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The sensational, charismatic and gifted singer/songwriter/pianist and guitarist is already well known in New York's club world. His debut album "Chariot" consists of eleven songs, which are all of equal quality and created by Gavin's best efforts. His songs are characterized by emotional melodies that are undeniable to a person's ears. Gavin built his reputation in a short time by performing live at New York's Downtown clubs. Gavin DeGraw grew up playing music at home with piano studies beginning at eight and later playing in cover bands with his older brother in upstate New York. After a brief stint studying music at the prestigious Berklee School of Music, DeGraw, who had been writing his own songs since his cover band days, decided to make a go of it as a singer/songwriter in New York City. Upon his arrival in the late '90s, DeGraw made an impression with crowds, and occasionally with journalists, as his name began to pop up in columns and best-of lists. The steady buzz led to offers from major labels, but DeGraw chose to take his time, and let his craft develop and his audience grow. He eventually signed a record deal with Clive Davis and his J Records imprint.Gavin DeGraw sings the theme song "I Don't Want to Be" for the WBs One Tree Hill. This track can be found on his album "Chairot" in store now. He has an upcoming role on the HBO show "Dead Like Me".
Upon his arrival in New York in 1998, Gavin DeGraw was anointed by Time Out magazine as of one the city’s best-kept musical secrets. Today, DeGraw is no longer a mystery to the masses, as Chariot, his J Records debut album, reveals to the world a compelling young musician whose wholesome disposition and honest lyrics equate with success.
At 25, DeGraw exudes a charismatic presence, performing at such venues as New York’s Irving Plaza, Joe’s Pub and Wilson’s. Accompanying himself on piano and guitar, DeGraw sings soulfully about life’s love and heartache. DeGraw grew up in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, inspired musically by his parents. While spending his teenage years performing in various cover bands (at the urging of his older brother), DeGraw attempted his first efforts at songwriting.
After attending Ithaca College on a music scholarship for one semester and Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music for one year, DeGraw decided to pursue an unregimented music career in New York. Upon relocatiing, he discovered a lifestyle and creative environment that would help to ignite his career.
“I kept having small successes,” DeGraw recalls in a recent interview. “Things like applause from small audiences, or people saying they’d heard about me. Those tiny bits of recognition were fuel for me to continue, and made me feel like I was on the right track.” Currently on tour, DeGraw is a precious secret soon to be discovered on a nationwide scale.
Chariot, Gavin DeGraw's J Records debut, introduces the world to a vital, magnetic young artist whose abundant talent and charisma are already well known to New York clubgoers. The 11-song collection is a remarkably accomplished and compelling first effort, offering the same combination of raw emotion and eloquent songcraft that originally drew hometown fans to the 26-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist's live shows.
In a remarkably short time, DeGraw's effortlessly intimate, emotionally intense live performances have made himn the toast of Manhattan's downtown music scene, building public anticipation for the release of his first studio album.
Chariot doesn't disappoint. On such emotionally forthright, melodically arresting originals as "Just Friends," "Crush" and "Follow Through," DeGraw writes lyrics that muse on life and love with a hard-won insight that belies his age. And he sings his songs in a gently raspy, effortlessly emotive voice that carries a level of emotional depth that's remarkable for one so young, conveying the elation of love and the pain of heartbreak with equal assurance.
Gavin DeGraw, Michelle Branch Play For 'Hill' Fans In L.A.
Packed crowd phones 'One Tree Hill' actor Chad Michael Murray.
Forget about "As seen on TV." Wednesday night the folks behind the WB's "One Tree Hill" showed there's plenty of demand for "As heard on TV."
At the Wiltern LG stop of the "One Tree Hill" Concert Tour, fans of the show (and, assumedly, nonfans as well) turned out to hear Gavin DeGraw, Michelle Branch and others whose music has been featured on the teen drama.
Actress-turned-musician Bethany Joy Lenz, who plays Haley James Scott on the show, kicked things off with the upbeat song "Crazy Girls." Wearing a multicolored pastel dress and a guitar, the actress easily jammed onstage with her fluid folk-rock tunes. Later slipping behind a piano, Lenz delivered her ballad "John and Junior" as well as some advice.
"So often we think we know what we want, but if you wait, really there's something so much better," she told the crowd. "It's inspiring. Just wait. Wait to be the best."
She brought out co-star Tyler Hilton for their duet, "When the Stars Go Blue," a song originally recorded by Ryan Adams. The two recorded a cover specifically for the "One Tree Hill" soundtrack.
"Bethany and I started talking about doing a rock and roll version of it, and bringing in some of our influences," Hilton said recently. "We just went in the studio and had a great time with it."
Hilton later teamed up with co-star Brian Greenberg for a cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall," which garnered a rousing response from the crowd. Before heading out for the night, Hilton closed his set with "When It Comes," the current single off The Tracks of Tyler Hilton.
One non-musical highlight of the evening involved emcee Sophia Bush, a "Hill" alum who's engaged to the show's Chad Michael Murray. "Would you guys be cool with it if we called and left him a message?" Bush asked the eager crowd as she dialed up her honey on a cell phone. "Hi, honey, some people want to say hi to you!" As the actress gave the signal, the Wiltern LG was filled with deafening screams.
"He's going to go crazy when he hears that," Norris laughed. "He really wanted to be here tonight."
Later, the night's other emcee, actor Lee Norris (better known to "Hill" fans as Mouth), recalled his experience meeting the concert's next act. "These young women coming out are beautiful and talented," he said. "They stopped by 'Tree Hill' and they sang for us and they blew everybody away."
"Everybody that wasn't supposed to be working that day came into work just to see them," agreed Bush.
The Wreckers — Michelle Branch and partner Jessica Harp — came out and switched up the momentum by using banjos, mandolins and fiddles. Branch, in a white fitted tee, showed off her five-month-pregnant belly. Harp, meanwhile, preferred to make her way to the front of the stage, nearly mixing in with the crowd, as the two debuted songs off their upcoming album, due in June.
Branch also performed some of her own songs, like "Are You Happy Now?" and "All You Wanted," and teamed up with Harp for a new version of her Grammy-winning "The Game of Love," originally featuring Santana. It was easily a crowd favorite.
"I'm feeling very nostalgic this evening," Branch revealed halfway through their set. "The last time I was performing here at the Wiltern was the night that I got my record deal."
As the evening wound down, Bush and Norris invited some fellow cast members back to the stage as well as "One Tree Hill" creator Mark Schwahn. "I want to thank my partner, executive producer Joe Davola, who came into my office two years ago and said, 'There's this guy named Gavin DeGraw and you gotta hear him,' " recalled Schwan, introducing the evening's headliner.
Finally, DeGraw came out, opening with "Just Friends" and ending the night with his hit "I Don't Want to Be," the show's theme song.
The "One Tree Hill" Concert Tour will wind its way through North America through the end of March before ending March 31 in Minneapolis.
Gavin DeGraw Needs A Curvy Woman For His Regular-Guy 'Chariot'
Singer/songwriter releasing title track from Chariot as his next single.
For those who find themselves squishing through black city slush and/or chomping on too many chocolate-covered cherries instead of fresh fruit, Gavin DeGraw feels your pain.
Hoping to offer a remedy to the wintertime-in-the-city blues, the singer/songwriter is releasing
"Chariot," the title track from his debut album, as his next single. "The song is really about getting away from living in New York City and going back to the country for a little bit of vacation," DeGraw, a native upstate New Yorker, said recently. "Feeling like a regular guy — that's the whole point of the tune," which includes such lyrics as "I said to myself we all lost touch/ Your favorite fruit is chocolate-covered cherries/ And seedless watermelon/ Nothing from the ground is good enough."
DeGraw is still kicking around ideas for the video, which he'll shoot later this month with a yet-to-be-determined director. "I think it's important to get involved with [the making of the video] so you can represent yourself properly," he said. "You can't let anybody else do that for you."
Just as he did with the video for "I Don't Want to Be," DeGraw is hoping to share the screen with a gorgeous co-star. "Got to have curves, and I have none. No curves," he said. "I'm looking forward to checking out the headshots. It'll be awesome."
When he'll have time to make a video is anyone's guess, as DeGraw recently launched a headlining tour with Jem that will keep him on the road until May 8 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
A small detour from his headlining trek has also landed DeGraw on the "One Tree Hill" Tour until March 11. Michelle Branch, Tyler Hilton, Jessica Harp and Bethany Joy Lenz are also on that outing.
After the spring tour wraps up, DeGraw hopes to hit the road again in the summer and is "knocking on Tom Petty's door" for a possible opening slot.
Gavin DeGraw tour dates, according to J Records:
* 3/2 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater ("One Tree Hill" Tour)
* 3/5 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre ("One Tree Hill" Tour)
* 3/8 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield ("One Tree Hill" Tour)
* 3/9 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern ("One Tree Hill" Tour)
* 3/11 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues ("One Tree Hill" Tour)
* 3/17 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
* 3/18 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
* 3/29 - Pomona, NJ @ Richard Stockton College
* 3/30 - Lewiston, ME @ Bates College
* 3/31 - Orono, ME @ University of Maine
* 4/2 - Baltimore, MD @ University of Maryland
* 4/4 - Fredericksburg, VA @ University of Mary Washington
* 4/5 - Brookeville, NY @ Long Island University
* 4/7 - Rochester, NY @ St. John Fisher College
* 4/8 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Skidmore College
* 4/9 - Bloomsburg, PA @ Bloomsburg University
* 4/10 - Allentown, PA @ Muhlenberg College
* 4/12 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
* 4/13 - Toledo, OH @ Club Bayou
* 4/14 - Toronto, ON @ Revival
* 4/26 - Warrensburg, MO @ Central Missouri State U.
* 4/27 - Russellville, AR @ Arkansas Tech University
* 4/28 - New Orleans, LA @ Saengar Theatre
* 4/30 - Kansas City, MO @ Rockhurst College
* 5/1 - Dubuque, I @ Clark College
* 5/3 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College
* 5/4 - Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Central Michigan University
* 5/6 - Norfolk, VA @ Town Point Park
* 5/7 - Elon, NC @ Elon University
* 5/8 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
Gavin DeGraw To Serenade Celtics
DeGraw performs at Boston Celtics game Jan. 14.
On January 14, Gavin DeGraw will serenade the Boston Celtics and their fans when he takes center court to perform a song during halftime. Following the match-up between the Celtics and the Altanta Hawks at Boston's Fleet Center, DeGraw will perform an exclusive concert for the fans.
This isn't the first time DeGraw has joined forces with the Boston Celtics. In early October, he also headlined Celtics forward Walter McCarty's I Love Music Foundation benefit concert.
Catchy DeGraw grows into role of a rising star
Gavin DeGraw isn't a big star yet, but he sure seemed like one Monday night at the 9:30 Club, where he played a sold-out doubleheader.
Shivering fans waiting for entry into the late show stirred when a jeff-hat-wearing Mr. DeGraw popped out of his tour bus. Once in the club, they greeted every cut from his album "Chariot" as though it were a hit single.
"I Don't Wanna Be" actually is a hit single, and Mr. DeGraw has been riding it for the past year and a half. "Chariot," released in July 2003, eventually went gold and was rereleased this summer with a bonus disc of acoustic versions of each track.
Mr. DeGraw, an upstate New Yorker who moved to the big city to find stardom, is slowly finding room in the demographic space of young white nonsmokers who like artists such as John Mayer and Maroon 5. Monday was date night. Couples slow-danced, mimed lyrics and played air guitar. Women noticed Mr. DeGraw's "nice pecs."
The young singer-songwriter is fit indeed. He has a million-dollar smile and plays a very catchy cocktail of muscular rock music with pretty refrains. Take "I Don't Wanna Be," for instance. It borrows a nasty Stone Temple Pilots riff (think "Vaseline") and, by the time you reach the chorus, is impossible not to sing along to — that is, if you can follow the tricky meter of the lines "I don't wanna be/Anything other/What I've been/Tryin' to be lately."
Mr. DeGraw switches between guitar and piano (on which he's better-schooled) and is growing into a natural frontman. He dropped both instruments to get frisky with the front row on the funky "Chemical Party," which is about what you think it's about. His voice, though consistently flat and somewhat hoarse Monday — no shame in that; he'd already performed a full show — is blue-eyed-soulful.
Scattered among such "Chariot" songs as "Meaning" and "Overrated" were tributes to Mr. DeGraw's heroes — a snatch of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" here, a full cover of the Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider" there.
He's forging ahead with new material of his own, too. "Cop Stop," yet to be released, goes like this: "I'm a cop — stop/Put up your hands and surrender to me." It's cheesy as can be, but darn if it's not still in my head.
Mr. DeGraw is blossoming into one of those artists who's great at being mediocre.
Charming Gavin DeGraw
He's not as cute as John Mayer. He's not as quirky as Jason Mraz. But what sets Gavin DeGraw apart from the rest of the sensitive pretty boys is his tendency to rock the piano every once in a while. DeGraw's engaging melodies, the kind that can't help getting stuck in your head, have made him a perfect fit for the WB, which nabbed the catchy-gritty inspirational single "I Don't Want to Be" as the intro theme for the series One Tree Hill. The autobiographical song, which reflects on DeGraw's upbringing as a prison guard's son in upstate New York, is one of several tracks on his album that thankfully depart from singer-songwriter-in-love clichés. Live, the gravel-voiced DeGraw is charming and sweet, a lot like he was during his cameo as a starving artist on the Showtime series Dead Like Me. If he's lucky, demons won't come after his soul in the middle of his Beaumont Club performance, like they did on that show.
Gavin DeGraw sets up winter headlining tour
Singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw continues to support his debut album, "Chariot," with a round of early 2005 headlining shows.
The outing kicks off with back-to-back performances at the Chicago House of Blues on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Subsequent dates stretch into late January.
DeGraw will have a chance to warm up for the run by playing a handful of holiday-themed radio station festivals this month. Details are shown in the tour itinerary below.
Originally issued last year, DeGraw's "Chariot" was re-released in July. The new version includes a bonus acoustic CD, titled "Stripped," that houses re-recorded versions of all of the cuts on "Chariot." More information about the bonus disc, including streaming audio of several tracks, is posted at DeGraw's website.
"Chariot," which debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Heatseeker's chart last year, features "I Don't Want to Be," which is currently a No. 2 hit at Top 40 radio, according to J Records. The track is the theme song for the WB series "One Tree Hill."
Air Ball by Gavin DeGraw
He's that rare kid who grew up a Boston Celtics fan in New York, so it'll be a special treat for singer Gavin DeGraw to perform after the Green's game Jan. 14 at the FleetCenter. "I actually don't know how this transpired, but it's cool," said DeGraw, whose soulful debut disc, "Chariot," recently went gold. (Tix for the gig are available now at www.celtics.com.) The concert marks the second time in a year that DeGraw has worked with the C's. In October, he was the headliner at Walter McCarty's first (of what he hopes will become an annual) "I Love Music Foundation" benefit concert. "That guy can sing. He's great," DeGraw said of the Celtics forward. Yes, but can DeGraw play basketball? "Nah," he said. "I'd be better off blindfolded."
Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw will play a free postgame concert at the FleetCenter, Boston, on Jan. 14, following the Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks matchup. DeGraw, best known for his hit single ``I Don't Want To Be,'' kicks off a series of Celtics-sponsored postgame performances.
Strong lineup rocks Science Museum as DeGraw led the squeals
Mention the name Gavin DeGraw to a roomful of adults and a smattering might know it. Mention the name to a roomful of teenagers and cover your ears and run. Quickly. Before the shrill, piercing sounds of "Gaaaaaaaviiiiiiiinnnnnnn . . . squeal, squeal, squeal . . . Gaaaaaavin" catches up with you.
DeGraw wasn't the headliner at WRVQ's (94.5 FM) "A Q Stic Christmas" concert Tuesday. That honor went to those silly punk-poppers in Bowling For Soup. Nor was DeGraw the most critically acclaimed name on the bill. The just-nominated-for-three-Grammys Joss Stone claimed that title. But there was little doubt who owned the night.
Don't get the wrong impression, though. DeGraw is no teeny-bopper. Like John Mayer and Jason Mraz, the twentysomething DeGraw is a multitalented musician who deftly moved between piano (electric, on this night) and guitar, singing his mature pop-rock in a voice gritty enough to suggest he passed boyhood many, many years ago. Perhaps the bulk of the 14-year-old girls in the audience were equally enamored with DeGraw's doe eyes and tight T-shirt, but they also knew every lyric to every song performed from his debut album, "Chariot."
The excitable, but well-behaved females in the crowd of 1,000 inched closer and closer to the stage after being told to stay in their seats until it became apparent that no security guard was going to keep them from touching the frayed cuffs of DeGraw's jeans as he soared through the flexible groove of "Follow Through" and strapped on an electric guitar for "Overrated."
His radio hit, "I Don't Want To Be" (also the theme of the WB's "One Tree Hill") was a highlight for younger fans, but the scores of parents in the audience had to be impressed with DeGraw's falsetto scatting during a segue into "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "Proud Mary."
After exiting the stage, DeGraw pronounced to no one in particular, "I need to take a shower," stripped off his shirt and headed for the tour bus, only to emerge 20 minutes later to sign autographs and pose for snapshots for more than an hour.
Before DeGraw's performance, the young Skye Sweetnam opened the four-hour concert with a quick set that included the fiery "I Don't Care." In a short, pleated schoolgirl skirt, Sweetnam punched the air and scrunched up her face to prove that she wasn't pulling an Ashlee Simpson. But while she has some lungs, she isn't quite sure how to control her vocal power or overdramatic poses yet.
On the other hand, it was refreshing to see a pop radio station concert whose lineup consisted completely of real singers with full bands, unlike the "track acts" that typically pervade these things.