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Gavin DeGraw

Gavin DeGraw performing in Kansas City.
Background information
Birth name Gavin Shane DeGraw
Born February 4, 1977 (1977-02-04) (age 32)
Origin South Fallsburg, New York, United States.
Genres Pop rock, piano rock, blues, blue-eyed soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 2001-present
Labels J Records
Sony Music Entertainment
Website Official website

Gavin Shane DeGraw (born February 4, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is probably most well-known for his songs "Chariot", "I Don't Want to Be", which is featured as the theme song for the TV drama One Tree Hill, and "In Love with a Girl".

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Early life

DeGraw grew up in the Catskills, in South Fallsburg, New York. His father was a prison guard and his mother was a detox specialist, as mentioned in his song "I Don't Want to Be". DeGraw began singing and playing piano at the age of eight. He attended Berklee College of Music during the same year as artist John Mayer. He also has two siblings, both older, named Joey, and Neeka. It was at his brother's advice that he began writing his own songs.[1] Joey DeGraw currently provides guitar and backing vocals for Gavin's band, as well as performing and touring to promote his own music.

Career

Originally, DeGraw started in Manhattan clubs alongside local pianists Andrew West and Lenny Revell, drawing several of his home town fans. He got his big break when "I Don't Want to Be" was chosen as the theme song for the teen drama One Tree Hill. The song has also been performed on American Idol, Australian Idol, Canadian Idol and Idol (Norway and Sweden) by various contestants during different seasons. Two of DeGraw's other songs, "Follow Through" and "Chariot," have also achieved popularity and radio play. His song "We Belong Together" was also featured in the 2006 film Tristan and Isolde. In 2004, DeGraw released an acoustic version of his album Chariot called Chariot Stripped. DeGraw and his band recorded the album live in the studio, in only one take on the vocals, seeking an intimate effect.

Since 2004, his profile has grown, bringing him to other states as he tours the country. He made his television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly. DeGraw has also appeared on television shows such as The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Late Show With David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Live with Regis and Kelly. Recently, he has been seen in cameos on Dead Like Me, What I Like About You, and American Dreams. He also appeared in One Tree Hill, singing "I Don't Want to Be" and "Chariot" at Karen's Cafe. DeGraw has released a number of music videos as well, including "I Don't Want to Be", "Follow Through" and "Chariot". The latter was directed by Zach Braff, who also directed music videos for Joshua Radin.

His brother Joey is also a recording artist who played guitar and sung with him on his tour to promote his album Chariot. DeGraw toured with such acts as Sister Hazel, Barenaked Ladies, Howie Day, Michael Tolcher, Butterfly Boucher, The Allman Brothers Band, Marc Broussard, Saving Jane, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5.

He and his brother opened The National Underground in December 2007, a New York City music venue that is a roots rock Americana music bar located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, at 159 East Houston Street between Allen Street and Eldridge Street.[2] The venue offers music, food, and drink.[3][4][5] The idea for the venue came about because the brothers wanted a place where they could hang out on a regular basis, and where other musicians could come in and listen and learn.[6] "We were picky about the quality of musicians that played there," Gavin DeGraw says. "We wanted a place where the players were so good, other musicians were like, 'Wow! I really respect what they're doing.'"[7]

According to DeGraw's official site, he returned to the studio on September 1, 2006 to begin recording his next album. Gavin DeGraw was released on May 6, 2008, peaking at #7 on the US Billboard Chart. The first single, "In Love with a Girl" was released on February 5th, 2008. The second U.S. single "Cheated On Me" was released in September 2008, while the rest of the world saw the release of "She Holds a Key". The worldwide third single is "I Have You to Thank".

Gavin Degraw's third album, Free was released March 31st, 2009. DeGraw made FREE in less than two weeks at the Brooklyn studio of his producer Camus Celli. The first single, "Stay", was released through DeGraw's website on March 11th.

DeGraw's song "Follow Through" (from his 2003 album release 'Chariot'), is featured on an advert for Carte D'or ice cream.

Gavin's song "More Than Anyone" (also from the album 'Chariot'), was featured on an episode of the television series What I Like About You.

Discography

Albums

Year Title Peak chart positions
U.S. NED NOR SWE ITA SWI DEN
2001
Gavin Live (indie release)
2003
Chariot
103
6
43
48
1
2004
Chariot (Stripped)
56
2
21
2008
Gavin DeGraw
7
8
35
13
44
23
3
2008
iTunes: Live from Soho (EP)
167
2009
Free
19
76
96
29

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Pop 100 US Adult UK IRE AUS NZ NET ITA NOR SWE
2003 "Follow Through"
27
Chariot
2004 "I Don't Want to Be"
10
3
9
32
25
19
30
9
6
15
2005 "Chariot"
30
21
5
114
12
27
19
"Follow Through" [re-release]
111[8]
52
22
13
12
2006 "Just Friends"
21
"We Belong Together"
26[9]
Gavin DeGraw
2008 "In Love with a Girl"
24
20
5
22
41
"She Holds a Key"
29
"Cheated on Me"
30
2009 "I Have You to Thank"
"Stay" *
Free

*: Current single

Compilations

  • "We Are the Champions", from the album Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (2005)
  • "Jealous Guy", from the album One Tree Hill, Vol. 2: Friends with Benefit (2006)
  • "Follow Through", from the album "Bath and Body Works, PS: I Love You" (2009)

Awards and nominations

Year Award
2005 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Soundtrack Single of the Year ("I Don't Want to Be")
2005 Radio Music Award nomination for Song of the Year/Mainstream Top 40 Radio ("I Don't Want to Be")

References

External links


Simple English

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Gavin Degraw

Gavin DeGraw (b. February, 1977) is an American rock singer-songwriter. He has released major singles like "I Don't Wanna Be", "Chariot", and "In Love With A Girl". He has released 2 studio albums, and 1 live indie release album.

Discography

Singles

  • "I Don't Wanna Be" (from the album Chariot) (2004)
  • "Chariot" (from the album Chariot) (2005)
  • "Follow Through" (from the album Chariot) (2005)
  • "We Belong Together" (from the album Chariot) (2006)
  • "In Love With A Girl" (from the album Gavin DeGraw)
  • "Next to Me" (from the album Gavin DeGraw (album))

Albums

  • "Chariot" (2004)
  • "Gavin DeGraw" (2008)

Other songs

  • "Just Friends" (from the album Chariot)
  • "(Nice to Meet You) Anyway" (from the album Chariot)
  • "Belief" (from the album Chariot)
  • "Over-Rated" (from the album Chariot)







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