In the spring of 2002, following a sold-out showcase at New York's Joe's Pub, Gavin began work on his debut album Chariot.The album's depth and focus attest to Gavin's clear vision of his identity as an artist.
He rose to fame with the single "I Don't Want to Be" from his debut album Chariot which became the theme song for the television drama series One Tree Hill.He began singing and playing piano at the age of eight.He has two older siblings, a sister Neeka and a brother, Joey, also a musician.The band played many of the local hotels and clubs around the Monticello area.It was at his brother's advice that he began writing his own songs.We really worked at making it breathe." Ahead of this, its single "In Love with a Girl" was released on February 12, 2008. This was followed by the Live From Soho album, released on November 7, 2008, featuring mostly tracks from Gavin De Graw.De Graw made Free in less than two weeks at the Brooklyn studio of his producer, Camus Celli.Wilson signed on as his manager and almost immediately, word of the talented newcomer began to spread through New York's music community, and the quality of his performances lived up to the buzz."When I first heard Gavin perform, I turned to Debbie (his manager) and said I need to sign this guy right now, says Randy Sabiston, Senior Director of A&R at Warner Chappell.Growing up in a musical family, he was raised to regard music as part of the fabric of everyday life rather than a remote show-business ideal.As a teenager he also played in a local Catskills group called The People's Band with fellow local musicians: Steven Levine on vocals as well as his brother, Joey.