Reviewed by Cory Clubb
Shine EP by Jeff Capps
"...the artist's brightest work to date."
I am not a song writer, nor am I a singer. Those who can combine these two things all the while traveling from state to state to perform them, I admire. Enter: Texas native Jeff Capps, who’s no stranger to music. With numerous albums, EP recordings, and a regular Sunday worship band under his belt, it’s only matter of time before his singles hit the airwaves.
Capps’s latest EP Shine is the artist’s brightest work to date. Although the track listing is short with only four songs, they prove to represent Capps’s sound and worship style as crisp and well constructed. Starting off is the track “Anchor of My Heart” a pure summarization of Christ’s role in our lives. The next song, “Shine” is primed and ready for stardom and if there was one song that defines this release this is the cut. “Shine” is captured as one of those singles that has breakout written all over it---it’s got a tempo and stamina that are easy to listen to (but you won’t get tired of), beautiful writing and Capps’ voice melts singularly into the flow. On the tracks “Merciful King” and “Only the Blood”, honesty and love excel as focal points on these two worship songs, backed by amazing symphonic moods.
Comparisons that come to mind
are Matthew West, John Ellis from Tree 63, and bits of Mark Hall from Casting
Crowns. This having been said, I think
Capps pulls his music from parts of his life, his church, and even his personal
walk with Christ. The only thing I found lacking on Shine is Capps’s
vocal strength. Instead of a leading man, he seems to sound more like a backup
singer. But, I know he’s got it in him. He just needs to reach inside
and belt out the gift God has given him.
I surely believe this is not the last release we’ve seen from this artist. Jeff Capps is a hard working singer/songwriter who believes in changing lives through his music and Jesus Christ. Be on the look out for his tunes to play on the radio and shine in our hearts.
Cory Clubb is author of the novel Saved by Grace and currently working on his first thriller. He holds a degree in Graphic Design and is always seeking to advance his talent as a writer. He is an avid reader, movie buff, and music enthusiast, tools he uses to infuse his imagination. He lives in central Illinois with his wife and three sons. You can find out more about his projects at his blog.