Michael "Sparkey" Drakes
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"Michael Drakes aka Sparkey"

Michael Drakes aka Sparkey began his music career at the age of 11 and since then he has been thrilling people with his music.

Every track that I listened to from Sparkey has a certain vibe and certain beat to it. In other words you are not going to get the same feel for every track.

Every track is good and different in its own way. A couple of my favorite tracks from Sparkey are "Sexy Lady", "Caught Up", and "Holding On". This is definitely some music that you will see playing in my iPod.

I hope to see Sparkey come to the States sometime and do a little tour in some major cities. If you want some good vibes reggae music then hit up Sparkey's site at www.sparkeydrakes.com - Urban Mainstream Magazine


"Song feedback"

Song: Come Back
Review:

Title: Makes the point clearly

Overall Comments:

Michael - Wonderful energy and an unflagging groove on this fun track!

Sounds like a party was going full force as this was being recorded. The percussion keeps percolating strongly throughout and helps to maintain the momentum. Nice bass line as well.

The vocal had great feel and strong tone, though it ocassionally drifted sharp. The horns obviously synthetic in nature, didn't bother me, like most synth brass, since the notes weren't held too long and there wasn't the annoying fake vibrato that sometimes accompanies them.

All in all you did a great job on Come Back!

- Taxi.com


Discography

Sparkey & Friends Back 2 Basics(14 tracks)

Singles
Getin De Urge
T'ZA
Calling
Swing
Caribbean Vibes

Video for the song Caught Up was shot in Harlem and Queens, New York

2008 singles

Swing

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Fans will tell you that he has a voice that is distinctive and resonates with energy which is evident in his dancehall and raggasoca tracks. Born in Guyana, South America he started singing in his church, he could be heard on any given Sunday thrilling the congregation with his heavy baritone voice.

Michael joined the Guyana Defence Force(GDF) it was here that he received the name of Sparkey. Sparkey performed with GDF and several other bands before leaving Guyana at the behest of the Tonik Band to relocate to Antigua in 1997. After the break-up of Tonik Band, Sparkey did stints with Vision 2000 where he wrote and recorded eleven of the twelve songs that appeared on the Vision 2000 album. One of the eleven songs, Want Me Body was written for Pat Raguette of the Virgin Islands and it became a mega hit for her when it was released. To quote her, I have never had a song like that since.

In 2004 as a member of the group Da Bhann, Sparkey toured with Atlantic Recording artist Kevin Lyttle, because of his unique voice he was able to replace reggae artist Spragga Benz and Jamesy P on Kevin's songs.

Moving on is hard, but in 2006 Sparkey and Da Bhann parted, he was convinced that this was the time to pursue a solo career. In April of 2007 his first solo CD aptly titled "Sparkey & Friends Back 2 Basics", with fourteen tracks, ten soca and four reggae was released. Artists appearing on the CD are Claudette Peters of Taxik on Crazy, Mervyn Sleepy Edwards of Taxik on Best Friends and Dalton Dyer of the new Tonik Band on Ah De Vibes.

In October 2007 Sparkey & Friends Back 2 Basics was nominated for three awards by Toronto Exclusive Magazine and he was awarded Best International World Male Artist and Best International World CD Album. In March 2008 Sparkey kicked off his 2008-2009 tour in support of his CD in Japan with three shows in Osaka and one in Tokyo. Sparkey is now charting his own course on the world stage with his brand of music.

October 6, 2007 - featured in Urban Mainstream Magazine issue # 29

2007 AWARDS:

Three award nominations and two wins from Toronto Exclusive Magazine.

1. Best International World Song...Sexy Lady
2. Best International World CD....Sparkey & Friends Back 2 Basics - Winner
3. Best International World Male Artist - Winner

September 2008 Sparkey signs a 3 year management deal with W.O.A. International for India.