February 24th, 2014
Gavin Shane DeGraw was born in South Fallsburg New
York on February 4th, 1977. He is currently 37 years old.
Gavin is best known for his piano and guitar skills, as
well as his original song “I Don’t Want To Be” which was
the One Tree Hill theme song for it’s nine seasons.
Gavin’s other hits include, Not Over you, Soldier,
Sweeter, Best I ever Had, Make a Move, Follow Through
Gavins albums are
Chariot: July 22th, 2003
Gavin DeGraw: May 6th, 2008
Free: March 31st, 2009
Sweeter: September 20th, 2011
Make a Move: October 15th, 2013
In his hit song I don’t wanna be he describes his life in the
opening verse “I don’t need to be anything other than a
prison guard’s son” His father Wayne DeGraw is a prison
guard to this day.
He then says “I don’t need to be anything other than a
specialists son” His mother Lynne is a detox specialist.
Joey DeGraw is Gavin’s older brother who is also a recording
artist. Neeka is Gavin’s older sister; she is not in the music
Chariot was Gavin’s debut album from 2003, where he sold over a million album copies
and earned a platinum certificate
Chariot, I don’t Want to be, Best I ever Had, and Soldier all have been performed several
times on shows like The Voice, American Idol, X Factor, Idol Sweden, and X Factor U.K.
Gavin DeGraw was paired up with Karina Smirnoff on the 14th season of Dancing with
the Stars (2012). They got 9th place
One of Gavin’s most memorable quotes is “My favourite colour is green, but oddly, my
favourite season is fall, where that colour disappears”
Gavin’s first professional and first paid show was when he was 15 years old
More fun facts
Gavin’s prized possession is his 1974 shelby mustang
Gavin is rumoured to be “dating” fellow recording artist and
touring member Colbie Callait; their song We Both Know
was nominated for a grammy this year
Gavin DeGraw is very involved with his social media followers as he is always
tweeting, following his followers, promoting his current North American “Make a
Move” tour, and by promoting himself by being a nice guy!
He’s even private messaged me 3 times on twitter as I’ve gone to every concert of
his and tweeted to him and about him!
Gavin has a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube/ Vevo, Myspace, personal
website, and has more than 1 million followers
Gavin DeGraw has approximately 100,000 Vevo/Youtube
Followers, and he has uploaded around 100 videos of his
tour, music videos, set production of music videos, any of his
live appearances such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellen
DeGeneres Show, etc...
Gavin DeGraw has his own Soundcloud page where many
people post remix’s or their own acoustic version of his
Currently, Gavin has many versions of his song Best I Ever
Had, as this was the first single he dropped off his album
Make A Move.
Gavin DeGraw has 60,000 + Instagram followers
He posts these pictures personally, usually accompanied by
a funny comment or two :)
Although that isn’t as many likes as many other popular
recording artists; most of his posts get 50,000 likes
Gavin has 750,000 Facebook Followers, and posts on a regular basis, as he
loves staying in contact and updating his fans
His photo section consists of tour pictures, pictures of him and his idols
(Billy Joel, Daryl Hall from Hall and Oates)
Gavin’s twitter is his most popular fan base because of the
amount of followers he has! Gavin is very personable on
twitter as well, as he private messages people (ME BEING
ONE OF THEM :D), he tweets to people that tweet to him
first, and he follows many of his fans (ME TOO) to keep in
connection with his fan base!
As you can see, on Gavin DeGraw’s personal website he has
tabs such as “News, Music, Photos, Videos, Shows, Fan Club,
Gavin himself, Merchandise Shop, and subscribe”
The subscribe tab is where most of his social media websites
and user handles are for people to follow him!
Since I am not in the “fan club” I do not have access to the
website; but it costs $9.95 a month for a basic membership,
and $29.95 for the ultimate fan membership
Debra eckerling’s 5 social
Find your audience: Yes I do think that Gavin knows who his audience; since his music is
alternative, it is a genre of music that basically anyone can listen to.
Post Meaningful/ Sharable content: Gavin usually posts about his touring life or about making
music, so yes that is meaningful to him so it should be meaningful to his audience
Engage Fans: As I’ve mentioned, Gavin is really interactive with his fans with twitter, instagram,
and Facebook. He loves posting and updating his fans about his musical life. Gavin keeps his
personal life to himself and doesn’t really post about it; some fans would like to know about his
personal life so that might disengage some fans from his social media sites.
Hand Out Swag/ Put up flyers: I do not live in New York City where Gavin lives, so I have never
seen any flyers. I do see promotions for when he comes to Toronto, or Buffalo as those are the
venue areas I have seen Gavin in concert. I do think that this is effective because I always want to
go back to see him as he is a very entertaining artist!
Post Constantly: Gavin tweets many times a day! I always see him on my timeline either tweeting
about life, or tweeting about his current Make A Move Tour!
Hope you enjoyed my Gavin DeGraw slideshow! If you ever
want to check out his work go to his youtube page, Facebook
page, or google him; a lot of information and videos come up