J.P. Edwards is a singer/songwriter originally hailing from Texarkana, Texas. Aided by the experiences of an itinerant childhood, he started singing and writing music at an early age. His music is essentially acoustic pop, though there are elements of folk, blues and jazz present also. He has the intimate style of singers like Ed Sheeran and John Mayer, with the versatile voice of Justin Timberlake.
This EP consisting of eight tracks that are a perfect showcase for his musical abilities. Opening song Destinations, about the journey of a relationship, is just vocals and picked acoustic guitar. He has a voice suited to the material and the song’s lilting vocal melody soon latches in the memory.
Second song Drop Everything is a male/female duet and strummed rather than picked. The song’s quality is instantly apparent, a short verse leading to a gorgeous chorus. The blend of their vocal harmonies is exquisite, especially on the middle eight and the lyrics are touching without being trite. An obvious choice as the track to take to radio, and could well be the one that breaks him into the big time.
Other highlights of the EP for me were the sophisticated, jazzy Grave, the epic pop of Stargazing and last track World Tour, which is a sweet song that uses the idea of musical stardom as a backdrop to a heartfelt love ballad that cleverly sidesteps cliché.
Overall, this a very assured and accomplished EP by a songwriter who sounds at the top of his game. There are several potential singles to choose from, and with Drop Everything he has a surefire hit on his hands. Record companies are no doubt searching avidly for the new Ed Sheeran, and I think J.P. Edwards may just be the man.
Verdict: 8.7 out of 10