George Skaroulis | Songs for Sophie

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Songs for Sophie

by George Skaroulis

Relaxing piano music for animals and the people who love them
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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1. Sophie's Song
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2. Sanctuary
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3. True Colors (feat. Kevin Lawson)
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4. Unchained Melody
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5. Tail Wagger's Tango
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6. The Way It Is
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7. You Are My Sunshine
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8. Best Friend
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9. Fragile
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10. I Remember The Beach
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11. Ray of Hope
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12. I'm Home
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13. A Good Life
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Biography

George Skaroulis - Composer/Pianist

George began his love for the piano at the early age of five. His mother was a classically trained pianist and George would sit on the bench next to her to watch and listen. One day, he started playing along. It wasn’t too long before George was figuring out the melodies of songs he heard on the radio. At the age of 10, his parents encouraged piano lessons, but in five weeks George quit the lessons after his teacher discovered he was playing by ear. Uninterested with structure & theory, George wanted to play the piano his way.

As a teenager, George began a career in the restaurant industry, and spent over 20 years in the business. Time at the piano was often his private escape. George never dreamed of pursuing his love of music as a career, but over the years, the piano kept calling him back. The message was loud and clear to George after attending a Yanni concert in the early 90s. He was amazed and moved by the music, and at the audience’s response. Realizing that perhaps his music had a chance to touch people, Skaroulis recorded his debut album Homeland in 1996. Over the years, many other albums have followed, including his latest releases, Imagine and Songs for Sophie.

To this day George doesn’t read music, and without those formal boundaries, he continues to create music in his own peaceful romantic style. George’s music undoubtedly has a calming effect on those who listen, even animals (George's music has been chosen as the official music of the Atlanta Humane Society). It is no surprise this relaxing quality has attracted its use in spas and by massage therapists worldwide. This year, George celebrates the 13th year of his independent record label Evzone Music. In addition to the many CD releases on his own label, Skaroulis’ music has captured the attention of other record labels including Essence Records (Chris Spheeris), Real Music, Bon Music (Korea), Orange Music (Singapore) and Sharper Image — all of which have licensed his music and talent for albums in which they distribute. George’s music has also managed to find it’s way into several public television documentaries and programs.

PBS selected George’s music for three nationally televised documentaries “Visions of Greece,” “Visions of Italy", and most recently “Brava Italia.” You may have also heard George’s music on XM-SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Music Choice, iTunes and Martha Stewart Living Radio.

All of George’s music can be found on his website and shipping within the contiguous U.S. is still free. Thank you for supporting independent music. We encourage you register with our mailing list so we can keep you informed of the latest releases and future performances in your area.


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Kathy Parsons

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After many years of soothing people with his music, George Skaroulis recently became The Official Musician for the Atlanta Humane Society when it was discovered that his music also has a very calming effect on animals waiting to be adopted. Songs for Sophie was inspired by the love and dedication of a rescue dog (named Sophie) who lived to be twenty years old, and part of the proceeds from this CD will be donated to “New Leash On Life,” a companion animal advocacy group that works to care for and improve the lives of lost and homeless animals in Metro Atlanta (GA). Skaroulis has been one of my favorite pianist/composers since I discovered his music back in 2003, and he never disappoints. Songs for Sophie is his fourteenth album to date and one of his best. Six of the thirteen tracks were previously released, but the other seven are more than worth the price of the album.

The album opens with the sweet and loving “Sophie’s Song,” a gentle tribute to a beloved pet performed in Skaroulis’ unmistakable style on piano, guitar, and keyboards. “Sanctuary” appeared on the album by the same name a few years ago, and shimmers with a calm, serene beauty. “True Colors” is sung by Kevin Lawson and first appeared on Skaroulis’ Forever Young - always a touching song. One of the new pieces is “Tail Wagger’s Tango,” a wistful, graceful dream of a song despite the whimsical title. Haunting in its emotional depth, this is a new favorite! “The Way It Is” is Skaroulis’ arrangement of a slow but flowing piece by Wilma. “You Are My Sunshine” also comes from Forever Young, and presents this old favorite as a tender love song. “Best Friend” is a happy new song that evokes images of innocent playtime in the country (performed on banjo, piano, and keyboards). “Fragile” is classic Skaroulis and is George’s arrangement of one of Sting’s songs. It first appeared on Reunion, and is as compelling as ever. “I Remember the Beach” is a new original and a daydream set to music (piano and strings). “Ray of Hope” is almost heart-breaking when relating the poignant music to the sad eyes of a lost pet awaiting a new home and companion. “A Good Life,” also new, closes the album with the sound of the unconditional love and peaceful contentment that comes with a close relationship with a dear pet.

Well, George Skaroulis has done it again with a deeply emotional collection that touches the heart while soothing the stresses of life away. Songs for Sophie is available from www.evzonemusic.com, CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. I give it my highest recommendation!