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Concerts for Hope (Eric Genuis ep. 290)

John O’Leary welcomes composer + pianist Eric Genuis onto the Live Inspired Podcast to share how he uses his gift of music to provide joy, grace + dignity to those who need it most.

Composer and pianist Eric Genuis began his music career with a simple philosophy: never say no to an opportunity to perform.

Today, he has played for millions of captivated audiences around the world and reaches even more hearts and ears through the music he writes for film and television. What do I admire most about Eric?

…That he chooses to share his amazing talent to bring joy, grace and dignity to people in prisons, hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes and inner-city schools through his foundation Concerts For Hope.

Eric’s heart, courageous mission and beautiful music will breathe light into your day.

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  • Before composing, Eric was a math + physics teacher.
  • Within the first 20 seconds of his first performance in a prison, Eric recalls the profound positive impact he had on the audience.
  • “My hope is not to entertain. My hope is to provide dignity.”
  • “If we all collectively take our little gifts, we can make the world a better place.”
  • To learn more about Eric Genuis + Concerts For Hope, visit EricGenuis.com.



  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Fearlessness.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. My computer + the original photograph of my parents.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. My wife or Father Damien who served those in a leper colony.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. We all have shortcomings. Get back on the horse.
  6. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. He never measured success and yet in showing up + serving, he showed us what success looked like.