Pop/rock singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. DeGraw discussed the artists who have influenced his songwriting and hearing his music for the first time on radio, and working with outside collaborators on his new album Make A Move, among other topics. DeGraw's set featured his latest single, "Best I Ever Had," and the hits "Not Over You" and "I Don't Want To Be."
"I feel as though my career changed instantly when I opened up my mind up to working with other people," said DeGraw on collaborating with other songwriters on his new album. "It changed my whole perspective."
DeGraw's foray into music started at age 8 in South Fallsburg, N.Y., where he began playing piano and singing in cover bands with his older brother Joey. After a brief stint at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2002, DeGraw landed a deal with Clive Davis' J Records. In 2003 DeGraw released his debut studio album, Chariot, featuring the Top 10 hit "I Don't Want To Be." In 2008 he followed with his self-titled sophomore set, which landed at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with the hit "In Love With A Girl." After releasing 2009's Free, which peaked at No. 19, DeGraw experimented with new sounds on 2011's Sweeter. Co-produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Ryan Tedder (Adele) of OneRepublic, Sweeter reached No. 8 and featured the Top 20 hit "Not Over You."
DeGraw's fifth studio album, Make A Move, is set for release on Oct. 15. The album's lead single, "Best I Ever Had," landed at No. 28 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.