By: Darby Radcliff
Gavin DeGraw, the talented pop-rock singer, songwriter, and musician, will be here at the University of Mississippi this week for a free concert sponsored by the Ole Miss Student Programming Board and the Department of Campus Programming.
The show will be held on Friday, April 20th at 8:30 p.m. on the Grove stage in ‘The Grove’ with opening act Craig Morgan, who is a well-known country singer with several chart-topping singles such as “That’s What I Love About Sundays" and “Bonfire."
Last spring’s free concert featured the Goo Goo Dolls, which drew a large crowd of students and faculty, so the Student Programming Board hopes to repeat last year's success with this year’s Gavin DeGraw concert.
Gavin DeGraw, who is beloved by his fans for his deep, soul vocals and charming, romantic melodies broke onto the mainstream music scene in 2003 with his debut album “Chariot,” which earned platinum certification, sold more than a million copies, and yielded three hit singles: “Follow Through,” “I Don’t Want To Be,” and the title-track, “Chariot.”
DeGraw followed up his very successful first album with his self-titled second album, “Gavin DeGraw,” which debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008. This second album also earned DeGraw his first Top 10 album and spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.”
After releasing 2009’s album called "Free," which was a gift to die-hard fans that contained recorded versions of his live favorites, DeGraw decided it was time to mix things up and take risks, so, his newest album "Sweeter," released on September 20th, 2011, contains more racy, provactive songs like the tracks “Sweeter” and “Radiation."
For this more sultry, funky record, DeGraw also experimented with new sounds and collaborated with a host of top-notch producers that he’d wanted to work with for a while, including the talented piano player and producer of OneRepublic named Ryan Tedder, Butch Walker, the producer for Weezer and Avril Lavigne, Eric Ross, the producer for Sara Bareilles and Tori Amos, and also, Ron Aniello, the producer for Barenaked Ladies and Matt Nathanson.
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