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Welcome to Radio Feedback, Radio.com’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio.
Gavin DeGraw released his debut album Chariot in 2003, but it wasn’t until two years later that he first heard one of his songs on the radio.
His third single off the album was “Follow Through,” and while driving around Washington, D.C. he heard the song. In an interview with Radio.com, he explained why hearing this song came full circle.
“I was in the car with my rep at the time, and there was an old song playing on the radio,” he explained, as he sang “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds. “It was from The Breakfast Club, and I was thinking, ‘Man, I would love to cover this song!’”
The song that followed on the station was also a very familiar one.
“The next song that came on the radio was ‘Follow Through’ and I was like, ‘Oh, no way! I can’t believe it!’”
For DeGraw, the whole experience of hearing “Follow Through” that day was “very ironic,” as The Breakfast Club soundtrack, he explained, was his very first tape, given to him one Christmas.
“It was really fortuitous that it would be the song that was on the first tape that I ever had as a kid, [and that] it would be played after that song. Pretty amazing, really. That’s so crazy.”
DeGraw has since gone on to release four more studio albums, with many of his songs receiving air time. His latest, Make A Move, includes lead single “Best I Ever Had,” which he wrote with Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls.
Gavin DeGraw’s Make A Move is out now.