perform April 22 at Oakmont's Oaks Theater as part of his first U.S. concert tour.

He will perform songs from his latest album “Picture This.”

Perris says his audience should expect, “True, genuine emotion. I usually say that my shows are like a cardiogram. They go up and down and all over again. We will laugh. We'll cry. We'll have fun. We'll dance. We'll remember. I only wish to offer you a memorable evening.

“I promise them that, for approximately two hours, they'll forget all their troubles and have fun,” Perris says.

The 32-year-old Decca Records/Universal Music recording artist performed a sold-out, televised concert special at Lincoln Center in New York City that was broadcast nationally on PBS starting in December. The concert reached about 45 percent of the country and 122 million viewers. The Oaks show will be much like his PBS special.

“It includes songs from my latest album, ‘Picture This,' where I had the chance to collaborate with producers who have worked with some of the most legendary artists, such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, as well as songs in Greek, French and some American standards that I love,” Perris says.

Music has long served Perris as an outlet of expression.

“Ever since I can remember myself, music was always my one and only outlet,” Perris says. “Coming from a troubled childhood, my parents' brutal and ugly divorce when I was 4, my only means of expression was music. I felt my body alive through a melody. I still do up to this day. I love what I do more than anything else. Through the years, music gave me hope, joy and the freedom to become who I wanted to become.”

Perris, who resides in New York City and Athens, says he likes connecting with the audience when performing live and “that magical moment when you're on stage and you see the sparkle in people's eyes.”

“Every night is different, and every night is a unique experience,” he says.

Among his favorite songs are “Broken Vow” and “Picture This.”

“I know it sounds cliche, but every song I sing has a reason to be in the show,” he says. “Either it's a personal song that I wrote, or it is connected to a moment from my life or my interaction with my fans.”

Perris says he also has many musical idols who have influenced his singing.

“My idols are diverse and from various styles of music,” Perris says. “Maria Callas and Greek legend Nana Mouskouri were my first two great inspirations — Callas for her incredible dexterity and passion and Mouskouri for the clarity and pureness of her voice. As a teenager, I was very strongly influenced by Freddie Mercury, Sting and George Michael. The list is endless — Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald and so many more. ... I spent hours listening to all these great voices, trying to understand them, to decipher them. Today, I admire Adele, Ed Sheeran, John Legend and a young band from the UK called Stealth.”

Debbie Black is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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