134280714 Gavin DeGraw Explores Sexy Side With Sweeter

Gavin DeGraw performs at the 2011 CMT Artists of the year celebration at the Bridgestone Arena on November 29, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – Gavin DeGraw released his third studio album, “Sweeter,” just last September, but already the singer-songwriter is plotting his next release. “Ideally, you always want to be able to put out a record every six months or 10 months,” he said. “But it would be rough because you spend so much time on the road, getting that album out there, that you need a significant amount of time to get your writing done in that specific amount of time.”

For now, the 35-year-old DeGraw is busy touring behind “Sweeter,” which features the platinum single “Not Over You,” co-written with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. When the pair got together to write the track in Tedder’s “underground studio” in Denver, it all came together very quickly. “We went through some ideas and a few minutes later, we had the chorus written,” DeGraw said. “We found that theme that people can relate to,” he added, referring to “Not Over You,” a song about love and relationships.

“We really felt like we had the right spark for the flame,” DeGraw said. And the spark worked.

“We played it for a couple of people and they freaked out,” DeGraw recalled about introducing the demo to music executives.

DeGraw is now looking to the next single — possibly the title track, a song he thinks is a good representation of the entire album. With its throwback yet modern vibe, DeGraw strove for something a little sexier with the song. “You want something that’s kind of sexy, but as a man, you don’t want it to be like wimpy-sexy,” he said. “You want it to be tough-sexy. I’m trying to find that fine line.”

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