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Acclaimed Newcomer Gavin Degraw Ready to Debut Chariot Hits Stores July 22.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 15, 2003

Before now, the only claim to fame for the little Catskills town of South Fallsburg, N.Y. was a maximum security prison and infamous photographer Spencer Tunick. But on July 22, rising star Gavin DeGraw gets ready to make his hometown proud with the release of his debut album Chariot.

Chariot introduces the world to a vital singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist whose abundant talent and charisma are already well known to New York club-goers. The 11-song collection is a remarkably accomplished and compelling first effort, offering the same combination of raw emotion and eloquent songcraft that originally drew fans to the 26-year-old's live shows for the past few years. In a remarkably short time, DeGraw's effortlessly intimate, emotionally intense live performances have made him the toast of Manhattan's downtown music scene, building public anticipation for the release of his first studio album.

In the spring of 2002, following a sold-out showcase at New York's Joe's Pub, Gavin signed with J Records and began work on Chariot with producer Mark Endert whose extensive resume includes work with the likes of Fiona Apple, Tonic and Ours. Recorded far from DeGraw's East Village stomping grounds at Los Angeles' legendary Sunset Sound studio, the album finds Gavin fronting a solid, inventive studio band consisting of guitarist Michael Ward (Wallflowers, John Hiatt), drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and longtime DeGraw cohort Alvin Moody on bass.

Looking past the buzz and the critical acclaim that's currently swirling around him, the level-headed artist is keeping his eye squarely on the big picture.

"I'm not that interested in being liked for the wrong reasons," he states. "I'm more concerned with just getting something positive out there. And hopefully people will recognize that it's honest and respond to that, rather than feeling like it's something they've been told is supposed to be cool. I'd rather be judged by how it makes people feel when they hear it. Writing and playing songs and making a connection with people--those things make a lot more sense to me than trying to be the Next Big Thing."
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