When a show is upgraded venues due to popularity, it’s usually a good indication of a show you don’t want to miss. Gavin DeGraw was no exception. In fact, he brought more than we asked for. I’m still Not Over Your show, Gavin DeGraw.
The American singer-songwriter who is most famous for his hit “I Don’t Want To Be” becoming the theme song of One Tree Hill, played Tuesday night for a packed room at MTELUS. Currently on his RAW tour supporting his 2016 album Something Worth Saving, DeGraw brought not only his incredible voice and tracks, but some good jokes, reminiscent stories and an incredibly humbling charm. Starting out the show with “Chariot” and closing with “I Don’t Want To Be” the two-hour set featured all his biggest hits, a few covers and a 3-song encore. In between songs, he joked about his teenage years as a less-than-talented artists, his fear in putting out his second album (because “most second albums are bad”) and how single people always cheer louder at concerts because couples aren’t always both attending willingly. But the moments weren’t always laughs and singing as DeGraw started tearing up before the last song, thanking the audience again for being one of the Best He Ever Had of the year and dedicating the final song to his mom who passed earlier this year. The crowd sang with him once more to close out the evening.
DeGraw has found much success since putting out his first album in 2003, understandably, much in thanks to One Tree Hill. But his talent and music didn’t die with the drama series. His ability to write numerous hits, draw a substantial crowd years after any massive radio songs and stay humble through it all makes his career one a crowd is excited to support. His versatility (country, rock and dance songs in one evening!), stage presence and power vocals were all on display at his show and we can only hope the artist continues to bring music for his fans for years to come.
In Love With A Girl
Kite Like Girl
Best I Ever Had
Run Every Time
I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty Cover)
Lover Be Strong
Something Worth Saving
Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney Cover)
More Than Anyone
Change Gonna Come (Sam Cooke Cover)
Hallelujah, I Love Her (Ray Charles Cover)
City On Fire
Not Over You
I Don’t Wanna Be