Sparkey & Friends Back 2 Basics
Nominations for the CD Sparkey & Friends Back 2 Basics from Toronto Exclusive Magazine's 2007 Awards. Three nominations and two wins. Nominations 1. Best International World Song - Sexy Lady 2. Best International World CD Album 3. Best International World Male Artist Wins 1. Best International World CD Album 2. Best International World Male Artist BIOGRAPHY Michael Drakes aka Sparkey Fans will tell you that he has a voice that is distinctive and resonates with energy. 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" that he has come to be know as. 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 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". Sparkey is now charting his own course on the world stage with his brand of music.