Alumnus, Jeff Caylor creates top-ranked album

Fri, 2007-12-07 09:15 -- univcomm
December 7, 2007

Christianity Today recently ranked AU Alumnus Jeff Caylor's (BA '94) OKAY album as number 5 of the 12 Best Christian Albums of 2007.

The review reads: "It's rare for a relatively unknown artist to crack this list without promotion, recording budget, and such to garner attention. But with creative songwriting and professional musicianship, Jeff Caylor has both talent and word-of-mouth on his side."

"When I found out, I was floored," Caylor said. "It's very humbling and kind of funny. Until a couple of years ago, I never really thought of myself as a singer."

Caylor said that the album seeks to be honest about the pain and heartache of life and the holy experiences which come out of it. "This is what brokenness feels like, and this is what healing feels like," he explained.

Caylor wrote the album in response to a period which he describes as "a life crisis, a crisis of faith."

"Shying away from familiar Christian clichés, spirituality is powerfully woven throughout, yet artfully understated," said the review on Christianity Today. "Thus the Anderson University alum cleverly examines the nuts and bolts of faith."

Caylor said, "The underpinning of album is that there's more than what meets the eye to this life when it's all said and done. After the pain and the tears, things will be OKAY."

Honesty is the foundation of the album, seeking to be okay in the midst of pain. "We live with such low expectations for our day to day lives. Then something miraculous happens, God shows up and interacts with us on a personal level," Caylor said.

"Stylistically, his jazzy folk-pop closely resembles early John Mayer and Bebo Norman," said to the Christianity Today article. "Yet there are plenty of slick piano solos, upright bass, and funky drumming to set Caylor apart from similar artists."

While the message is about finding some sort of normalcy or status-quo, Jeff Caylor's first album has far surpassed its name. His musical talent is only surpassed by his raw honesty.

—David Hynds is the Web Contents Specialist for Anderson University.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.