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Local singer to perform on USA World Showcase

December 12, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

FAIRPLAY - Brenda Eyler is not your typical suburban mom.

In November, the Fairplay native belted out a Gospel tune on stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

She performed as part of the USA World Showcase that will air Jan. 8, 2007, on PAX TV. Viewers can go online and vote for their favorite performer. The winner returns to Las Vegas and has the chance to win $50,000.

The 38-year-old mother of two chose to sing "The Shadow of the Cross," for the showcase because she started singing in church.

"I sing Gospel more than I sing other songs. It's a ministry for me," she said. "I like to be a blessing for other people."

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Her husband, Stephen Eyler, accompanied her to Las Vegas.

About 40,000 people auditioned for the USA World Showcase, said David Thornton, production director for the showcase. Singers, models, actors and comedians all take part in the showcase, Eyler said.

Brenda Eyler doesn't have a voice coach, and she's never had voice lessons, but people tell her that she has what it takes, she said.

Eyler started entering showcases and talent pageants when she was 18, and she has won several. She sings at weddings and churches, and would like to perform for more private gatherings, she said.

She hopes that the showcase airing on national TV gives her some publicity.

"I hope somebody hears me and calls me," she said. "I'm trying to find my lucky break."

Eyler enjoys country, pop, soft rock and adult contemporary music. Recording a CD in Nashville has long been a dream of hers, she said.

"I always wanted to go to Nashville and record."

She found information about the showcase on the Internet, and decided to audition by telephone.

Friends from her MySpace Web site drove from California to meet Eyler in Las Vegas.

Eyler uses MySpace to help get her name out, and she says she is connected to about 1,400 Internet friends. A few of her songs are available to download at the site. Fans leave her words of support on the Web site's message board.

She has asked everyone through her MySpace site and web logs to watch the USA World Showcase and vote for her.

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