NEW YORK (Billboard) - Singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw says he is moving in a "much more rock direction" with the belated follow-up to his 2003 debut album.
The as-yet-untitled set will be released some time in March via J Records. His first album, "Chariot," yielded hit singles with "I Don't Want To Be" and the title track.
The first single off the new album, "In Love with a Girl," will likely hit radio before month's end. Along with tracks like "Young Love" and "Cop Stop," it revisits the themes of love and relationships that dominated "Chariot."
"I spend the most ridiculous amount of time of writing lyrics," he says. However, with the addition of heavier guitar lines and a faster pace, DeGraw hopes the effort comes off more "primal."
"I've had a lot of time to make these songs, but didn't really have any down time from one thing to the next," he says. "When I came off the road, I thought, 'Now I can relax and spend time with people that I love.' But then I thought, 'I can't lose steam here."'
While radio support played a key part in his success, DeGraw says he has established "a touring career of some kind, too. If my album tanks, then I guess that's what some people would consider 'career suicide.' But I can't live in fear of that. I'm not too concerned."