Born on February 4th, 1977, Gavin DeGraw has made a name for himself thanks to the soaring success of the single, “I Don’t Want to Be” from his first album “Chariot” which went on to be the theme song for “One Tree Hill”. That early success launched him into fame which he has followed through with subsequent albums and chart successes. Gavin will be coming to the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls for two concerts this June. Learn more about this superstar musician and his upcoming Niagara Falls Concert.
Gavin DeGraw's Niagara Falls Concert
Gavin DeGraw's Musical Upbringing
Gavin grew up in South Fallsburg, New York the son of Wayne and Lynne DeGraw whose occupations of being a prison guard and detox specialists respectively were prominently mentioned in his hit single “I Don’t Want to Be”.
Music came early into his life as he began to sing and play the piano at the age of eight. His older siblings also demonstrated musical talent, but the idea of becoming famous was a remote one at the time. By the time Gavin was a teenager he was being influenced by recording artists like Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. He played in local groups in the Catskill Mountains and then moved to Boston where he attended Berklee College of Music for two semesters.
One Tree Hill & Stardom
In 1998, Gavin left school and went to New York to pursue his burgeoning musical career. It was a series of small successes that led him to getting a manager and record deal by end of 2001. In early 2002, Gavin started recording his first studio album, “Chariot” which was markedly different than his contemporaries who were making topical works. Gavin was more focused on creating a timeless quality which led to the single “I Don’t Want to Be”. When the song was picked up as the theme to “One Tree Hill”, it really opened the doors for Gavin whose debut album sold over a million copies. This song will surely be part of Gavin DeGraw's Niagara Falls concert set list.
In 2004, Gavin recorded an acoustic version called “Chariot Stripped” which contained a cover version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Going to Come”. The self-titled second album, “Gavin DeGraw” was released on May 6th, 2008 and featured the single “In Love with a Girl” as well as “Cheated on Me”. A live album titled, “Live from Soho” was released on November 7th of that year and managed to reach #7 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart.
On March 31st, 2009, Gavin’s third studio album, “Free” was released which was rather remarkable considering it took less than two weeks to record. It took longer to record his fourth album, “Sweeter” which was released on September 20th, 2011 and it included works with the assistance of other artists. “Not over You” was the first single released from the album and reached the top on the Adult Pop Songs list. Since then, Gavin has released his fifth album, “Make a Move” which came out on June 18th, 2013.
Gavin DeGraw Today
In addition to his music career, Gavin has made several appearances on different TV shows as an actor starting with “One Tree Hill”. Gavin’s everyman looks combined with his natural talent has allowed him to stretch his talents beyond music. Today, Gavin continues to play, record, and find acting gigs as he progresses in his career of making timeless music.
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