Gavin DeGraw Performs At HPU's Vert Stadium As Part Of Panther Palooza

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 1, 2009 – High Point University welcomed singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw to campus for an outdoor concert held at Vert Stadium on April 30. DeGraw performed a number of songs from his self-titled album.

DeGraw’s concert, which was free of charge and attracted an audience of more than 3,000 HPU students and their guests, was the featured event for the university’s annual PantherPalooza – a special end-of-year celebration. This year’s PantherPalooza also included giant inflatable games, a hot-air balloon and food from local restaurants.

DeGraw, a singer-songwriter who rose to fame in 2003 with the release of his platinum debut album, “Chariot,” is a charismatic contemporary musician with a strong following. His song “I Don’t Want To Be” was chosen as the theme for the CW network’s TV program “One Tree Hill.” He has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Live with Regis & Kelly” and more, and his songs are frequently heard on “American Idol.”

DeGraw’s album, which has a rock-oriented sound, is a collection of impassioned, emotionally resonant songs about the joys and rigors of love and life – including songs such as the bold rock tune “In Love With A Girl,” the bluesy “Young Love,” the playful “Next To Me” and more. He wrote all of the songs on the album, along with playing guitar and piano and helping with the songs’ arrangements.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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