- 12 March 2009
Photo Courtesy The UN Foundation
Singer and ‘Trust Me’ actor partner with Nothing But Nets to deliver bed nets to refugee camp in Uganda
WASHINGTON, DC (March 11, 2009) - The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, a global, grassroots initiative to prevent malaria, is teaming up with Platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw and television star Tom Cavanagh for a goodwill mission to provide long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to the Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda, where more than 40,000 refugees are currently settled. DeGraw and Cavanagh will visit the camp and distribute nets along with the representatives from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) from March 8-13.
“I am really looking forward to this trip,” said DeGraw. “After being driven from their homes due to violent conflict, millions of refugees in Africa now face another harrowing threat, malaria. These bed nets can help stop the suffering faced by so many.”
Over 630,000 African refugees have been displaced due to the spreading crisis in Darfur and other regional crises. As the next rainy season approaches, those living in refugee camps – the majority of whom are women and children – are now threatened by malaria.
“Malaria is the number one killer of refugees in Africa,” said Cavanagh. “I am proud that Gavin and I are able to bring attention to a simple remedy – a $10 bed net – to this devastating problem.”
UNHCR has recognized an immediate and urgent need for 275,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets for refugees living in 27 refugee camps in Uganda, Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania, where the malaria burden is highest among African camps.
"Refugees in these camps have survived losing their homes, violence and genocide - they should not then die of a mosquito bite," said Nothing But Nets Executive Director Elizabeth Gore. "We are excited about the commitments by our Champions - Gavin and Tom - to bring attention to the very real threat of malaria in refugee camps. We know Gavin and Tom's supporters will provide funds to provide life-saving bed nets."
The UN Foundation, through Nothing But Nets, has organized a coordinated response to the situation, and is engaging everyone from the UN to the NBA and the Union for Reform Judaism to people in towns across America to raise the funds necessary to provide these life-saving bed nets. A life-saving bed net costs $10 to purchase, distribute and educate families on its use. One bed net can protect a family of four. To send a net and save a life, visit www.NothingButNets.net.
About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, tens of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, the people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.
Visit www.NothingButNets.net for additional information, stories, and photos from the trip. High quality video footage and photographs are available upon request.
- 4 March 2009
This Saturday, Gavin will be departing for Uganda to spend a week going to refuge camps to hand deliver the Malaria bed nets to those in need! Please stay tuned for pictures, videos, and very special blogs directly from each camp that he visits!
- 2 March 2009
Due to overwhelming response, we have decided to extend the Fan Club ticketing offer of great seats and M&G passes! Now until Sunday, just go to www.gdgfanclub.com to purchase your tickets and automatically be entered into the drawing for M&G passes at your show!
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- 26 February 2009
Feb. 24, 2009 - Nashville will have its share of bleary-eyed office workers Tuesday, thanks to a PBS taping of its "Legends & Lyrics" series that started nearly two hours late and ran past midnight. All the tickets for Dwight Yoakam and pop stars Gavin DeGraw and Amy Lee, of Evanescence, had been claimed well in advance...
- 17 February 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GAVIN DEGRAW TO RELEASE NEW COLLECTION OF SONGS, FREE, ON MARCH 31st, 2009 ON J RECORDS
FREE FOLLOWS ON THE HEELS OF PLATINUM SINGER AND SONGWRITER’S SELF-TITLED 2008 TOP 10 ALBUM
DEGRAW HITS THE ROAD FOR “WHERE IT BEGAN” TOUR ON MARCH 27TH
(February 17, 2009 - New York, NY) — On March 31st, 2009, J Records’ platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw will release a new collection of songs, entitled FREE — a raw, organic-sounding recording that showcases DeGraw’s earthy charm and ever-evolving songwriting talent.
“My intention on FREE was to stay out of the way of the songs,” DeGraw says. “We kept the production very minimal in order to get everything that lies between me and the audience out of the way. By removing all the bells and whistles, you really make room for someone to pay attention to the songwriting.” As a result, DeGraw’s freewheeling melodies, heartfelt lyrics and soulful, blues-tinged vocal performances are front and center, creating an intimate experience for listeners.
Performed by a crack band that includes guitarist Audley Freed (Black Crowes), bassist Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule), drummer Charley Drayton (Keith Richards' X-Pensive Winos), and keyboardist George Laks (Lenny Kravitz), FREE, the 10-song set ranges from new songs that were completed in the studio, such as “Stay” and “Mountains to Move,” to tunes that DeGraw wrote very early in his career that have evolved with him, like “Dancing Shoes” and “Glass.” “Those are songs only my die-hard fans would know,” he says. “I wanted to properly record them because they’re special to my fans.” There’s also a cover of Chris Whitley’s “Indian Summer,” a powerful number that DeGraw includes on FREE as a way to draw attention to one of his favorite artists. “I wanted to expose Chris’ music to my fans,” DeGraw says.
To keep himself from over-thinking the songs, DeGraw recorded FREE in less than two weeks at the Brooklyn studio of his producer Camus Celli, who has worked with such artists as Tina Turner, David Byrne, and Arto Lindsay. DeGraw and Celli have known each other since working together on an early version of DeGraw’s platinum-selling 2003 major-label debut CHARIOT. “I’ve been in the studio with several different producers so I already knew what I wanted,” DeGraw says. “This was my opportunity to be involved in the production, and I knew Camus could get the sounds I was going for.”
The trust he had in Celli and the collaborative spirit of their partnership freed DeGraw up to dig deep and tap into something he says he hadn’t tapped into for a while. “This album reveals the honesty about my love of music,” he says. “It isn’t about the biggest, the strongest, or the loudest. It’s about simplicity in its purest form. It doesn’t sound like the big machine. It sounds like where you go to escape the big machine.”
In keeping with the stripped-down feel of FREE, DeGraw will hit the road on March 27th for an extensive spring tour he has dubbed his “Where It Began” tour, in which audiences will be taken on a musical journey back to DeGraw’s roots for a series of intimate full band and solo performances. “We’ll take a similar approach to the live shows as we did on the album,” he says. “This tour is all about creating that very close connection with the audience.”
FREE is the follow-up to DeGraw’s self-titled 2008 album GAVIN DEGRAW, which debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart last May, earning DeGraw his first Top 10 album. GAVIN DEGRAW spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.”
Gavin DeGraw’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:
3/27 Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
3/28 Seattle, WA, The Tractor
3/31 San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
4/01 Los Angeles, CA, El Rey
4/02 San Diego, CA, Soma
4/04 Detroit, MI, Public Concert Stage
4/05 Scottsdale, AZ, Martini Ranch
4/06 Albuquerque, NM, Launchpad
4/08 Austin, TX, The Parish
4/09 Dallas, TX, The Loft
4/10 Houston, TX, House of Blues
4/11 Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
4/13 Columbia, MO, The Blue Note
4/15 Chicago, IL, Park West
4/16 Decatur, IL, Kirkland Fine Arts Center
4/17 Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
4/19 Manchester, NH, Southern New Hampshire University
4/20 New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
4/21 Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center
4/22 Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
4/24 Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
4/25 Reading, PA, Alvernia University
4/26 Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
4/28 Richmond, VA, The National
4/29 Knoxville, TN, The Square Room
5/01 Louisville, KY, Kentucky Derby Festival
5/03 Charlotte, NC, Neighborhood Theatre
5/04 Nashville, TN, Exit/In
5/05 Atlanta, GA, The Loft
5/07 Jacksonville, FL, Jack Rabbits
5/08 St. Petersburg, FL, State Theatre
- 16 February 2009
Check out this article about Gavin in Neon Limelight:
- 13 February 2009
Gavin Degraw announces The 'Where It Began" Spring 2009 Tour kicking off on Saturday, February 14 in New Orleans, LA!
The 'Where It Began' Spring 2009 Tour will be a unique and exciting concert experience. These shows will take Gavin's fans on a musical journey back to his roots by capturing Gavin's essence in very special intimate performances while showcasing Gavin's raw, honest style and purest feelings. Driven by his love for music and with a mission to return to that first love...("because it feels good"), Gavin invites audiences to join him on his 2009 Spring Tour. Both full band and solo performances can be anticipated promising audiences each night that they will clearly see and experience "Where It Began".
Saturday, February 14 - New Orleans, LA - Festival Plaza
Saturday, February 21 - Ft. Myers, FL - Fort Myers High School Stadium
Friday, March 27 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
Saturday, March 28 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor
Tuesday, March 31 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Wednesday, April 1 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
Thursday, April 2 - San Diego, CA - Soma
Sunday, April 5 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
Monday, April 6 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
Wednesday, April 8 - Austin, TX - The Parish
Thursday, April 9 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
Friday, April 10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues - Houston
Saturday, April 11 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Monday, April 13 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
Wednesday, April 15 - Chicago, IL - Park West
Thursday, April 16 - Decatur, IL - Kirkland Fine Arts Center at Millikin University
Friday, April 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sunday, April 19 - Manchester, NH - Southern New Hampshire University Fieldhouse
Monday, April 20 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
Tuesday, April 21 - Harrisburg, PA - Whitaker Center For Science and the Arts - Sunoco Performance Theater
Wednesday, April 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Friday, April 24 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Saturday, April 25 - Reading, PA - Alvernia University
Sunday, April 26 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
Tuesday, April 28 - Richmond, VA - The National
Wednesday, April 29 - Knoxville, TN - The Square Room
Friday, May 1 - Louisville, KY - Kentucky Derby Festival
Sunday, May 3 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
Monday, May 4 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
Tuesday, May 5 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
Thursday, May 7 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
Friday, May 8 - Saint Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
Thursday, May 14 - New York, NY - Cipriani - Wall Street
Friday, July 3 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
Saturday, July 4 - O’Fallon, MO - Heritage and Freedom Festival
- 12 February 2009
Check out this video: Gavin takes a break in the studio from recording to talk a little about the new album.
- 8 January 2009
Neon Limelight has listed their top 5 male vocalists for 2008 and Gavin came in at Number 1! Check it out here: