Joseph "Joey" Wayne De Graw (born August 21, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, voiceover actor & co-owner of The National Underground bar and record label, and brother of singer-songwriter Gavin De Graw.His first commercial release was the 2009 album, Say Something Strong.The middle child of Wayne and Lynne De Graw, he grew up in the Catskills, in South Fallsburg, New York, along with his sister, Neeka and brother, Gavin, who is also a singer-songwriter.
During this time, De Graw became well known in the New York City music scene and eventually filling the venue and other venues such as The Knitting Factory.
However, it was when local musicians began to cover De Graw's songs that people began to notice his talent.
Chris Whitley noted, "What makes Joey such a deep writer and overwhelming talent, besides his god given gifts, is that ... He is a purist and the only young blood in music today that gives me hope." Gavin De Graw has also highlighted the part his brother played in his success, advising him to write his own songs & upon hearing his later debut single, "I Don't Want to Be" stating "That's your hit!
" The song went on to reach Double Platinum certification and become the theme tune to television show, One Tree Hill.
His father is of Irish descent and his mother's family was of Russian-Jewish ancestry.
He started playing the guitar at the age of five and piano at the age of eight.Inspired by the likes of Chris Whitley, Queen, Tom Petty and The Beatles, De Graw continued his passion for music throughout his schooling, having written over 50 songs by the age of 18.After leaving high school, he decided not to study "institutionalized creativity" stating that "music school can't teach you how to write great songs." Following the move, De Graw eventually landed a weekly gig at The Bitter End on Wednesday nights, which he continued until late 2006.De Graw went on to tour with his brother, providing guitar and backing vocals for Gavin's band, as well as performing and promoting his own music.In 2005, De Graw released his debut album; a self-produced effort entitled Midnight Audio, which has sold over 40,000 copies without the support of a label.December 2007 saw De Graw and his brother, Gavin open The National Underground, a New York City venue, offering live music, food and drink.