Gustavus Just Got Even Sweeter

Posted on February 15th, 2012 by

Gustavus just got even Sweeter. Platinum recording artist and singer-songwriter, Gavin DeGraw, is coming to Gustavus!

The Campus Activities Board 2012 Big Concert is scheduled for Friday, April 13th. The concert is general admission and will be held in the Lund Arena with doors opening at 7:00pm, show starting at 8:00pm.

Gavin DeGraw is a New York native and has enjoyed success since breaking through in 2003 with his debut album, Chariot. This album sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” DeGraw’s second album, self-titled Gavin DeGraw, was released in May of 2008. Following two successful albums, DeGraw released his first single, “In Love with a Girl,” in February of 2008. His third album, Free, was released at the end of March, 2009. DeGraw made Free in less than two weeks at the Brooklyn studio of his producer, Camus Celli. DeGraw included songs on the album that he wrote early in his career and that have evolved over time: songs such as “Dancing Shoes” and “Glass.” DeGraw’s fourth and most recent album, Sweeter, was set to release in August of 2011, but got pushed back to September 20, 2011.

On DeGraw’s new album, he experimented with new sounds, thanks in part to collaborating with a host of top-notch producers he’d been wanting to work with for a while, including fellow groove-minded piano player One Republic’s Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Adele), Butch Walker (Weezer, Avril Lavigne), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos), and Ron Aniello (Barenaked Ladies, Matt Nathanson). “The creation of every song began with an interview to select the right producer,” DeGraw says. “It was like speed-dating. I’d play them the songs I was working on and ask which ones they liked the best, and then ask them to produce those they were most passionate about.”

On this album, DeGraw took another departure from his usual way of working, enlisting the help of co-writers for the first time. Ryan Tedder co-wrote and produced the album’s vigorous hit single “Not Over You” (a song about the struggle to let go of an old flame) and its title track “Sweeter.”

Sweeter finds DeGraw in a provocative mood, infusing several songs with a potent, swaggering strut on sexually charged songs. Two obvious examples include “Sweeter,” a song about wanting to hook up with another guy’s girl, and one of his favorite tracks “Radiation,” a song about knowing a lover is bad for you, but every now and then, you can’t resist making that late-night call. DeGraw reflects, “ [These] songs are designed to be fun while also being truthful.” That willingness to explore what’s meaningful to him and express it in a universal way is what has made DeGraw a compelling artist. He connects with listeners not only through his recordings, but also through his live appearances. DeGraw has toured the globe, performing sold-out headlining shows as well as festivals with a variety of artists. Around the release of Sweeter, Gavin hit the road with TRAIN and Maroon 5 for an extensive North American tour.

The Campus Activities Board couldn’t be more excited to be hosting Gavin DeGraw on campus. Tickets for students, faculty, and staff are $13 and go on presale March 15th through April 12th. Public tickets will be $18 and available starting March 26th. It is recommended to get tickets early as the last two big shows have sold out. Tickets will be $20 the day of the show for Gustavus students, faculty, staff, and the public. Tickets may be purchased and printed online at or at the Student Activities Office, Information Desk.

For more information, or for questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Campus Activities Board at or call the Information Desk with ticketing questions at 507-933-7590.



  1. Tong Thao says:

    Who are the opening bands?

  2. Christopher Duhaime says:

    We are working on an opening act… we will announce it as soon as we have solidified plans.