Multi-platinum selling Gavin DeGraw will bring his current tour with special guests Parachute and Rozzi Crane to the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center on Sunday, March 30. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (Dec. 6) at 10 a.m. at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.
Beloved by fans for his blue-eyed soul vocals, freewheeling melodies, and earthy charm, singer, songwriter and musician Gavin DeGraw has enjoyed success since breaking through in 2003 with his debut album, “Chariot,” which sold more than a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.”
DeGraw’s latest album, “Make A Move,” displays his vocal and artistic talent; his assured energy; and his sharp, detail-driven lyrics. The album’s debut single “Best I Ever Had,” while being DeGraw’s most up-beat anthem yet, is also a pointed social commentary on the information age. “Best I Ever Had” was co-written with Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls.
“Playing all these different styles with other musicians led me to think about things differently when I was working by myself,” DeGraw says of his collaborative work during the last few years. “It’s a clear evolution from what I’ve been doing. I’ve taken more risks, like learning the value of having space in the writing. Silence is louder than the highest note.”
The unbeatable blend of DeGraw’s clever songwriting and irresistible vocals make him a favorite across the globe, with die-hard fans following his work as it grows and evolves. His 2011 album “Sweeter” explored DeGraw’s more provocative side with the title track and “Radiation,” sensitive songs touching on the themes of infidelity and toxic lovers. DeGraw has toured with Maroon 5, Train and The Script, and also collaborated with Colbie Caillat.
Pop/rock, funk, and soul-influenced group Parachute will also perform. Their 2009 debut “Losing Sleep” featured the Top 15 single, “She is Love.” The group’s 2011 album “The Way It Was” included the No. 1 iTunes Rock Song “Kiss Me Slowly” (co-written with Lady Antebellum) and the Top 15 hit “Something to Believe In.” The band’s palette runs the range from old-school legends like Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen to more contemporary acts like U2, Coldplay, Weezer, Ben Folds, Maroon 5 and John Mayer. The band’s latest album is “Overnight” and features the single “Can’t Help.”
Rozzi Crane, the first artist signed for Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s 222 Records label, will open the Morgantown show. The singer is breaking out on her own with her much-awaited self-titled debut. Crane’s sensual voice suggests a deeper maturity than most brand-new stars, and is sure to grow with time and the tutelage of her peers. Starting out as a college singer who would “play anywhere they’d let me,” a series of music world flukes led Crane to a meeting with Adam Levine that resulted in her signing to his fledgling label and their dual contribution to “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, “Come Away to the Water.”
Tickets range from $34.75 to $60.75, depending on seat location and availability. WVU students get $10 off all seating levels with a valid WVU ID at the campus box offices (one discounted ticket per valid ID). Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.
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