Nobody could have foreseen what would transpire that night - an unprovoked attack by several unknown individuals, resulting in DeGraw being listed under stable condition at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. He suffered a broken nose, a concussion, two black eyes and lacerations to his face. In addendum to the Assault, he had also been struck by a Taxi moments after. Now less than two-months later, he is back and ready to give it his all with the Album which he says, "shook him up".
Much-desired Hitmaker Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Adele) of OneRepublic is one of the Collaborators on this Album to give a vote of confidence in DeGraw. "We met backstage at a show for a Radio Station and spent a lot of time just stroking each other's egos, being big fans of one another" he laughs, "People really were pushing for a collaboration to happen". Tedder and him then aligned their schedules, carving-out a bit of time in Nashville where they recorded the Disc's Title Track at Blackbird Studio - using the same facilities which Kings of Leon had for their Sex on Fire. What resulted from their Session was something which DeGraw describes as "sexy, masculine and maybe a little bit like The Black Keys". He says, "We met up again in Denver and came up with a second song, which wound-up being my current single Not Over You".
DeGraw credits Tedder for bringing out a level of honesty never heard before in his Lyrics, referencing one line in their track Sweeter: "You/Went to school and found out you're dumb" - an Ode to his Ex-Girlfriend. "Am I even allowed to write that?" he revels in self-aware delight, "I never would've thought to write something like that before!".
Despite news of some shifts on a Corporate level with several other labels like Jive, Arista and J Records all merging under RCA Records to which he is signed, DeGraw hasn't been impacted significantly. "I try to remain Friends with people I've worked with even after the Business aspect of our Relationship has ended.". That same logic however doesn't apply to Love for him.
Upon perusing some of his ten cohesive hook and heartbreak-laden offerings, I couldn't help but ask about the Girl who inspired many of these songs. Does he still keep in touch with this Ex-Girlfriend? "I can't", he answers abruptly. "Sometimes it's just better to leave it out on the field when things just aren't working anymore. It's an odd thing still being in love with someone you get into more fights with than get along with.".
Slated next for the New York native is a month-long Tour in the U.S. ending in November, plus appearances at some key Radio Concerts over the Holidays, with a focus on Not Over You. Tentatively, tracks Soldier and Radiation are being considered as follow-up singles.
Watch the Video for Not Over You below:
(Photo/video credit: RCA Records)