By Phyllis Pollack
Platinum-selling singer, songwriter and musician Gavin DeGraw will release a new album, entitled ‘Sweeter,’ on J Records on August 9th, 2011. DeGraw wrote the album’s first single, “Not Over You,” with Grammy-winning OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who also produced the track. The song will premiere today on May 16th, 2010 on AOL Music. Radio. Radio airplay will impact on June 6th. The single will be available for purchase through iTunes and all other digital providers on June 7th.
Tedder also co-wrote British singer Adele’s Billboard charting hit “Turning Tables” from her current smash album ’21.’
DeGraw and Tedder initially met when they performed on the same concert bill. The two keyboard players decided to write compositions together. “Not Over You,” about the pain of healing from a lost love, is one of two songs Gavin co-wrote with Ryan for the upcoming album. The track was recorded in several locations, including Ryan’s studio in Denver, Blackbird Studio in Nashville, producer Butch Walker’s space in Venice, CA (where Bob Dylan recorded some tracks in the ’70s), and the legendary Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. Henson was formerly A&M Studios, where classic albums were recorded, including four-time Grammy Award winner Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ and the late John Lennon’s ‘Rock & Roll.’ The studio was initally constructed by the late actor, composer and comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1917.
The single’s lyrics include, “If you ask me how I’m doing, I would say I’m doing just fine. I would like and say that you’re never on my mind.”
Among other tracks on the upcoming album, it will also feature”Radiation,” “Solider,” “You Know Where I’m At,” and the R&B-infused title track “Sweeter.”
“The question for me became, ‘How do you expose your vulnerability without seeming like somebody who gets kicked around, and at the same time, describe your ability to get past something without sounding cocky,” Gavin says. “That’s always tricky, because you know you’re being judged on the lyrics and they’re all very personal.”
Gavin decided that his best strategy was to ignore any pre-conceived notions from fans and focus on the songs, working with co-writers for the first time as a way to broaden his horizons, such as Ryan Tedder, who also co-wrote and produced “Sweeter,” and Andrew Frampton (The Script, Natasha Bedingfield). He also worked with a host of top-notch producers including Butch Walker (Weezer, Avril Lavigne), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos), and Ron Aniello (Barenaked Ladies, Matt Nathanson).
“Co-writing with other people changed everything for me,” Gavin says. “Not only did it open my mind to new ideas, but it changed the way I wrote on my own. Playing all these different styles with other musicians led me to think about things differently when I was working by myself. I was able to tap into things I do live, dabbling with some of that late ’60s, early ’70s R&B stuff; I was able to record all the styles of music that I like and put them on one album. It was great to take my leash off and experiment. Although it doesn’t stray too far from what I’ve done, I think it’s the first album I’ve made that has caught my true sound.”
Gavin first broke through with the 2003 release of his platinum-selling debut album,’ Chariot,’ which resulted in three hit singles, “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s eponymous second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, becoming Gavin’s first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released ‘Free,’ featuring recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites. CONTINUE READING THIS STORY BELOW THIS ADVERTISEMENT.
Gavin has appeared many times on television shows, including ‘The Late Show with David Letterman,’ ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’, ‘Live with Regis & Kelly’ and ‘Good Morning America.’
Gavin will hit the road in July with Train and Maroon 5 for an extensive North American tour this summer. Please see below for all of his upcoming confirmed tour dates.
Please visit www.gavindegraw.com for new music and more.
06/02 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor*
06/18 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Live*
06/24 Las Vegas, NV Red Rock Resort*
07/15 Kansas City, MO Power & Light District Outdoor Stage*
07/16 St. Louis, MO Celebrate St. Louis Concert Series*
07/17 Springfield, MO The Gillioz Theatre*
07/22 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
07/23 Paso Robles, CA California Mid-State Fair
07/25 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
07/27 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino
07/28 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/31 Mount Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
08/02 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/03 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live @ Virginia Beach
08/05 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/07 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood
08/09 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/12 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/13 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
08/14 Bethlehem, PA Muzikfest +
08/15 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Pavilion/Stadium
08/17 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
08/18 Indianapolis, IN Indiana State Fair
08/19 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair Grandstands
08/20 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavillion +
08/21 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/22 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheater
08/25 Syracuse, NY New York State Fair
08/26 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
*denotes Gavin DeGraw headlining show
+ Maroon 5 will not be on this date.