Jake Despain

Tenor/Napoleon Dynamite Dancer

Jake grew up in Sandy, Utah as the second child in a family of five kids. At the age of five, Jake began his singing career in an extended family/neighborhood singing group. His horizons broadened as he performed year round with Onstage Studios, touring Asia multiple times as a teenager. Years later, Jake returned to Asia to serve as a missionary in Seoul, South Korea. He has a special spot in his heart for the kind Asian people.

In high school, Jake’s sweat and tears were spent on the tennis court or the football field, before going inside to sing with the Alta High Madrigals. At the University of Utah, he sang with the University of Utah A Cappella Singers. In 2002, Jake helped form the a cappella quartet “Upper Deck,” which for years entertained University of Utah students in the LDS institute, fraternities/sororities, and many corporate events. He joined Eclipse 6 while getting his MBA graduate degree with member Dan Kartchner at the University of Utah in 2006.

Growing up, Jake listened to pop hits from Michael Jackson to Billy Joel, but slowly gained respect for country music in college as the ladies got him into country dancing. He now assumes Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and others as some of his favorite music. Most of all he loves those that portray a good, uplifting message along with awesome vocals. A good ballad always hits the spot with Jake.

When he’s not singing on stage, Jake enjoys golfing, skiing, tennis, country dancing, playing the guitar, and busting out spontaneous back-flips. His claim to fame may lie in showing off his Napoleon Dynamite looks and sweet dance moves; where he is a two time Napolean Dynamite look-alike/dance competition winner in Preston, Idaho. Though most of all, Jake enjoys being a father to his four kids. That is the best job in the world.

Proverbs 3:5 -- Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths.

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