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Shayne Taylor

Shayne Taylor

The six members of Eclipse originally met while performing in a public relations /ambassador-oriented group that was part of the department of Programs and Entertainment at Utah State University. They began by arranging their own vocal covers of popular songs and performing them on campus and in the Logan area. Increasing public interest and performance opportunities led to the recording of their first album, "Once," which was released in April 2001. Following the release, the band’s main focus shifted to gaining exposure. They auditioned for, and were accepted to compete in, the Northwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes Competition. They took first place and were featured at the National Competition in May 2001 with the 8 other Regional winners from around the nation. In Utah, concerts and contacts continued and relationships were developed as Eclipse began performing with local artists such as Colors, John Schmidt, Peter Breinholt, and Kurt Bestor. In September 2001, Eclipse was asked by Kenny Ortega, Olympic Ceremonies Director, to perform a featured number in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. This led to other opportunities, including a featured spot in the Closing Ceremonies and a series of appearances at the Medals Plaza opening for such acts as Brooks & Dunn, Nelly Furtado, and Train. Shortly after the Olympics, Eclipse was asked to be a featured guest along with Larry King and Toby Keith at the "Stadium of Fire," the 4th of July celebration at BYU

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