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Clarke to Host Platinum-Selling Recording Artist Gavin DeGraw

posted on February 24, 2005

Clarke College and the Clarke Student Association (CSA) will host a performance by platinum-selling recording artist Gavin DeGraw at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center on the Clarke College campus. The tour will also include performances by singer-songwriter Michael Tolcher and another opening act to be announced at a later date. Clarke College is the only Iowa, Illinois or Wisconsin stop on the tour.

One-thousand tickets will be available at a student rate of $18. Students must show a valid College or high school ID to purchase student-rate tickets. General public tickets are $23 and all seats are general admission. Tickets sales begin Wednesday, March 9, at the Clarke College Whitlow Bookstore (563-588-6307) and all Dubuque CDs 4 Change locations.

Chariot, Gavin DeGraw’s 2003 platinum-selling J Records debut, introduced the world to a vital, magnetic young artist whose abundant talent and charisma were already well known to New York clubgoers. The 11-song collection is a remarkably accomplished and compelling first effort, offering the same combination of raw emotion and eloquent songcraft that originally drew hometown fans to the 28-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist’s live shows.

Chariot doesn’t disappoint. On such emotionally forthright, melodically arresting originals as “Just Friends,” “Crush” and “Follow Through,” DeGraw writes lyrics that muse on life and love with a hard-won insight that belies his age. He sings his songs in a gently raspy, effortlessly emotive voice that carries a level of emotional depth that’s remarkable for one so young, conveying the elation of love and the pain of heartbreak with equal assurance.

Michael Tolcher, a gifted artist in every sense of the word, is a writer, singer, musician and performer who deftly blends unfailing melodic and organic pop sensibilities with a deep understanding of soul, R&B and urban grooves drawn from his Southern upbringing. His debut album, “I Am,” is an inspired collection of songs and melodies that muse on life, love and social consciousness. Tolcher’s song “Sooner or Later” is the theme song for the ABC television show “Life as We Know It.”

Media requesting more information should contact Mike Cyze in the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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