Tim De Graaw is a singer, session guitarist, songwriter, and independent artist, channeling his influences from blues, soul, Americana, and roots-rock. He was born in Johannesburg (South Africa) and grew up in London UK, where he first discovered his passion for blues and rock and roll, inspired by artists such as Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, and Bob Dylan.
Tim moved to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, as a guitarist and songwriter. He then spent time in both LA and Nashville where he worked as a session musician. It was here in the States where he found major sync success on hit TV shows such as 'Modern Family'. Tim later moved back to London to further develop his own artistry. He has written with songwriters such as; Sarah Walk, Charlie Puth, Fraser Churchill, Jamie Evans, Don Mescall, Pam Sheyne, and Rich Jacques.
His debut EP ‘Three Black Roses’ (2017) was recorded together with songwriter and producer, Jamie Evans (The Luka State, Jackaman, Wildwood Kin, Reigning Days). Songs such as 'Michelangelo' and 'Carry On Easy' were mixed by John Gifford at Muscle Shoals Studios (Alabama USA).
“The energy and feel he puts into his music is undeniable. His new material is a sure indication that his music is destined to fill the hole in many a record collection.” - Jamie Evans
He's recently written and recorded out in Nashville at the well known Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville (TN), releasing singles such as 'Down To Earth', and 'Verona'. Tim has worked with session musicians such as Kevin McGowan (Drummer; Larkin Poe, Sisterhood), Mike Horn (Drummer UK), Alex Labrie (Guitarist; Harrison Whitford, Daniel Donato), as well as working with Grammy-nominated producer Casey Wasner (Keb Mo) recording at his studio 'The Purple House'.
Over the summer of 2018, he teamed up with music engineer and mixer Colin Brain to record and co-produce his upcoming EP 'Serenade', which is planned to be released on the 28th of October (2018).
His lyrics are honest and personal, conveying the perils of love, struggles with depression, growing up multicultured and the search for something deeper. An international poet, painting with melody and soul. On the side of the music-making, Tim creates his own artwork for each release.