In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
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's Cougar Stadium.
Eclipse released their second album, "Think Twice," in October 2002. They also became the 2002 winners of the Rocky Mountain Regional Harmony Sweepstakes.
In 2003, Eclipse was named "Best Vocal Group" in Utah's Best of State awards and "Group Recording Artist of the Year" in the Faith Centered Music Association's Pearl Awards. They released their third album, a Christmas CD called "Three Kings" in October 2003.
In 2004, Eclipse received three more Pearl Awards, including " Holiday Album of the Year," and were the runners-up for "Best Holiday Album" in the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. They also received two Just Plain Folks Music Awards (the world's largest music awards program, honoring independent musicians in over 85 countries).
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Just the Way You Are
Review: We've loved Utah's own all-male a cappella sextet Eclipse since their strong performances at the 2001 and 2002 Harmony Sweeps Finals in San Rafael. Since then the group has toured extensively in the US and Asia, released 6 strong, award-winning CDs, and gained many fans with live performances on YouTube. After recording 'It's Christmas Time,' their second Christmas album, the group was quickly back in the recording studio to record this beautiful 5-song EP, 'Got It Covered,' all covers wonderfully arranged by Patrick Rose. Mat Kearney's 'Ships in the Night' is a soaring a cappella masterpiece; Ed Sheeran's poignant 'Lego House' shows off Eclipse's wealth of musical talent; Jason Mraz's powerful 'I Won't Give Up' is as deep and richly harmonic as we've ever heard it; Art Levine and Bruno Mars' joyous' Just the Way You Are' is a feel-good winner; and Michael Buble's 'Haven't Met You Yet' is a sunny musical walk in the park, guaranteed to chase whatever blues you may have. Consider 'Got It Covered' as a tasty best-of sampler of Eclipse, who we consider to be one of a cappella's elite performing and recording groups. Don't miss this one!
Songlist: Ships in the Night, Lego House, I Won't Give Up, Just the Way You Are, Haven't Met You Yet
Boom! Shake The Room
Review: We have been fans of the 6 young men of Logan, UT-based Eclipse since we first saw them at the Harmony Sweeps Finals in 2001 and 2002, regional winners from Denver. Their fine CDs 'Once,' 'Think Twice' and 'Three Kings' only increased our admiration. Some CARA and 'Best of State' awards later, we have the live CD 'For Show' in our hands, and can only relate to it as Eclipse's 'breakthough to the bigtime' CD. 'Kick Back, Relax,' Yes' 80s anthem 'Owner of A Lonely Heart,' 'Keep Pushin' On,' the wonderfully romantic 'You,' 'Every Other Time,' 'My Maria,' the classic 'Danny Boy,' the very funny 'McDonald's Girl' and 'Always Coca-Cola,' the Michael Jackson hit 'She's Out of My Life,' a stunning cover of the rap hit 'Boom! Shake the Room,' 'Zoot Suit Riot,' 'All My Life' and bonus tracks 'Live It On Up-Remix' and 'The Star Spangled Banner.' Always very strong vocal percussionists and strong performers in concert, the boys have all their a cappella ducks in a row on 'For Show,' and the audience, as you will hear, is simply going nuts! These guys are simply stars, 'For Show' is one of the best of the year, and we couldn't be happier for these guys!
Songlist: Live It On Up, Kick Back, Relax, If I Ever Fall In Love, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Keep Pushin' On, You, Every Other Time, My Maria (with Peter Breinholt), Danny Boy, McDonald's Girl, Always Coca-Cola, She's Out Of My Life, Boom! Shake The Room, Zoot Suit Riot, God Bless America, All My Life
Open Thou Mine Eyes
Review: 'Grateful Praise' is the 5th excellent CD from Utah-based Contemporary Christian sextet Eclipse. We have been watching Eclipse with great interest since their dynamic performances at the Harmony Sweeps Finals in 2001 and 2002, winners of the Denver and Pacific NW Regionals. The group's trademark sound features tight, smooth harmonies, solid vocal percussion, complex, beautiful arrangements and high energy. Innovative covers of three traditional tunes in the public domain, 'All Creatures of Our God and King,' begin the album, followed by the touching 'Mercy's Arms,' 'God is Love,' the lovely and familiar 'Evening Prayer,' 'Open Thou My Soul,' 'Go With Me,' one of our favorite hymns, 'Be Still My Soul,' and it finishes strongly with a pair of fine originals, 'I Believe in Christ' and 'Let The Words.' Each note is true here, each arrangement effortlessly perfect. The full color liner notes are as beautiful as any we have ever seen. An album that inspires and lifts us up, on many levels!
Songlist: All Creatures of Our God and King, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, For The Beauty of The Earth, Mercy's Arms, God Is Love, Evening Prayer, Open Thou Mine Eyes, Go With Me, Be Still, My Soul, I Believe In Christ, Let The Words
Need a Little Christmas
Review: Eclipse has taken Christmas music to a whole new level with their second holiday album. 'It's Christmas Time' is an up-beat and light-hearted collection of songs that is sure to put a smile on your face. The album features ten new arrangements that are both inventive and engaging - from the hard-hitting bass and percussion of 'Need a Little Christmas' and 'Come all ye Faithful' to the emotional delivery of 'O Holy Night,' this album will make you fall in love with Christmas music all over again. 'It's Christmas Time' is a must-have for your holiday music collection and the perfect Christmas gift.
Songlist: I Saw Three Ships, Come All Ye Faithful, Shake Up Christmas, O Holy Night, Need a Little Christmas, Christmas as a Child, Do Your Hear What I Hear?, Christmastime, Let It Snow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Review: Eclipse is an ensemble of six who met in northern Utah while attending Utah State University. They have performed extensively with the USU Department of Programs and Entertainment. This is their first recording and features original songs by all the members of the band along with a smattering of cleverly arranged covers. The original songs tend to be love songs and might be categorized as sweet-rock. They cover Sting's 'King of Pain' with some marvelous vocal embellishments and 'Africa' (not again, you think to yourself...but wait!) with a scat falsetto break making it the newest arrangement in a long while. 'Danny Boy' is sung as a beautiful multi-part harmony and showcases just what fine voices these singers have, and 'Zoot Suit Riot' is a full on jazz arrangement. This is a great first recording of a group worthy of close attention.
Songlist: Affirmation, King of Pain, You, Look My Way, Africa, Sharing the Sky, Vision, All My Life, Danny Boy, Everything, Zoot Soot Riot
Owner of a Lonely Heart
Review: These six talented young men met at Utah State University, won the 2001 Pacific NW Regional of the Harmony Sweeps and wowed the audience here at the 2001 Finals. They also won the 2002 Rocky Mountain Regionals and were great at the Finals. They were featured at the opening and closing Winter Olympics ceremonies. 'Think' is their second excellent CD, after the 2001 release 'Once.' 11 songs: 'Live It On Up,' 'Keep Pushin' On,' the title tune, the Yes hit 'Owner of a Lonely Heart,' the wonderfully-done 'Heaven's Eyes,' 'Ashes,' 'Close To Me,' 'Pouring Rain,' 'My Maria,' 'Kick Back, Relax' and Stephen C. Foster's 'Hard Times Come Again No More.' Strong, innovative arrangements by second tenor Patrick Rose, and some of the smoothest vocal percussion we've heard. Extensive, full-color liner notes with bios, photos and all lyrics. These guys say they're ready to join the a cappella elite, we couldn't agree more!
Songlist: Live It On Up, Keep Pushin' On, Think Twice, Owner of A Lonely Heart, Heaven's Eyes, Ashes, Close to me, Pouring Rain, My Maris, Kick Back, Relax, Hard Times Come Again No More
Review: The six young men of Eclipse first met in a singing group at Utah State University. Campus performances of pop covers led to their first album, 2001's 'Once.' They won the NW Regional Harmony Sweeps and were very impressive at the 2001 Finals. After performing a featured number in the Opening opening of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and releasing their second album, 'Think Twice,' they won the 2002 Rocky Mountain Sweeps Regional. 'Three Kings' is a rich, innovative Christmas CD that features 11 songs that features stunning arrangements, many of them by group member Patrick Rose. There are 3 very nice original tunes, 'This Year,' 'Room in the Inn' and the sweet 'Lullaby.' Strong vocal percussion on the spirited 'Three Kings,' 'Drummer Boy,' and 'Go Tell It.' Smooth, ringing harmonies on 'The First Noel' and 'What Child Is This?' A bluesy, jazzy 'The Christmas Song' and 'Silent Night' are last. One of the best of the year! Highly recommended.
Songlist: Three Kings, The First Noel, What Child Is This?, This Year, Drummer Boy, Lullaby, Go Tell It, Room in the Inn, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, The Christmas Song, Silent Night