Gavin Degraw Releases New Single “Face The River”

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Multi-platinum recording artist Gavin Degraw has released his highly personal new single “Face The River,” which is the title tune from his upcoming album, which will be released on May 20 via RCA Records. DeGraw’s peculiar intonation quivers above minimalist piano on the tune, which he wrote, before the organ-laden beat simmers. As he croons, this slow-burn song catches fire on a magnificent hook. “”Try to face the river, I’m not allowed to cross.”

Listen to the single here and pre-save/order the album here.

“This album is dedicated to my parents,” Gavin shares, “They were my heroes. It was their love story, their sacrifices, and their guidance that shaped this music.”

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Along with the release of the new single and album, DeGraw has also released the official music video for the song and the first episode of his new documentary series, “Face The River,” which will premiere exclusively on Facebook today. Each episode follows Gavin as he travels throughout America, grappling with the unresolved pain that comes with the untimely death of both parents. Watch the first episode on Gavin’s Facebook page here. The series will feature six episodes in addition to three live performance videos.

Gavin first announced the new track and album on social media yesterday, and the release comes just days before his Full Circle Tour kicks off at The Venetian in Las Vegas on Saturday. The Full Circle Tour will take Gavin back to some of the small clubs where he began his career for the first look at his upcoming album Face the River in its entirety, and will include over 20 dates of intimate events. DeGraw will also perform in Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, Nashville, Boston, and New York City as part of the tour. Many dates are sold out but limited tickets for select dates are available at

About Gavin DeGraw: 

Gavin DeGraw’s distinctive voice and lyrical approach erupted boldly on his platinum-certified full-length debut, Chariot, in 2003, earning him a GRAMMY® Award nomination. It featured the platinum successes “Chariot” and “I Don’t Want To Be,” as well as the gold single “Follow Through.” Gavin DeGraw, his self-titled second album, debuted in the Billboard Top 10 in 2008, owing to the platinum-selling hit “In Love With a Girl.” Sweeter, a gold-certified album released in 2011, saw him return to the Top 10 when the single “Not Over You” was certified four times platinum.

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Meanwhile, Gavin DeGraw’s 2013 duet “We Both Know” with Colbie Caillat earned him a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Safe Haven in the category of “Best Song Written For Visual Media.” He’s a rare performer that could perform alongside Billy Joel and The Allman Brothers, or Maroon 5 and Shania Twain, without feeling out of place. Something Worth Saving received positive reviews from USA Today, Billboard, Entertainment Tonight, and The Huffington Post in 2016.

Gavin DeGraw recounts his most memorable memories and vital lessons on his seventh full-length album, Face The River [RCA Records], with a front-row ticket to this beautifully chaotic little existence led by his late parents Lynne and John Wayne. Now, he’s putting together a timeless story of his own, with a signature combination of pop, soul, country, folk, and funk as the soundtrack.

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