Gavin Shane DeGraw (born February 4, 1977) is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is known for his songs "Chariot", "Follow Through", "I Don't Want to Be" (which is the theme song for the television drama series One Tree Hill), "In Love with a Girl", "Not Over You", "Soldier", and the title track to his latest record, "Sweeter". DeGraw had sold more than a million records in the US. DeGraw grew up in the Catskills in South Fallsburg, New York. His mother, Lynne (née Krieger), was a detox specialist, and his father, Wayne DeGraw, was a prison guard; he referenced his father's and mother's occupations in the song "I Don't Want to Be". His father is of Irish descent and his mother's family is of Russian Jewish ancestry. DeGraw began singing and playing piano at the age of eight. He also has two older siblings, sister Neeka and brother Joey (born August 1973). It was at his brother's advice that he began writing his own songs. Joey DeGraw is also a musician.
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