Gig Review and Photography by Noradila Nordin

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Gavin DeGraw, a singer-songwriter graced O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire with an amazing acoustic evening that left the crowd crying for more, joined by Billy Norris on the guitar and Mike Baker on the drums. A very well spent evening surrounded by Gavin’s lovely voice, melting every heart in the room with the acoustic version of his songs. Many, that did not know Gavin, became fans by the end of the show.

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15 minutes before the show, there were still fans queuing to get inside the venue. The venue was packed on all floors! Gavin came onto the stage with his trademark look, a (must-have) hat, and he wore a suit (which I always find that as his best look!), clapping, enjoying the loud cheer from the crowd before heading to the piano. His setlist started with one his well know song, ‘Chariot’.

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He then sang ‘Run Every Time’ which he dedicated to all the singles in the venue, and the couples that used to be as crazy as the singles. Gavin kept standing near the edge of the stage to get close to the fans and at one part of the song, he got down to one knee and serenaded the lucky fans in front of him!

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The fans could not help but to be amazed every time he reached the high note. Beautiful voice! Soothing and powerful at the same time! Gavin had a huge smile each time the fans cheered – he is described as the nicest person by many of his fans, and I agree! Gavin did not forget the fans at the top floors and acknowledged them every now and then.

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Before proceeding with ‘Something Worth Saving’, he told a funny story about the track name that got the crowd giggling. He told his friend in the music industry of the track title which his friend was not too eager with, thought that the critics might take the opportunity to label it as ‘Something Worth Throwing Away’. The song (and album) has definitely been ‘saved’!

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Billy Norris, the bass player got his time to shine on the guitar, playing the cover of George Michael, Faith, and ‘Annalee’ straight after. The fans were singing along and Gavin was amazed with the reactions and asked if there were singers in the crowd! How sweet of him!

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Gavin reappeared for the last two songs for the encore, ‘Dancing Shoes’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Be’ from his debut album and the song was also the theme song for the television series ‘One Tree Hill’,  which he said the song “paid his college loan”.  The crowd joined him singing, and showered him with standing ovation when the song ended. Gavin bowed to the crowd, thanking them for coming and ended with flying kisses before exiting the stage.

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An Acoustic Evening with Gavin DeGraw was exactly how I wanted to spend my (rainy during the day) Saturday. A relaxing evening with lovely music, hilarious back stories, and I must say, Gavin really is an all rounder singer and talented comedy story teller! His stories drew you in! And when he sings, very dreamy voice!

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SETLIST:
Chariot
Making Love with the Radio On
Crush
(Nice to Meet You) Anyway
In Love With A Girl
Kite Like Girl
Best I Ever Had
Stealing
Run Every Time
Say I Am
Follow Through
Radiation
Something Worth Saving
Faith (George Michael cover)
Annalee
Sweeter
More Than Anyone
A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke cover)
Hallelujah I Love Her So (Ray Charles cover)
Soldier
She Sets The City on Fire
Not Over You
Encore:
Dancing Shoes
I Don’t Want To Be

LISTENING: Finest Hour: The Best of Gavin DeGraw (2014)

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