George is capturing attention all over the web and the world for his unique talents. Because he was born without arms, he sings and plays music from his heart using his feet. George also has a powerful message to share. Because George has overcome so many challenges in his own life, he believes that every individual has a purpose and absolutely anything is possible. People are surprised by his life story, including his brush with death in a Romanian orphanage, and his adoption by his U.S. family at the age of one. George started his musical journey by learning to play the cello at the age of eight. He advanced in classical music until he was able to play cello with regional orchestras. With the cello as his launching pad he has taught himself guitar, electric bass and basic piano. Regardless of the setting, people in his audience are always inspired, deeply touched and often realize their own goals are very much within reach.

George gained worldwide attention in 2012 after he posted a video of himself covering the Goo Goo Dolls song “Iris” on the web. George’s story went global and he received media coverage from as nearby as his own hometown, and as far away as London and Sydney. Then an astonishing thing happened: The Goo Goo Dolls themselves saw the video and loved it. They invited George to share the stage with them and perform ‘Iris’ to an enthusiastic and excited crowd of 7,000 fans at Musikfest, an annual week-long event held in Bethlehem, PA. Since then, his career has continued to take off. CBS News.Com named his video one of the “Best of 2012”.

George has shared the stage with national acts like Jeremy Camp, Audio Adrenaline, Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Colton Dixon, MercyMe, The Digital Age, Jamie Grace, The Goo Goo Dolls, For King and Country and many more. His testimony of a victorious, overcoming life has inspired thousands of people all over the world.

Featured Articles & Publications

I have had the honor and privilege of my story being shared through several publications, news stations and websites.. Here are some you can check out below. For the full articles just ‘click’ the links.

American Airlines | American Way MagazineWhat’s Trending, WTVR, GawkerRichmond Times Dispatch, Daily Mail UK, Mix 93.1 FM, CBS News, Christian Post, Right This Minute, Yahoo AU News, Dogo News, Daily Picks and Flicks


I Like Giving, Access Direct | Live TV | Bucharest, Romania; Radio Zu | Radio Show | Bucharest, Romania; Rai Da’ Buni | Live TV | Bucharest, Romania; PBS, NBC, The Richmond Times Dispatch, The Mechanicsville Local,  AOL News, Yahoo News, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Modesto Bee | California, CNN, ABC, CBS | Best Viral Videos of 2012, London Daily Mail, Mix 93 FM | Texas, Sunday Night Australia, Richmond Family Magazine, What’s Trending, Dogo News, Gawker, Interview on 103.7 radio, Interview on 100.9 radio & More!


Fun Facts

Cups of Coffee
Number of Performances
Superhero Tshirts
Number of Siblings


Tour Schedule

March 5, 2014 | Channel 6 | Richmond, Virginia

March 6-7, 2014 |Grand Rapids, Michigan

March 11, 2014 | Swift Creek Elementary School | Midlothian, Virginia

March 15:, 2014 | Richmond Academy of Seventh-Day Adventist School | Richmond, Virginia

March 20, 2014 | ACTS Event | St. Stephens Episcopal Church | Richmond, Virginia

March 25-27, 2014 | VSA Event |Nashville, Tennessee

March 29, 2014 | HOPE Church with Port Harbour / Brightwork |Hope Church | Richmond, Virginia

April 1, 2014 | Shenandoah Prayer Breakfast | Harrisonburg, Virginia

April 4, 2014 | Bedford Pregnancy Center Banquet| Bedford, Virginia

April 8, 2014 | Guitar Center Corporate Banquet | Los Angeles, California

April 12, 2014 | All 4 One Orphan Conference | Dubois, Pennsylvania

April 22, 2014 | LIFE Today TV Appearance | Dallas, Texas

May 2,  2014 | Private Event | Atlanta, Georgia

May 9, 2014| Blue Hill Consolidated Schools | Blue Hill, Maine

May 13, 2014 | Bethany Christian Services Fundraiser | Chattanooga, Tennessee

May 18-20, 2014 | Chosen & Clearly Loved | Denver, Colorado

June 1, 2014 | ECW Luncheon | Episcopal Church of the Redeemer | Midlothian, Virginia

September 19, 2014 | Conshohocken United Methodist Church: Jillian’s Cafe | Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

October 6, 2014 | Coldwell Banker Real Estate Banquet | Los Angeles, California

October 9, 2014 | Bethany Christian Services Banquet | Indianapolis, Indiana

October 10, 2014 | Zionsville Community High School | Zionsville, Indiana

November 1, 2014 | Bethany Christian Services Banquet | Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

November 8, 2014 | Bethany Christian Services Banquet| St Louis, Missouri

November 14-15 | Bethany Christian Services | Atlanta, Georgia


Management Info

  • Passion Music Group
  • Derek Smith
  • (804)-986-8980
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Derek@PassionAcademy.net
  • www.PassionAcademy.net

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