Denise Renee Caplock is a recording artist, songwriter, producer and publisher hailing from Staten Island, New York. She grew up in a musical environment, with her mother a gospel singer signed to the Scepter record label. Denise sang in church and went on to join the group Staten 7.
After working in radio and the music industry, she began her way towards being a recording artist when her mother passed away and music became a huge solace to her. This track, Brightest Blessings, was inspired by the loss of her sister Patricia. Denise says the song “summarizes being judged, talked about yet still wishing others the best of everything”.
Musically, the track is an original and innovative hybrid of different genres. It starts with an EDM-style pounding bass drum, exotic percussion and a catchy riff played on what sounds like a banjo, giving it a country element. On top of this, Denise lays down a distinctive spoken word vocal, describing the importance of trying to help others and not knock them down.
Then a soulful descending piano progression enters, which lends the track a gospel feel. The percussion becomes more complex and insistent, giving it a real sense of rhythmic momentum. Denise then begins a lengthy sung section that shows her impressive vocal range. Towards the end, we hear some wild organ and bass playing, bringing the music to an uplifting climax.
Overall, this is an inspiring track that blends several musical styles in an inventive way, as well as blending spoken word and singing. Ultimately, it is an upbeat dance song that could become popular on the clubs, but it’s also just enjoyable to listen to due to its infectious beat and positive message.
Verdict: 8.2 out of 10