The Band

Jake Despain

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 toured to Japan and China four times with a singing and dancing group, OnStage Studios. 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 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 as one of his favorite groups. Other recent artists he respects are David Archuleta, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and especially those that portray a good 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 husband and a Dad, with both a son and a daughter. He hopes his kids catch on with a love for singing and performing, as it truly is a tremendous blessing in life.