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- This page is dedicated to Gavin DeGraw - singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. He tours small and large venues throughout the US and Europe.Gavin's big break came when "I Don't Wanna Be" was chosen as theme song for One Tree Hill series.His song "We Belong Together" has been featured in the 2006 movie Tristan and Isolde. His debut album "Chariot" was sold in million copies.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GAVIN DEGRAW TO RELEASE NEW COLLECTION OF SONGS, FREE, ON MARCH 31st, 2009 ON J RECORDS
FREE FOLLOWS ON THE HEELS OF PLATINUM SINGER AND SONGWRITER’S SELF-TITLED 2008 TOP 10 ALBUM
DEGRAW HITS THE ROAD FOR “WHERE IT BEGAN” TOUR ON MARCH 27TH
(February 17, 2009 - New York, NY) — On March 31st, 2009, J Records’ platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw will release a new collection of songs, entitled FREE — a raw, organic-sounding recording that showcases DeGraw’s earthy charm and ever-evolving songwriting talent.
“My intention on FREE was to stay out of the way of the songs,” DeGraw says. “We kept the production very minimal in order to get everything that lies between me and the audience out of the way. By removing all the bells and whistles, you really make room for someone to pay attention to the songwriting.” As a result, DeGraw’s freewheeling melodies, heartfelt lyrics and soulful, blues-tinged vocal performances are front and center, creating an intimate experience for listeners.
Performed by a crack band that includes guitarist Audley Freed (Black Crowes), bassist Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule), drummer Charley Drayton (Keith Richards' X-Pensive Winos), and keyboardist George Laks (Lenny Kravitz), FREE, the 10-song set ranges from new songs that were completed in the studio, such as “Stay” and “Mountains to Move,” to tunes that DeGraw wrote very early in his career that have evolved with him, like “Dancing Shoes” and “Glass.” “Those are songs only my die-hard fans would know,” he says. “I wanted to properly record them because they’re special to my fans.” There’s also a cover of Chris Whitley’s “Indian Summer,” a powerful number that DeGraw includes on FREE as a way to draw attention to one of his favorite artists. “I wanted to expose Chris’ music to my fans,” DeGraw says.
To keep himself from over-thinking the songs, DeGraw recorded FREE in less than two weeks at the Brooklyn studio of his producer Camus Celli, who has worked with such artists as Tina Turner, David Byrne, and Arto Lindsay. DeGraw and Celli have known each other since working together on an early version of DeGraw’s platinum-selling 2003 major-label debut CHARIOT. “I’ve been in the studio with several different producers so I already knew what I wanted,” DeGraw says. “This was my opportunity to be involved in the production, and I knew Camus could get the sounds I was going for.”
The trust he had in Celli and the collaborative spirit of their partnership freed DeGraw up to dig deep and tap into something he says he hadn’t tapped into for a while. “This album reveals the honesty about my love of music,” he says. “It isn’t about the biggest, the strongest, or the loudest. It’s about simplicity in its purest form. It doesn’t sound like the big machine. It sounds like where you go to escape the big machine.”
In keeping with the stripped-down feel of FREE, DeGraw will hit the road on March 27th for an extensive spring tour he has dubbed his “Where It Began” tour, in which audiences will be taken on a musical journey back to DeGraw’s roots for a series of intimate full band and solo performances. “We’ll take a similar approach to the live shows as we did on the album,” he says. “This tour is all about creating that very close connection with the audience.”
FREE is the follow-up to DeGraw’s self-titled 2008 album GAVIN DEGRAW, which debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart last May, earning DeGraw his first Top 10 album. GAVIN DEGRAW spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.”
Gavin DeGraw’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:
3/27 Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
3/28 Seattle, WA, The Tractor
3/31 San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
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04 Nov 2008 Oslo NO Sentrum
05 Nov 2008 Copenhagen DK National Store Vega
06 Nov 2008 Aarhus DK Train
08 Nov 2008 Ghent BE Hanfelsbreur
10 Nov 2008 Amsterdam NL Heineken Music Hall
11 Nov 2008 Zurich CH Kaufleuten
12 Nov 2008 Milan IT Alkatraz
13 Nov 2008 Munich DE Ampere
15 Nov 2008 Paris FR Café de la Danse 17 Nov 2008 London GB Astoria
18 Nov 2008 London GB Astoria
19 Nov 2008 Manchester GB Academy 2 20 Nov 2008 Copenhagen DK TV
21 Nov 2008 Copenhagen DK TV
22 Nov 2008 Copenhagen DK TV
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For those of you who have been waiting for so long: Gavin is going back to Europe! check out the dates below:
May 28 2008 London, Great Britain Shepherds Bush
Jun 1 2008 Landgraaf, NL Pinkpop Festival
Jun 3 2008 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
Jun 4 2008 Stockholm, Sweden Berns
Jun 5 2008 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
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